While Terrell Owens is still stuck in football jail, his agent Drew Rosenhaus remains confident that his client will be on a new team soon. In fact, Rosenhaus said five teams are interested, but those teams remain unknown.
The Redskins, Seahawks and Chargers have said no to Owens. The 15-year veteran receiver seems to be running out of options, yet Rosenhaus said on NFL Live that Owens will land somewhere within the next couple of weeks.
(I'm not entirely sure why there are five teams discussing Owens, but since Rosenhaus insisted, it's worth it to take a look at which teams could really use his services.)
So which team could use Owens? Which team is the best fit for him? Rosenhaus might be talking to five teams, but I think there are only two teams that truly need Owens. The one team that truly, desperately needs a receiver like T.O is the Chicago Bears. The other team is the Denver Broncos, who recently traded away Brandon Marshall.
Jay Cutler needs weapons. He desperately needs weapons. The best receiver on Chicago is kick returner Devin Hester. He's the kick returner! Johnny Knox had a pretty good rookie season. Tight end Greg Olsen is only getting better. But that isn't good enough for a quarterback like Cutler.
The Bears offense was mediocre last year, ranked 23rd in the NFL in points per game with 20.4. Most importantly, they only averaged 10.8 yards per reception, 25th in the league. Cutler could use another reliable weapon to throw to instead of hoping Hester makes a miraculous play every possession. So could new offensive coordinator Mike Martz. T.O in Martz's system could be scary.
If the offense is dependent on the 24-year-old Matt Forte and a bunch of descent young receivers (and a kick returner), Chicago's playoff chances will be slim at best. With Owens, that could be enough for them to put up 27 points per game.
It's simple. The Broncos just traded one of the best receivers in the league. There are zero legitimate threats on offense so T.O could only be an improvement.
They drafted two receivers and they still have Eddie Royal. Denver also drafted quarterback Tim Tebow and signed Brady Quinn. No matter who the starting quarterback is, it's going to be a rough season if Royal is the best receiver.
Bottom line: it doesn't really look like a great offense on paper. In fact, the offense looks horrible on paper. Knowshon Moreno has a lot of potential, but that might be the only good thing anyone can say (Please don't even think about saying Tebow has potential. Not yet).
Chicago makes the most sense for Owens. The Bears have a good quarterback, an improved running game and Mike Martz. That sounds like a good fit. We'll have to wait and see who Rosenhaus' mystery teams are. - Michael Klopman
Michael, a Penn State Graduate writes for Xtra Point Football, Around the Horn Baseball, and works on the sports page at the Huffington Post.
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