Three reasons why the Tennessee Titans could G.O. for T.O.

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Is the apocalypse truly upon us?

As we all know, the ultra-talented but controversial Terrell Owens was surprisingly given his walking papers by Jerry Jones last week. Since then, rumors have surfaced regarding a possible spotting of T.O. and his equally vilified agent/companion Drew Rosenhaus in Nashville a day or so ago.

On paper, never in a million years would be the response to anyone suggesting that the Titans would be interested in T.O. A certified cancer who has played a key role in making the lives miserable of coaches/players in several NFL cities, why on earth would the no-nonsense Titans even consider the possibility of bringing Owens into the fold?

However, while taking a closer look, here are three reasons why the thought of bringing T.O. to Nashville isn’t as crazy as it appears to be.  

The Titans still lack a #1 WR

Don’t get me wrong: I like the signing of Nate Washington and what he brings to the table. He’s an athletic guy who can stretch the field and should provide the Titans with the presence of a deep threat that’s been missing from their passing game.

However, despite his potential/abilities, Washington hasn’t been anything more than a #3 WR so far in his career. Justin Gage, while solid, is better suited to being a team’s #2 receiving option.

Despite his advancing age, T.O. is a legit #1 WR who will require opposing defenses to be aware of his presence at all times. Adding a guy with his skill-set would do wonders for the Titan offense.

Unfortunately, there’s a ton of baggage that accompanies his God-given talents, which is why T.O. is looking for employment as we speak and also the main reason behind the Titans’ likely decision to pass on bringing him to Nashville.

The Keyshawn Johnson precedent

Speaking of baggage, this wouldn’t be the first time that the Titans would be entertaining the thought of reeling in a contoversial WR. Two years ago, Jeff Fisher and the Titans offered “Just Give Me the Damn Ball” a.k.a. Keyshawn Johnson a two-year deal worth close to $8 million, but Key decided to retire to the world of broadcasting instead.

Of course, Fisher’s USC relationship with Johnson probably was one of the primary reasons for the team’s interest in #19. However, the fact still remains that like Owens, Johnson was known as a knucklehead and chemistry killer in other NFL cities and despite that baggage, the Titans were willing to take a chance on him.

Strong leadership

If the Titans were to sign T.O., he would be joining a team that has strong leadership on and off the field. Head Coach Jeff Fisher is a tough guy who isn’t going to tolerate the negative antics of a primadonna such as T.O. Veteran leaders such as Kevin Mawae, Keith Bulluck and Jevon Kearse would be more than willing to read Owens the riot act if he got out of line.

Unlike his previous employer, the dysfunctional Dallas Cowboys, the Titans have the type of strong leadership in place that is capable of harnessing the brashness of #81.

I think I already know the answer to the question I’m about to pose, but heck, I’ll ask it anyway: Could the Titans go for T.O.?   

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9 Responses to “Three reasons why the Tennessee Titans could G.O. for T.O.”

  1. kevin b Says:

    I am sorry drex,but we are going to sell our (titans )collective souls to the devil this time !! we must adavance in the play offs next time around and T.O. mabey our one chance , we are to predictable, to mundane ,to “safe “. We need a face on our offense,a hero,a icon , even if its a ….super villian !!

  2. cld12pk2go Says:

    It makes me fill dirty to say it, but I would not mind the Titans bringing him in.
    He could improve our O as much as CJ did, and from where we are starting this year (in good shape) that could mean 30 points per game.
    Coupled with a stingy D, that means being fully loaded for a deep playoff push.
    Of course, I don’t think their is much chance of this happening…

  3. Gary Rice Says:

    I might be willing to take a chance but I would rather go after Torry Holt. He’s still really good and he’s a couple of years younger than T.O. and alot less baggage. Holt could actually teach our young WR’s a thing or two.

  4. Brad Says:

    I think it is a really intruging possibility. We do need a #1 reciever. If we got T.O. it would eliminate one of our draft needs and we would probably become one of the most prolific offenses in the league. Think about this lineup Owens, Washington, Johnson, Young those being the flashy guys while we still have our powerful nasty guys everywhere else. Also I think Bulluck would smack T.O. around a bit if he got out of line lol. But anyway I hope we go after this guy I think the big problem in Dallas is Romo not Owens everything just gets blamed on this guy because he is not afraid to say what he feels. He is controversial but he is usually right.

  5. Seth Leonard Says:

    I thought Holt was older, but I’m too lazy to look that up.
    T.O. though? Really? I mean all last season people on this board lauded our team spirit and cohesion, and wouldn’t bringing in a clownburger like Owens pretty much be the antithesis of our precedent.
    But hell, why not try him out on a one year contract, couple million. If he gets rowdy, out the door he goes right in time to free up cap room for next free agency.
    Also, I’m still pushing the idea of getting extra value from Crumpler by putting his fat ass at guard sometimes

  6. David H... Says:

    I say do it. What do we have to lose??? Pacman was a jerk and a criminal but his antics were off the field. At least T.O is a model citizen once he takes his pads off. It would finally give our team some nationwide exposure. I live in NY and I would love to see more Titans games nationally broadcasted. We could really be the most complete team in football if we landed this guy. And Kerry is a vet, he would definetly put him in check in the huddle. Now VY… thats a different story. But last time I checked Vince isn’t the starter.

  7. bobcomu Says:

    Doesn’t matter if they want him or not. T.O. is a Buffalo Bill.

  8. Bob Loblaw Says:

    Yeah, that’s too bad. For all his downside, his upside is amazing too. A 1-yr deal would have been perfectly palatable. The thing that nobody really mentioned about Owens is the fact that he is an outstanding blocker in the run game. To me, that is why he would have been worth so much more to the Titans than Tory Holt or some of the other receivers rumored to be available via trade.

  9. Drexel Perry Says:

    Didn’t expect him to end up in Buffalo. On paper, a WR group of Owens, Evans, Roscoe Parrish and Josh Reed doesn’t look bad at all.
    Of course, it will be interesting to see how T.O. meshes with a team as young as the Bills.
    It’s only a one-year deal, so if he does act up, they can easily get rid of him with no big cap repurcussions.
    Not a bad gamble by Buffalo, IMO.

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