We've had a few days to digest the fact the Terrell Owens has signed with the Buffalo Bills. But when I think about it, I still have the same reaction: are you CRAZY?!
Well, I feel that way for the Bills and Bills fans. Just looking at the face of situation makes one think, "here we go again." TO has done this before and to teams with backbones (Cowboys, Eagles) so we can imagine what he'll do to a team like the Bills. It's only a matter of time.
And it's not only his attitude. It's blatantly evident to anyone who watched a Cowboys game last season that TO is losing his touch. He dropped 12 passes last year, but that only means he touched the ball. Countless times he gave up on a route or didn't even try to grab the ball when the pass could clearly have been caught with even just a little extra effort. So frustrating as a fan of either the team or the game.
But if we take a second and look at the situation on a slightly deeper level, we find that this may just be a win-win for both the Bills and TO. Here's why:
1) It's a one year contract paying TO one of the highest WR salaries in the league ($6.5 million). If we look back at TO's tenures (San Francisco, Philadelphia & Dallas) his first year has never been the problem. At each stop he's tried to impress the league and prove that he's the best around. It's only after things don't go as planned that he blows up and starts to say some unnecessary things, letting his competitiveness get the best of his attitude. He has proven three times that he can be a team player in his first year or two. This gives the Bills the chance to have a potential playmaker on good behavior trying to prove he's still the best. If it doesn't work out, it's only one year and this young, rebuilding team is that much wiser.
I mean, if Randy Moss can do it with the Patriots, TO would do well to learn from him.
2) TO is an amazing complement to Lee Evans. TO is the rough and tough underneath route runner while Evans is the downfield burner. With TO getting balls and drawing coverage underneath because he's capable of breaking one off if he catches it, Evans should now have an easier time running his deep routes and getting behind the corners and safeties. With a capable QB in Trent Edwards and a two-headed rushing attack in Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson, TO can only help these guys out.
3) As a natural attention getter, TO brings a lot of interest into the second-smallest market in the NFL. As I mentioned in my blog about a team moving to LA, Buffalo as a city is hurting for money, and thus the Bills are significantly affected by the situation as well. Bringing in TO has a lot of people getting excited about what he can do to boost the profile of the franchise he has now dubbed "North America's Team."
No one can tell whether or not this deal will work for either side, but there are compelling reasons to believe one or the other. Ultimately, I'm gonna say the same thing now that I said the when he signed with the Cowboys: "well, let's wait and see." Hopefully it ends a little better this time.