|Could Terrell Owens Play for the Cowboys?|
|by Norm Hitzges||Wed, Nov 16, 2005, 03:49 PM|
As soon as Terrell Owens wore out his welcome in the last place he played, there was talk of him coming to Dallas. My first question was, would Jerry really want him on his team? But, I think a more interesting question is, does Drew Bledsoe really want him on the team.
Terrell Owens is a QB Killer. This is a serial QB killer. Everywhere he goes he sticks a knife in the liver of the guy taking the snaps. Maybe the best thing that the Eagles could have done with TO is make him a QB. Let him get his kidney kicked up into his mouth a couple of times. Maybe he’d have a better appreciation of the men that play that position.
Anyway, there seems to be this feeling that the Cowboys are interested in Terrell Owens. Sports Illustrated has come out with their rankings of who’s most likely to sign Terrell Owens and guess who was number one? THE COWBOYS.
Now, Jerry Jones is not allowed to talk specifically about TO since he is under contract with Philadelphia. He did basically tell us last Friday that he would not be afraid of signing a “serious competitor” that may have some baggage. Jerry definitely left the door wide open.
There is no doubt that on the field TO is a great asset. You will be hard pressed to look at TO’s plays and say that he takes any plays off. On the field he is a competitor.
But he is also a guy who can tear up the fabric of a team. But, Jerry also told us on Friday that even trouble makers can change and save their careers. I believe the door is squarely open for TO to become a Cowboy.
I think that before you start thinking that TO will work well in Dallas you need to remember a couple of things:
1) I keep hearing people say, “…well, with a strong coach like Bill Parcells…” maybe TO will change….Wait a minute! Andy Reid is a tough guy who gave Owens chances and finally got so fed up that he decided the team was better without TO.
2) IF Terrell signs here, who loses his job? Terry Glenn that is you…How hard is it going to be to tell Terry Glenn that he is being replaced by this loudmouth.
I don’t think Bill would fiddle with Keyshawn’s role on this team…And I think Bill genuinely likes Terry Glenn but TO would push Glenn down to #3. Can everyone work this way?
I’m told that there some people in the NFL that are absolutely convinced the Dallas is stop #1 for TO. They are convinced that this is the place that TO is going to be next year.
I have to tell you, I'm not a proponent of signing a guy like Terrell Owens. He has been disruptive everywhere he has been (and even in some places he's never been). But, I have to admit that, under some very specific circumstances, I would be intrigued with seeing TO wear the Star that he stomped on years ago.
First of all, I'd want the Cowboys to go into this with their eyes completely wide open. They need to understand that they cannot depend on this guy. They need to understand that he is not a long term type player. And his contract needs to reflect this. The contract needs to be filled with incentives and very easy for the Cowboys to simply cut TO when things get rough. The contract needs to be short term and require TO to perform. If he doesn't perform he doesn't get paid.Will he (and his squirrel of an agent Drew Rosenhaus) sign this type of contract? I don't know. But, if it works can you imagine having Keyshawn, TO, Terry Glenn AND Jason Witten on the field at the same time…Those are some weapons!
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