Already there has been speculation and talk that the Tennessee Titans should entertain the notion of bringing in wide receiver Terrell Owens.
Don’t bet on it.
According to my sources, the Titans don’t want any part of the talented but often troublemaking wide receiver who was just released by the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday night.
What are the chances of it? Think somewhere along the lines of Bluto’s grade-point average in Animal House. … Zero point zero.
Even at 36, Owens is still one of the NFL’s most dangerous wide receivers, but given that the Titans have had more than their fill of troubled talents (see Jones, Pacman), adding Owens certainly doesn’t fit into what was a mostly harmonious locker room the past couple of seasons.
He has already worn out welcomes in San Francisco, Philadelphia and now Dallas, and managed to throw his quarterback under the bus in varying ways at each stop.
Kerry Collins has overcome plenty in his NFL career to remain a competent NFL starter. Maybe the grizzled veteran could handle Owens’ constant chirping.
But heaven forbid if Owens ever had to be on the field together with Vince Young. The combination of Owens’ scathing anti-quarterback antics with Young’s sometimes errant throws and his fragile psyche is a recipe for disaster.
Yes, the Titans are one playmaking receiver away from perhaps going to a Super Bowl.
But there are drawbacks to Owens that come in addition to his erratic and mercurial behavior.
For one thing, he is not a crisp route runner, something Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger is a stickler for. Anyone who has ever witnessed a Titans practice knows how steamed Heimerdinger can get when a receiver isn’t in the right spot when the ball is delivered. He’s not one for a lot of freelancing, and that is something Owens has a reputation for doing.
And another, Owens was one of the leaders in dropped passes a year ago.
As for taking a flier on T.O., look for the Titans to just say no.