Tuesday, July 20, 2010

No T.O. Show - Yet

Well, at least Terrell Owens’ agent Drew Rosenhaus is confident his client will get a job soon.

Today’s news from the Seattle Seahawks adds another team to the list of NFL teams saying no thank you to Mr. Owens and his on the field talent and his off the field antics. Other teams in need of a wide receiver who have passed on T.O. include the Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers who will be without their star wide out Vincent Jackson for three games.

T.O is getting old – 36 – but is still capable of helping out a team in need of a number two/three guy. I know his stats from last year were terrible, but so were the QBs that were passing him the ball – well, throwing in his direction when they weren’t lying on their back.

I think the tough part for T.O. is realizing he isn’t the number one receiver he used to be and being humble enough to accept a smaller role and paycheck. I’m sure this is difficult for a number of superstars that are headed in to their “senior” years in the NFL. That’s just the reality of the sport – teams get younger every year and eventually the light fades on the veterans and shines on the up and coming players.

That being said, let’s not be naïve and think that T.O.’s lack of employment (in the NFL at least) is solely because of his age. He is responsible for a large portion of the lack of interest he has been shown publicly because of his attitude and tendency to rip apart a locker room. He is a polarizing player – you either love him or hate him – and teams don’t want that kind of division in the huddle. If he had trouble with one team, moved on, and became a model player on another then this would not be an issue. But to consistently show a pattern of disrespect and behavior detrimental to a team gives general managers and coaches a lot to think about before they sit down with Mr. Rosenhaus to bring you on board.

You can get your popcorn ready, but it’s going to get cold before you see T.O. score a team, let alone a touchdown.

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