Four Corners: Where should and where will T.O. call home this season?

March 12, 2010

Bristol is beckoning
Kevin Van Valkenburg

Baltimore Sun

I think I've solved the Terrell Owens issue. I know the perfect franchise for him. His inflated ego will fit right in, and so will his declining skills.

It just isn't an NFL team. It's ESPN.

Think about it. This is a match made in self-promoting heaven. T.O. isn't an elite NFL wide receiver anymore, but he'd be the perfect fit in Bristol. He could do weekly podcasts with Bill Simmons, corny humor segments with Kenny Mayne and Rick Reilly, a daily shouting contest with Colin Cowherd or Skip Bayless, and he could even give Hannah Storm fashion advice.

I don't want to see T.O. limp through another season with the Bears or Bengals, dropping passes and throwing sideline hissy fits. ESPN would just over-cover that anyway. Let's just make this marriage official. Put him on the payroll.

kvanvalkenburg2@tribune.com

In demand? Hardly
Sam Farmer

Los Angeles Times

Terrell Owens will be in Los Angeles this week, playing basketball for a segment on the reality show "Pros vs. Joes." It might be his last time in the spotlight for a while.

Nobody in the NFL is clamoring for his services, as evidenced by his recent flirtation with Cincinnati. The Bengals brought him in Tuesday night, and he had dinner with Marvin Lewis and his coaching staff. On Wednesday, Owens met with Lewis a bit more and with Bengals owner Mike Brown. The receiver left around noon, and three hours later the team announced it had signed Antonio Bryant to a four-year deal.

Owens probably will sign with somebody in the coming weeks - perhaps with Denver if the Broncos part ways with Brandon Marshall - but don't expect T.O.'s career to head into O.T. He's largely an afterthought now.

sfarmer@tribune.com

Staying in AFC East?
Omar Kelly

Sun Sentinel

Terrell Owens should be playing for the Dolphins this season.

Miami desperately needs a playmaking receiver who can give its passing game some punch and assist in quarterback Chad Henne's development. But this Bill Parcells-led franchise wants nothing to do with a "diva receiva" like Owens, whom Parcells remembers from his days in Dallas.

So don't count on T.O. signing with Miami.

However, don't rule out another AFC East team, one with a dominant quarterback and a head coach with the clout to carry Owens' baggage.

Bill Belichick and the Patriots helped Randy Moss resurrect his career and it could be the right time for the Patriots to take on another reclamation project.

It's scary to imagine Owens and Moss running routes together for Tom Brady.

okelly@tribune.com

Back to the Bay Area
Dan Pompei

Chicago Tribune

There is only one place for Terrell Owens. Well, only one place on this planet anyway. And that is on the team where the bizarre is commonplace, where logic gets strip-sacked, and where they march only to the beat of an 80-year-old drummer.

Wasn't T.O. born to be a Raider?

He started his NFL career across the bay in San Francisco. It would be fitting if he ended it in Oakland.

You could see octogenarian Raiders owner Al Davis being infatuated with T.O.'s big-play ability (or what's left of it), as well as his star power. And the qualities in Owens that make most teams blush wouldn't make the Raiders blink. The Raiders are in need of a receiver after releasing Javon Walker.

T.O. is in need of someone who will put up with him. Just don't expect it to end well.

dpompei@tribune.com

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