Are the Ravens desperate enough to consider T.O.?

October 26, 2011|By Matt Vensel

A shirtless Terrell Owens ran routes and caught passes on Tuesday, hoping to attract the attention of the 32 NFL teams who skipped the free agent's workout. The Ravens are desperate, too, after their offense picked up 146 total yards -- 90 came on their late touchdown drive -- in Monday's 12-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

But are the Ravens desperate enough to sign the 37-year-old diva wide receiver?

I’m guessing they would rather add a live cobra to their locker room, and I think a smarter move would be bringing in a Pro Bowl running back like, say, Ray Rice to get the offense on track. But the wide receiver play has been inconsistent for the Ravens, as has the play of quarterback Joe Flacco, through six games.

Anquan Boldin leads the team with 27 catches for 394 yards. Rookie Torrey Smith is who we thought he was: a legit deep threat (he has four touchdowns and is averaging 22.4 yards per catch), but he has just 12 receptions. Lee Evans, who has missed the past four games, and LaQuan Williams have two catches apiece.

“You have to get vertical and you have to make them pay. That’s the bottom line,” coach John Harbaugh said. “I think we can do a better job of making them pay downfield, do a better job of making them pay on crossing routes and things like that to beat that coverage. We are capable of doing it. We have done it before this year.”

So has Owens, who was effective in 2010 then suffered a serious knee injury during the offseason. One of last season’s biggest surprises, T.O. had 72 catches for 983 yards and nine touchdowns in Cincinnati.

Even though camera crews and reporters were the only ones who showed up to watch Owens on Tuesday, you have to figure some teams are internally discussing the possibility of bringing him in for a private workout.

The Ravens discuss every available player, even if it’s just long enough for nays across the board. I suspect that would be the case with Owens, but we have seen in the past that the Ravens aren’t afraid to gamble.

They are desperate to find answers on offense -- the best one is No. 27 in your game day program -- but I think signing Owens would be a rash decision. If Evans is close to returning, they don’t need Owens’ big body.

And they certainly don’t need his drama.

But I’m sure there will be a few of you who are so sick of watching Flacco’s passes pick up grass stains that you will say otherwise (which is really saying something considering that whole T.O. trade fiasco in 2004).

Your turn: Are the Ravens desperate enough to seriously consider signing Terrell Owens?

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