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Doug Farrar

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Too Much Baggage

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While I would love nothing better than for some team to sign Terrell Owens in the next week, just to avoid having him be this off-season's Brett Favre story, I think it's going to take a while. As talented as he may still be, getting cut by the Cowboys is very different than being axed by the Eagles. Jerry Jones is well-known as a guy who will accept whatever character flaws his players have, as long as championships are on the horizon. For Jones to cut the ties with T.O. sends a huge red flag to the rest of the NFL. This is a huge obstacle for him.

The team that takes him will most likely be a contender (or a team mistakenly thinking of contention) in desperate need of a playmaking receiver -- whether through injury, suspension, or other personnel shortfall. The first team that comes to mind is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- this is a team known for ignoring character issues if the players are producing, and the Bucs are stuck with Antonio Bryant and a cast of nothing. The Denver Broncos may believe that they're contenders this year, and if Brandon Marshall finds himself suspended by the league again for any amount of time, that shaky management might pull the trigger.

The Giants know, come hell or high water, that Eli Manning needs a tall target to grab those lobs three feet over the receiver's head -- why else would Jerry Reese and co. be amenable to a Plaxico reunion under the right circumstances? And the Raiders, who think they're always Super Bowl-bound even when they're looking at a 2-14 season, love to stock the pantry with reprobates.

His baggage will get in the way. Contending teams with receiver needs will be out of the picture for Owens' priors. The Vikings? Nope -- Brad Childress caught Owens' act in Philly. The Dolphins? Fuggetaboudit -- Bill Parcells and most of that coaching staff was in Dallas long enough to know what they'd be getting. The Seahawks? Remember the famous shot of T.O. screaming at San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Knapp a few years back? Knapp now has that same position in Seattle, and head coach Jim Mora was the 49ers' defensive coordinator during that time.

Owens is running out of options. And he has nobody to blame but himself. He'll most likely have to accept a low-ball contract with a middling team just to stay in the league.

By Doug Farrar  |  March 5, 2009; 10:49 AM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys , Doug Farrar Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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