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NFC East Redux

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Terrell Owens is not an easy man to work with. He created problems in San Francisco. He created a circus in Philadelphia. Well, technically the circus was on the driveway of his mansion in New Jersey, but you get the point.

Owens created near anarchy in Dallas. He feuded with then-head coach Bill Parcells. He nearly killed himself. He cried for his quarterback. He cried about his quarterback. Finally Jerry Jones got fed up, traded way too much for Roy Williams, and let it be known that TO's days in Big D were numbered.

Three franchises with storied histories and over the course of 12 Hall of Fame-caliber seasons, Owens has become perhaps the most reviled figure in each of those histories.

But look at his numbers in his first year in Philly. Seventy-seven catches for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns in only 14 games. And an appearance in the Super Bowl, where he caught nine balls for 122 yards on a broken leg.

It wasn't until the off season, when TO felt he should have been paid for his efforts, that things got bad in Philly. There wouldn't have been so many jerseys to burn if people in Philly didn't love him so much when he got there.

Now, look at his numbers in his first year in Dallas. Eighty-five balls for 1,180 and 13 touchdowns. Popcorn wasn't just ready, it was consumed all season long. And his numbers got better the next year (81 catches for 1,355 and 15 TDs in 15 games). Sure he was petulant. Sure he wanted the ball all the time. Sure he caused some media controversy.

He's a wide receiver. In the NFL. This was unexpected?

Call him all the names you want, but for one year -- which if GMs around the league had any sense, it's all anyone should sign the 35-year old to -- he's the best option out there. People in Philadelphia have been talking about putting a package together to trade for Arizona wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Boldin, who fought with his offensive coordinator during the NFC title game and left the stadium before the celebration was underway. Boldin, who talked about leaving Arizona after the season DURING Super Bowl week.

Well, now Eagles fans don't need to waste the draft pick or expendable player to get Boldin. They can get the guy he learned from. Bring TO back to Philly. They need a receiver. It'll give Donovan McNabb a chance to show he's really matured. And the sight of all the half-burnt 81 jerseys around the Linc would be worth the price of admission.

But the Eagles brass doesn't have brass enough... in other words, it ain't gonna happen in Philly. Let Dawkins go and resign TO in the same off season? The city might implode.

But don't be shocked if TO doesn't leave the division. Would the Giants rather have TO or a guy who shoots himself and gets arrested? TO might complain more, but he doesn't show up late for meetings and miss part of the season because he's in shackles. TO is better than what else they have in New York. And surely, TO is better than whatever they have in DC. Antwaan Randle El? Devin Thomas? James Thrash?

DC...get your popcorn ready. But be mindful -- it'll get stale pretty quick.

By Dan Levy  |  March 5, 2009; 10:12 AM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys , Dan Levy Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The only teams which could successfully absorb T.O. are those with mature talent at QB (one who has a Super Bowl ring, which Owens desperately wants), strong coherent team culture of winning, and a coach who will brook no nonsense. These would be New England, NY Giants, Pittsburgh, and maybe Arizona. Anybody else, fuggettaboutit!

Posted by: kguy1 | March 5, 2009 12:40 PM

Somewhere on a Pennsylvania farm, a jittery Matt Millen wishes he still ran a NFL team.

Posted by: Casselberry | March 5, 2009 1:00 PM

T.O. here? Not just no, but hell no.

Posted by: DoctorMemory | March 5, 2009 5:37 PM

If TO signs here, my bet is that Jason Campbell will be crying after every game from the tongue lashing. I don't think Chris Samuels's shoulders are broad enough to dry those eyes.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 5, 2009 11:31 PM

Hell to the No !! Not here in DC. He has too much drama anywhere he goes.

Posted by: DCTONY | March 6, 2009 8:31 AM

He comes to DC and my days are a Redskin's fan are over. I feel sorry for the man because he is about to find out how unwise his behavior was; however, as a faithfull Redskin's fan I truly believe he would be a distraction that we do not need nor want at this point and time.

Posted by: pcca | March 6, 2009 12:44 PM

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