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The knee-jerk reaction to this is: T.O. is done. The Cowboys were his last NFL chance. No one will want him now, not after the 49ers, the Eagles and the Cowboys all had enough of him. His three NFL teams have, in the end, pulled out their hair and then given him unceremonious farewells.

But then you think about this: Did anyone believe before Randy Moss went to New England that he could become the most dominant receiver in the NFL again? Did anyone think he could make things work with Bill Belichick as his coach and be one of the centerpieces of perhaps the greatest offense in league history with the Patriots of 2007?

Anything can happen.

T.O. very likely will get another chance somewhere, even at age 35.

The question is where.

One big problem for him is that the league is full of people who already have clashed with him. There's Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb in Philly. There's Brad Childress, now in Minnesota. Bill Parcells is running the show in Miami. Todd Haley, formerly the supposed buffer between Parcells and T.O. in Dallas, is the new head coach in Kansas City. Jeff Garcia will land somewhere as someone's quarterback.

Signing Owens only makes sense as a short-term solution, a one-year plan. It makes sense to a team that's one productive wide receiver away from being a potential Super Bowl winner next season.

That could be the Vikings. They tried very, very hard to sign T.J. Houshmandzadeh but lost him to Seattle. But Childress would have to co-exist with the receiver who wouldn't speak to him in Philadelphia when he was the Eagles' offensive coordinator.

I don't rule out the Ravens. They had a trade worked out for Owens when he left San Francisco. Owens got that deal overturned. But that largely seemed to be because the Ravens didn't have a quarterback. They have one now, in Joe Flacco, and they're very close to being a Super Bowl team. Their coach, John Harbaugh, had a close-up view of the Philly meltdown as an Eagles assistant. We'll see if he thinks he's the coach who can make things work with Owens.

The Jets just got rid of Laveranues Coles. The Rams might be about to get rid of Torry Holt. The Cardinals might send Anquan Boldin on his way at some point. The Giants don't know if they'll have Plaxico Burress. The Colts cut Marvin Harrison. Owens and Peyton Manning couldn't work together, you say? Tom Brady and Moss managed to do it.

The Redskins always lurk. Maybe the Patriots will want to put T.O. on the same field with Brady, Moss and Wes Welker. The Broncos thought about adding him the last time around. Drew Brees might break every single-season passing record in the book with T.O. in New Orleans.

What if the Panthers put him opposite Steve Smith? What if the Texans put him opposite Andre Johnson? The Bears always need a receiver. The Bucs have all that salary cap space and no one to use it on. The Titans fit the one-receiver-away description. So, too, might the Chargers. Brett Favre tried to get Moss to Green Bay; maybe Aaron Rodgers can take up T.O.'s cause. What would the Bills, Bengals, Browns, Jaguars, Raiders or Lions really have to lose? The 49ers are a different organization than the one T.O. left.

In fact, there are only about six or seven teams for which signing Owens would make no sense at all. For most other clubs, it would make some sense while carrying plenty of risk. Those teams will have to weigh the risks vs. the potential rewards.

As always with Terrell Owens, it will be oh-so-interesting to watch what unfolds.

By Mark Maske  |  March 5, 2009; 11:17 AM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Make him a Redskin. What the heck. What's he going to do, PREVENT this team from going to the Stupor Bowl? Go Skins!

Posted by: Meepo | March 5, 2009 12:57 PM

Does anyone remember Keyshawn Johnson??? Was a troublemaker from NYJ, to TB to Dallas and Carolina. T.O will get a shot. NE would be his best bet because they are mature enough to handle him and he knows they could care less about his antics seeing that they have won plenty without him. Thats why Randy Moss changed his attitude. He knew he needed the Pats more than they needed him. TO has never been to a team like that, at least in his mind.

Posted by: ged0386 | March 5, 2009 2:11 PM

T.O. should sign with the Detroit Lions. He'd be an excellent addition to that never ending three ring circus.

Posted by: Mojo72 | March 5, 2009 6:33 PM

Yeah, T.O. will get another shot, but most of the places that Mark mentioned are unworkable. T.O. has to be paired up with another top receiver on a team with an
All-Pro QB and a good coach. So the Colts the Cards and the Saints are probably the most likey places he may end up.

Posted by: threeof3 | March 5, 2009 8:26 PM

TO is a PERFECT fit for the Redskins.

Although the "dream team" pairing with Randy Moss on the Patriots would be interesting to watch.

Posted by: timd1 | March 6, 2009 8:33 AM

I think people need to allow a man to be a man, what impact has T.O. had on you. Are you upset that he want to be paid according to his worth, or is it because you do not have his ability, or it because he speaks his mind. What has he done to you or your family. He is a man. Allow him to be a man. Get on with your life.

Posted by: StanleyAllen | March 6, 2009 8:48 AM

What are you talking about Stanley? What does it mean to you to "be a man?" Is it manly to burn every bridge you've ever crossed? Is it manly to be self-absorbed? Is it manly to be destructive in the locker room? Please explain...

Posted by: numbers1 | March 6, 2009 10:07 AM

I don't see the reasoning in defending a man who thinks he is bigger than the game itself. Throughout the history of sports athletes who view themselves bigger than their respective sports they play(ed), tend to look like chumps. They also don't put their team and its overall goals first. Sure, when things are going well it is easy to be a team player. It's when you are faced with adversity that you see someone's true character. This doesn't mean T.O. won't discover this at some point in his life. Hopefully he finds this out while he is still playing the game because he is a tremendous athlete. But until he realizes, it is a privilege to play in the N.F.L., he will be a cancer for any team in the long term.

Posted by: rybros | March 6, 2009 12:45 PM

I don't see the reasoning in defending a man who thinks he is bigger than the game itself. Throughout the history of sports athletes who view themselves bigger than their respective sports they play(ed), tend to look like chumps. They also don't put their team and its overall goals first. Sure, when things are going well it is easy to be a team player. It's when you are faced with adversity that you see someone's true character. This doesn't mean T.O. won't discover this at some point in his life. Hopefully he finds this out while he is still playing the game because he is a tremendous athlete. But until he realizes, it is a privilege to play in the N.F.L., he will be a cancer for any team in the long term.

Posted by: rybros | March 6, 2009 12:47 PM

Throughout the history of sports athletes who view themselves bigger than their respective sports they play(ed), tend to look like chumps. They also don't put their team and its overall goals first. Sure, when things are going well it is easy to be a team player. It's when you are faced with adversity that you see someone's true character. This doesn't mean T.O. won't discover this at some point in his life. Hopefully he finds this out while he is still playing the game because he is a tremendous athlete. But until he realizes, it is a privilege to play in the N.F.L., he will be a cancer for any team in the long term.

Posted by: rybros | March 6, 2009 12:48 PM

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