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Dr. Mark Adickes
Orthopedic surgeon, former Redskin

Dr. Mark Adickes

Former Redskins' offensive lineman turned Harvard- trained orthopedic surgeon

T.O.; yes or no


When the name Terrell Owens comes up the reaction is always mixed. With training camp approaching most feel he will have a job this season, the question is where?

Every NFL team starts the year with the same win the Super Bowl. When an organization thinks it really has a chance to win a championship, fine tuning the roster includes a focus on team chemistry. Certainly a championship team needs a good coach, a good quarterback and reasonable pool of surrounding talent but great team chemistry is a real difference maker. At this juncture, NFL general managers and team owners with any reasonable shot to win the Super Bowl seem to have Terrell Owens at the bottom of their list of potential wide receiver acquisitions.

Chemistry guys are present on every roster and some teams have their "locker room cancers" but truly great teams have lots of the former and none of the latter. Terrell Owens, despite keeping himself in peak condition and showing no glaring signs of "losing a step," has found no home for his formidable talents. Why? Every team in the league finally feels that his talent is now overshadowed by his prodigious baggage. Prior to this season, T.O.'s talent was great enough in the minds of NFL coaches, general managers and owners to outweigh any potential negative impact that may go along with his signing. With his real or perceived diminishing skills and his very real penchant for mucking up the atmosphere in the locker room, thus far we have no takers in the annual T.O. derby.

So who will purchase this dulling double-edge sword? It is worth noting that both edges of said sword are dulling, because while T.O.'s numbers have dropped so have the distractions. San Diego, Baltimore and Pittsburgh all need a receiver but are legitimate title contenders and will exercise restraint and make no offers. Cincinnati, Tennessee and Washington also need a receiver but have head coaches that will not swallow this bitter pill. Oakland and Seattle are possibilities but in the end will not acquire T.O.'s services. Terrell Owens will be signed by the Chicago Bears or the Carolina Panthers. Both of these teams need a playmaking receiver and need to win now to avoid having their head coaches fired. T.O. will choose Chicago as he is used to the cold weather from his season in Buffalo and wants to catch passes from the strong armed Cutler. I'm not sure of Jay Cutlers feelings...probably mixed.

By Dr. Mark Adickes  |  July 15, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  | Category:  Carolina Panthers , Chicago Bears , Free Agency , Terrell Owens Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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