Brash personality + declining skills = no suitors for T.O.?

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 27: Terrell Owens #81 of the Buffalo Bills against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

I find it ironic that Pacman Jones and Matt Jones currently have jobs, but Terrell Owens is still looking for work.

Think about that for a second. Let it marinade. Let it wash over you.

Pacman Jones is on a National Football League roster, while Terrell Owens is at home watching the 67th rerun of SportsCenter because he can’t find any takers. That’s amazing.

It’s hard to argue that T.O. hasn’t been a distraction over the years for almost every team he’s been with (the Bills last year was the only exception), but he has also never gotten into any real trouble. Not like Pacman or Matt Jones. He’s never tried to make it rain in a strip club. He’s also never been busted for drugs or has gotten into a fight with a bodyguard in a hotel bathroom.

So you can’t tell me that owners or GMs think Owens is that much of a headache not to take a chance on signing. I realize teams might not want to disrupt the chemistry in their locker rooms by bringing in a potential loudmouth like T.O., but that hasn’t stopped wide receiver-needy teams (and there’s no shortage of them every season) from acquiring him before. The fact remains that if a player is talented, some team will take a shot on him.

This is just speculation on my part, but maybe teams put on film of last year and see a washed up player. Blame it on the offense or the Bills’ quarterback struggles, but the bottom line is that T.O. wasn’t effective last year outside of a handful of games. In fact, he was damn near non-existent for the first time in his career.

He has always been in phenomenal shape, but maybe father time has started to catch up with the 36-year-old. Or maybe teams look at him and think, “He could help, but not at the price or the possible penalty of adding his personality to our locker room.”

The Redskins, Titans, Bengals, Ravens, Raiders, Seahawks and Panthers are all candidates for T.O. this season. But will any of them bite? It’s hard to believe that he won’t latch on with some team before the regular season, but he’s gone this long without receiving an offer, so maybe teams believe they have better options already on their roster.

Granted, teams might be waiting for training camp to get into full swing before making any roster decisions, but it doesn’t make it any less puzzling why Owens still can’t find a home.

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