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Terrell Owens has no chance with Chiefs

06/12/2013 5:34 PM

06/13/2013 9:09 AM

Washed-up wide receiver Terrell Owens may be fishing for job, but he won’t find it in Kansas City.

The last time we saw Owens, he was trying to crack the Seattle Seahawks roster last summer, and he dropped a pass while wide open in a preseason game against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

Owens, 39, hasn’t played since he wore out his welcome with the Cincinnati Bengals following the 2010 season.

Owens said in a radio interview that he would be a good fit with the Chiefs because he’s familiar with Andy Reid’s offense. The problem is Andy Reid is also familiar with Owens’ offensive behavior. Remember the scene of Owens doing sit-ups in his Philadelphia driveway during a contract holdout?

While it’s true, Owens, playing on a damaged ankle, delivered a heroic performance for Reid in the Eagles’ loss to New England in Super Bowl XXXIX following the 2004 season, Reid suspended Owens midway through the 2005 season and released him at the end of that year.

And where exactly where does Owens think he’ll fit in this offense? If Reid was interested in Owens, wouldn’t he have brought him into the off-season program when so many other players were shuttling in and out of town?

The Chiefs already have a big, strong, possession receiver in Dwayne Bowe (what an influence Owens would be on D-Bowe, by the way). Owens doesn’t have the speed to stretch the field opposite Bowe; the Chiefs are hopeful free agent Donnie Avery wins that job.

So if Owens can’t start, there’s no room on a 46-man, game-day roster, because backup receivers need to play special teams.

The truth is, Owens, for all his foibles, has Hall of Fame numbers. His 1,078 receptions rank sixth in NFL history; his 15,934 yards are second only to Jerry Rice’s 22,895, and his 153 touchdown catches are third only to Rice, 197, and Randy Moss, 156. Moss is available, too, if anyone is interested.

But it’s hard to see Owens padding his numbers with the Chiefs, who are trying to build something new, not recycle retread receivers.

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