Could Usain Bolt be the next Bob Hayes?
Could it happen? Well, Bob Hays did it back in the '60s and '70s, and was a pretty successful wideout after winning Olympic gold in 1964.
Usain Bolt has an ego that has been typical of superstar wide receivers, but can he actually catch the ball? That's the real question. We know the speed is there, but if he can't catch the ball, it's a moot point.
Rosenblatt lists the Dolphins, Jets, Patriots, Raiders, Cowboys and Rams as the 6 teams that might benefit from having Usain Bolt as part of their WR corps.
For starters, let's just agree that the Patriots would never sign Bolt. Bill Belichick isn't a gimmick coach, and he wouldn't start with Bolt. After their experience with Chad Johnson, I don't think the Dolphins would be interested either. The Rams might be interested, but I'm not sure if they'd be willing to risk Sam Bradford's mental health by having him deal with an inexperienced egomaniac at WR.
The Jets, on the other hand, are exactly the kind of teams that might be interested. The Jets, as evidenced by their trade for Tim Tebow, have more interest in creating storylines than winning games. Tebow to Bolt might not be a great QB-WR tandem, but would it get headlines? Damn straight it would.
Add Jerry Jones and the Cowboys to that same category. He's desperate for attention, and Bolt would give him that. Also, the Cowboys were the team that had Hayes back in the day, so it would be a nice touch if they were to give Bolt a shot as well.
Last but not least, the Raiders actually might make the most sense. They have Carson Palmer, who has had to deal with Chad Johnson in the past, and they have a long history of obsessing over speed. Sure, Al Davis isn't there anymore, but that's a franchise with a legacy of speedsters. Bolt is exactly the kind of player they'd love.
I doubt it will ever actually happen, but it would be fun to see Bolt racing down the sidelines.