Terrell Owens Attempts Suicide Again, This Time More Successfully. Career Suicide, That Is.
This is a puzzling move on both sides, to say the least. While Owens was definitely the most talented WR available in free agency, the Bills already have Lee Evans, who should remain their #1 WR and primary deep threat. Because of this, someone like Marvin Harrison may have been a better option, if the Bills were dead set on grabbing an aging future HOF wideout. Either way, the Bills really didn't need TO, and it might be hard for them to properly utilize both him and Evans, and nearly impossible to maximize their return on EITHER of them.
Another obvious problem is that the Bills don't have a QB. Sure, they have Trent Edwards and JP Losman there. Yes, they are both QB's. But to be quite blunt, neither of them are very good at all. While throwing to Evans and Owens might make them look a little better, it's not going to make Owens terribly happy when his inferior QB is failing to get him the ball enough and/or throwing bad passes.
The next issue with this deal is that it's Buffalo, NY. TO loves the spotlight. However, Buffalo is as far from the spotlight as possible in the NFL. It's almost in the CFL, which may have been a better option for Owens in the first place. Either way, he will quickly find that he is much too big for Buffalo, and he will find it to be an extremely difficult place for him to play. Not only because of the temperament of the town, but what about the weather? Buffalo gets colder in the winter than any other city in the NFL. When the snow comes, and the offense transitions to a run-first offense late in the season, Owens will probably lose his mind, like he has done everywhere else.
One more problem? Terrell Owens instantly becomes the most prominent figure on the team. Marshawn Lynch is a good player, but his star shines nowhere near as brightly as TO. When he's in that situation, as he was in Dallas, Philly and San Francisco after Steve Young left, the same thing has happened in all 3 places. He constantly demanded the spotlight, and it has been unquestionably to the detriment of his team every time.
Why was this deal done? I honestly have no idea. The only bright spot that I see in all of this is that it was a one year deal. If this blows up, which will likely happen, the Bills are only on the hook for one year and less than $7M. Good luck, Buffalo. You'll need it.