Terrell Owens And The Buffalo Bills Are A Terrible Match

Terrell Owens Attempts Suicide Again, This Time More Successfully. Career Suicide, That Is.

3/7/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

The Terrell Owens Circus has found its next stop. The good people of Buffalo, NY are the lucky winners of the guy that nobody wanted.

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.
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3/9/09   |   texaslady777

jerseyraider24 wrote:
owens in buffalo lol good luck with that one.

I second that...lets see if he boo hoo's as much as he did with our boys. I lost all respect for him before he even came to the Cowboys. He desicrated(sp?) our greatest symbol..the Star. Don't jack with our boys. Well Bill's fan.. I pity the fools !!!!

3/9/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

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Maybe we could get TO and Berman to fight to the death, and have it be a draw...

Sounds like a win-win.

3/9/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

MarkTheShark wrote:
Nobody circles the wagons around TO like the....

I hate Chris Berman.

3/9/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

Nobody circles the wagons around TO like the....

3/8/09   |   bkuhn

as a long time bills fan and living in northwestern PA i am just excited that the press will actually talk about the bills.  it puts us on the map.....and really can they get much worst...last three seasons 7-9 7-9 7-9.  He almost caught more TD passes last year than our entire team!!!

3/8/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Well good for him. He now has 6.5 million reasons to live.

3/8/09   |   SweatSkywalker

smart for T.O., dumb for BUF

3/8/09   |   LsSTEELPIRATES   |   41 respect

the  last  prema dona   was  jim kelly  and  he cost them  at least  one  super bowl win   MAYBE  with this move  TO (seeing no one else  planed  to take him  and only a one year contract)  he has learded  a little HUMILITY(LOL)  only time  will tell    good luck  TO  and  BILLS

3/8/09   |   dredizzle40   |   21 respect

well thanks TO for the years in Dallas. Now the Bills offense will be potent. say what you want EVERYWHERE TO has gone the offense has benefited. Edwards and Losman will look like All-Pros with TO there.

3/8/09   |   Den-ace   |   981 respect

Awesome deal! The best news I've heard out of the NFL in a month! NOW I can name at least one player on the Bills!

3/8/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

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Learn something new everyday, and that is cool/funny.

3/8/09   |   keebs8   |   1701 respect

T.O in Buffalo = Peerless Priceless !!

3/8/09   |   Chris   |   3 respect

More excitement in the AFC East. Whoopie. I can hear the crowds roaring already.

-I also think that Green Bay might/is the coldest winter NFL city. Buffalo gets the most snow, because of the lake effect.

3/8/09   |   starzrblind16

well this will be interesting!!! Maybe Detroit should have picked him up...... Buffalo, Detroit...... eh same thing.

3/7/09   |   Indian_Boy

jerseyraider24 wrote:
owens in buffalo lol good luck with that one.

they were never gonna win a super bowl anyways

3/7/09   |   eagles21197

 this could turn out to be a little akward
but i would like to see T O against randy moss in the divisional games

3/7/09   |   eagles21197

3/7/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

Western New York is not big enough for TO's ego. this is gonna be a heck of a train wreck.......

3/7/09   |   Jengirrl   |   6930 respect

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Why is this an outrage? If Randy Moss can change, maybe T.O. can. There are enough throws to go around for Moss, Welker and others. Maybe Buffalo will go to the West Coast offense. I look forward to attending training camp in Rochester this fall! Finally a reason to root for the Bills (when they are not playing the Steelers, lol)

If TO can change, I will be shocked!!  It's always been about him; through SF, Philly, and Dallas, and we all know(now) how those turned out...good luck, Buffalo; you'll need it!!

3/7/09   |   larrystarstruck   |   23 respect

 Now, I guess that folks are going to start singing that song "I've got a feeling that Buffalo's going to the Superbowl" that was made famous on NFL films. 

3/7/09   |   MarkW49ers   |   2 respect

wrote:
Why is this an outrage? If Randy Moss can change, maybe T.O. can. There are enough throws to go around for Moss, Welker and others. Maybe Buffalo will go to the West Coast offense. I look forward to attending training camp in Rochester this fall! Finally a reason to root for the Bills (when they are not playing the Steelers, lol)

Congrats!...I honestly could not be happier for you, Alan...I had my fill of TO while he was with us and he has only reinforced that sentiment throughout his career...Good Luck with him!

3/7/09   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

wrote:
Why is this an outrage? If Randy Moss can change, maybe T.O. can. There are enough throws to go around for Moss, Welker and others. Maybe Buffalo will go to the West Coast offense. I look forward to attending training camp in Rochester this fall! Finally a reason to root for the Bills (when they are not playing the Steelers, lol)

Randy Moss went to a good team.  T.O. went to a team that becomes half-a$$sed halfway through the season, and with him, they may become a winning team.  You're comparing apples & oranges.

3/7/09   |   MarkW49ers   |   2 respect

On behalf of Tim Russert...This is an outrage!!!!!

3/7/09   |   jerseyraider24

owens in buffalo lol good luck with that one.

3/7/09   |   Poli_   |   93 respect

 .... - it takes a lot to shine in Buffalo?

3/7/09   |   njstixx

another 5 years of obscurity for the Bills....

3/7/09   |   Chachi_Azzhola   |   2 respect

As a fan of a team in the same division as Buffalo and who was starting to worry about Buffalo's chances, I find this signing to be wonderful news:  Owens will have Buffalo totally wrecked by mid-season...

3/7/09   |   Michael_Luchies   |   17 respect

I seriously thought he was dead lol...He already committed career suicide, this can't hurt his rep. any, and if the Bills do good maybe someone will give him a piece of the credit

3/7/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4214 respect

Minnesota and Chicago really dropped the ball on this one.

[cue T.O. dropping the ball joke]

3/7/09   |   dredizzle40   |   21 respect

Are you Freaking Kidding Me?!!!!

3/7/09   |   Variant   |   1 respect

bad move, he needed to go to a team with a QB with confidence an a cannon arm...

3/7/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Buffalo?

Buffalo???

BUFFALO?????

3/7/09   |   Michael_G   |   37873 respect

 Hey Pat...you need a proofreader