Steve Smith and T.O. could be a great receiving duo.

Carolina Panthers Should Take a Serious Look at Terrell Owens

Jake Delhomme was let go after the 2009 season, and now the Panthers will have a brand new starting quarterback for the first time in seven years. It could be Matt Moore, or it could be Jimmy Clausen, but regardless of who is taking the snaps, he’ll need someone to throw to.

Steve Smith has proven himself to be one of the best wide receivers in the league, but recently went on record as saying he no longer wants to be the No. 1 receiver. Regardless of the insanity of that statement, there are very few options to take over the duties of a No. 1 receiver on the Panthers’ roster.

Dwayne Jarrett has been an incredibly disappointment, Brandon LaFell is very talented but will need a year or two before he can be the focus of the passing game, and Armanti Edwards is going to be a project — a very, very long project.

A proven, veteran receiver would make a lot of sense for Carolina, and there just happens to be one of those inexplicably floating around in free agency.

Terrell Owens, who would be willing to play on a one-year deal, would be a fantastic addition as a stop-gap while the Panthers work on Edwards and allow LaFell to develop. Both of the rookies could see time subbing in with T.O. or in a flanker role while Jarrett sees minimal time wherever they decide to toss him in.

And not only does he help the young receivers, he instantly becomes a great target for whichever young quarterback takes over the offense. Then, once the passing game gets on track, it opens up an already-explosive running game and creates a difficult offense to stop.

There haven’t been any reports of the Panthers showing any interest in T.O., but it’s a move that makes far too much sense to ignore. T.O. needs a place to play, the Panthers need a receiver, and John Fox would probably like to keep his job for at least a few more seasons.

But, as the NFL has shown us time and time again, just because a move makes sense doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

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Tags: Armanti Edwards Brandon LaFell Carolina Panthers Football Jimmy Clausen Matt Moore NFC NFC South NFL Opinion Steve Smith Terrell Owens

  • CarolinaFan

    He is poison wherever he goes and quite frankly, Carolina doesn’t need him in the locker room.

    If he were the LAST receiver on the planet, Carolina would STILL have to think long and hard before letting this vegetation into their locker rooms.

    No. There are other good receivers if the need arises. But for now, go with what you’ve got and let the team develop. It doesn’t have to be a Superbowl year, just a good one. ;)

    • Bob Cunningham

      A poison? Eh. I don’t think so. SF and PHI? Yeah. He intentionally divided the lockerroom because he was pissy he couldn’t get more money. However, in DAL and BUF he was a model citizen (for the most part). He had his run-in with Bill Parcells, but that was an isolated incident in Dallas.

      And as a Carolina fan, you’ve got to know he’s not any more of a loud-mouth than Steve Smith.

  • Jiet Menon

    I don’t think you follow the Panthers very closely as I find it highly unlikely that the Panthers will take a serious look at Terrel Owens.

    First of all Smitty says a lot of things and it is critical to interpret what he says accurately. When he says he does not want to be #1, I reckon he means that he wants the ball. He wants someone effective on the field so that they can actually find a way to get him the ball without having to throw into coverage.

    Secondly, Panthers are big on bringing in high character players. Yes Smitty can be volatile but he is only “somewhat” the exception to the rule. He brings a 100% when he plays and Panthers fans are kinda happy with that. Owens had 50 odd catches for 800 yards last season and the Bills have let him go. Not too many teams showing much interest in him despite there being several teams (Tampa Bay, Seattle, Jacksonville) that could do with an upgrade at WR. So, clearly he is not worth it. We have our star WR and we are happy with him. We don’t have any room to add a diva WR.

    Thirdly, Panthers have gotten rid of a ton of veterans on their roster in an effort to go young, ahead of the impending lockout next season. Signing Owens, who is 36, would be inconsistent with those plans.

    • Bob Cunningham

      Didn’t say they would look at him, only that they should. But let’s not downplay what a thug Steve Smith is. He’s the league-leader in sucker-punches to teammates and doesn’t seem like a person I’d want on my team, but maybe that’s just me.

      T.O. might yap a little but he certainly isn’t taking a swing at anybody and isn’t in that damned new thug-style mentality that seems to be plaguing the NFL and NBA.

      Give me my choice, just based on personality, I’ll take T.O. over Smith in a heartbeat.

  • Hopeful

    I really don’t think T O would be the answer to our needs but not for the reasons mentioned. I think a coach like John Fox could handle his attitude problems, but the real problem is the dropoff in ability. This is the real reason the NFL teams are showing so little interest in him.

    • Bob Cunningham

      You think it’s a drop-off in talent and not simply that he played on a bad team?

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