Saturday, March 7, 2009
Yes. Yes. A Thousand Times Yes.
Buffalo landed Terrell Owens today with a one year deal for $6.5 million, $4 million of which is guaranteed. I'll have more on this tomorrow, because I was out playing broomball all day and still have to get drunk tonight, but I'm in favor of this deal.
My snap judgments on Owens to Buffalo:
1. It's a one year contract. If TO sucks (kinda likely, but since he's the #2 WR in a run-based offense he doesn't have to be awesome) or is a distraction, the Bills get rid of him next offseason anyway. It's a low risk, high reward move.
2. A healthy and sane TO improves Buffalo's offense immensely. Without TO, the Bills are a 7-9 team, even with their 4th place schedule. With TO they aren't a Super Bowl contender, but at least they can dream about a wild card.
3. TO and Lee Evans is a pretty damn solid WR tandem. Throw in Marshawn Lynch (after his two game suspension, which seems likely), Fred Jackson, and Trent Edwards, and Buffalo has the makings of an NFL caliber offense. Which is something the Bills haven't had for years.
4. The Bills were all over Laverneus Coles, who signed a longer deal for more money guaranteed. Who would you rather have: Coles on a multiyear deal, or Owens on a one year deal? Exactly.
5. Owens' signing allows James Hardy to recover from his ACL tear and develop for another year. Assuming Hardy's ready to go in 2010, TO won't have to stick around for his second year, which is traditionally when he destroys teams.
6. If Owens doesn't destroy Trent Edwards (a big if), Trent now has actual weapons around him. The Bills can figure out if he's a franchise QB or just another retread. I think he's probably the former, but the jury's still out. If Edwards can't produce with Owens and Evans outside, he's never going to produce.
7. Owens' signing allows Josh Reed and Roscoe Parrish to move back into the slot. Reed and Parrish thrive as slot WRs but can't function as starters. With Reed and Parrish underneath, Trent Edwards will have some decent outlet options.
8. The Bills may still suck, but at least they're interesting now. I won't dread watching a mediocre offense and subpar defense attempt to eke out 14-10 wins. Now, there's the possibility of TO yelling at the entire coaching staff or having a ridiculous TD celebration. At the least, the Bills' entertainment value increased with this signing.