Looks like you can cross off Detroit as a landing spot for Terrell Owens. The Lions addressed the need to compliment Calving Johnson with free agent WR Nate Burleson. Burleson, if he can stay healthy, is actually a decent pairing with Megatron. 

Coming off a torn ACL, Nate caught 63 passes for 812 yards and 3 TDs. He finished 2007 with a flurry averaging four catches for 62.4 yards, and a TD in his last five games. He had five catches for 60 yards and a score in Week 1 of 2008 before tearing his knee.

Switching to Detroit and second-year pro Matthew Stafford shouldn’t lower his value. Seattle has been a mess for a few years now. He’ll welcome playing with a strong-armed QB, opposite of a WR that commands a lot of attention. 

Don’t go penciling him in as a #3 fantasy WR though. He’ll be a nice addition to your bench. He holds more value in PPR leagues as he figures to be Detroit’s possession receiver.

T.O.’s Next Stop?

1 March 2010

By now I’m sure you’re well aware that Terrell Owens will not be back in Buffalo. He was not very productive (55 catches, 829 yards, TD), but he did not have a lot to work with. He should be given a little credit for not having a typical T.O. moment. 

The question is where does T.O. go next?

Baltimore seems like a logical choice given their needs. I just don’t think they’ll bring him in. They have a young QB in Joe Flacco that doesn’t need to deal with T.O.’s drama. They’ll address their deficiencies at WR elsewhere. 

Carolina could use a WR opposite of Steve Smith, but I’m not sure their egos would allow them to play opposite one another.

The Bears could work possibly, but they have a stable of young WRs. Cutler has the arm strength to please T.O., but they would be bound to clash.

The Bengals could possibly work. They are open to any type of personality. It would be interesting to see Chad Johnson and T.O. on the same team, but the WR formerly known as Ochocinco  could find a way to make it work for him, at least initially. I’d pity Carson Palmer.

Detroit is bad enough that they may be willing to take the risk. Matthew Stafford has a big arm. Trying to cover Megatron and T.O. would be difficult.

Could the Patriots add him as another reclamation project? If anyone can put T.O. in his place it would be Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Randy Moss would probably welcome the attention he’d get from defenses. 

The choices are limited. When you consider he’s already worn out his welcome in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Dallas, that’s to be expected. He still has the ability. My best guess for his 2010 home is Cincinnati.

Where do you think he’ll surface?

Never a team to shy away from controversy, the Bengals are at it again. They have addressed a need at wide receiver by signing trouble WR Matt Jones to a one-year contract (click to read the Cincinnati Enquirer article).

Jones missed the final three games of the 2008 season when he was suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He was subsequently cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and unable to catch on with a team…until now.

He had 65 catches for 761 yards in 12 games with the Jags in 2008, and 166 catches for 2153 yards and 15 TDs in his four-year career. He has the ability to slip in as the #2 WR opposite of Chad Johnson. Andre Caldwell is better suited as a slot receiver, which is where he’ll likely stay. Laveranues Coles, a disappointing free-agent signing last year will likely be released.

Many speculated that the Bengals would go with a WR in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft. With the signing of Matt Jones, they can fill another need now.

Matt wasn’t the only troubled Jones the Bengals were looking at. Unfortunately the team also worked out Pacman Jones.

It seems like everybody in the NFL is looking for a new deal.  From clowns like Brandon Marshall to good guys like Donald Driver to vets like Thomas Jones.   Here’s a new flash.  You signed those deals while times were good.  We’re in a recession now.  Fans don’t have the disposable income to drop down a couple hundred bucks to go watch games live.  There will be sellouts, but it will be a tougher sell.  Now’s not the ideal time to be looking for a raise.  My two cents anyway.

The Denver Post is reporting that J.J. Arrington was cut by the Denver Broncos.  His release was due in part to a knee injury that has kept him off the practice field and in part to overcrowding.  The Broncos signed Arrington, Correll Buckhalter, and LaMont Jordan in the offseason before drafting Knowshon Moreno with the 12th overall pick in recent NFL Draft. 

Arrington will catch on somewhere when he proves healthy, but will have minimal fantasy value as a third down back.

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Fox Sports is reporting that the Saints are interested in the recently released Edgerrin James to fill the void left by Deuce McAllister’s departure.  Pierre Thomas has proven that he can perform when given the opportunity, but he hasn’t proven he can hold up for a full season.  He has just 181 carries the past two years.  Reggie Bush is a threat both running the ball, and catching it, but he is an injury risk.  Having a reliable third back makes a lot of sense.  Though he’ll turn 31 this summer, Edge did show some signs of life in Arizona’s postseason run last year.  He was unhappy with his role last year, and I’m not sure he’d be thrilled to be the third RB in a pass-happy offense.  However, his phone isn’t exactly ringing off the hook so his options are limited.

Despite a Pioneer Press report that Favre will meet with Dr. James Andrews to discuss surgical options to speed up his return to the NFL, ESPN’s Ed Werder is throwing a challenge flag.  Werder is saying Favre does not want surgery and would prefer to non-surgical options that would allow the tendon to “release naturally”.  The thinking is if that happens the pain will go away and Favre will be OK to carry on with the Vikings.

Don’t worry, tomorrow TMZ will report that John Madden has carved Brett Favre’s likeness in a block of cheese.  Stay tuned.

It appears everyone wants to weigh in on the Brett Favre situation except for Favre himself and the Vikings.  The Pioneer Press is reporting that Brett Favre will meet with Dr. James Andrews to discuss a surgery on his torn biceps tendon that will allow Favre to play for the Vikings this year.  Recovery time is expected to be six-to-eight weeks.
 
The saga continues…

After a lost year in the Nation’s Capital, Jason Taylor is coming home.  ESPN’s John Clayton is reporting that Taylor will play for the Dolphins in 2009 for $1.1 million.  He could have earned substantially more to play for the Redskins, but it didn’t feel right.  He said “My heart has always been in Miami and so I’m truly excited to call myself a Dolphin once again”. 

He more than makes up for Vonnie Holliday’s departure.  Good news for Dolphins fans.  Bad news for the AFC East.

According to a Pioneer Press report, Viking General Manager Mark Wilf confirmed that they are still interested in Brett Favre.  He claims to be unaware of any meeting of Favre and team officials.  He implied that the Vikings would use their due diligence with Favre both physically and mentally if they were to go any further than just talk.
Yahoo! Sports is still insisting that Brett Favre told the Vikings that he’s done and no medical records were sent to the organization.

The saga continues…


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