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Published: Mar 6, 2009
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K.C. & T.O.? Why The Kansas City Chiefs Need Terrell Owens
by Mike Baron


So once again prolific wideout and human specimen Terrell Owens is available. Yeah I know, team cancer and perennial selfish player. But I'm here to tell you that those are simply lame excuses.

The Vikings, Bills, Colts, Jaguars, Dolphins, Chargers, Bears and 49ers are all teams that could use wide receiver help.

The team that could really use the shot in the arm T.O. can give is the Kansas City Chiefs.

I know, remember Todd Haley and TO screaming at each other on the sideline? Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree will probably be available at the No. 3 spot so why take the risk? Haley, formerly Parcells's passing game coordinator in Dallas during Parcells's uncomfortable pairing with Owens and now the Chiefs' head coach, would take him in Kansas City.

I know new GM Scott Pioli doesn't like "stars" but he did bring Randy Moss from Oakland so anything is possible.

Instead of focusing on what Owens can do to destroy the chemistry of your team, I'm going to focus on what he can do to help your franchise.

First of all, the Chiefs won two games last year. There is no chemistry to destroy. You have a brand new QB in Matt Cassell, a third year wideout in Dwayne Bowe, a disgruntled but still effective Larry Johnson and a HOF TE in Tony Gonzalez. Add T.O. to the mix and this offense looks scary on paper. Yes, Gonzalez and Johnson want out but Owens arrival would change that.

Signing Owens takes the target off Crabtree and puts it squarely on a stud defensive end, lineman or outside linebacker.

The problem for the Chiefs is there are no DE's worth taking at No. 3. spot. The silver lining is the best player in the draft might be available at this No. 3 pick. LB Aaron Curry is an absolute stud and along with Vrabel & Derrick Johnson, would instantly transform one of the weakest linebacking groups into one of the best.

Signing Owens would put K.C. back on the media map. His presence on the field would open holes for Larry Johnson and draw coverage away from Bowe and Gonzalez. Gonzalez wants to win and couldn't care less about stats at this point. Bowe is smart enough to understand how he'd benefit from Owens being on the field.

Kansas City is tailored made for Owens to finish his career. He's young enough at 35 to still leave his mark on the franchise. If he understands that he could finish his career in K.C. a hero, it could work. He's still productive.

His last three seasons - 2008: 69 catches, 1,052 yards, 10 touchdowns. 2007: 81 catches, 1,355 yards, 15 touchdowns and 2006: 85 catches, 1,180 yards, 13 touchdowns.

Owens has topped 1,000 receiving yards in eight of the last nine seasons, and the only time he didn't was in 2005 for the Eagles when he played in only seven games. Clearly, he can catch.

The Chiefs are renovating Arrowhead and could use some added excitement to sell tickets. Owens could certainly help the cause with is iPlay T.O. win attitude.

Not signing Owens could be the biggest mistake if he ends up in Denver or San Diego.

Check out the Chiefs War Room, one of the oldest Chiefs fan sites on the web.


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