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Time to right the wrong; Niners need to sign Terrell Owens

 

In the offseason leading up to the 2004 season, the 49ers traded Owens to the Ravens for a 2nd round pick after his agent had screwed up in filing his free agency paperwork. In true Terry Donahue fasion, after Owens declared he wanted to play in Philadelphia, the Ravens sent Owens to the Eagles for a 5th round pick, the Eagles sent Brandon Whiting to the 49ers, and Donahue gave the Ravens their 2nd round pick back. Apparently Donahue thought that Brandon Whiting was worth more than a 2nd round pick, but that's another story for another time.

 

 

 

In the offseason leading up to the 2004 season, the 49ers traded Owens to the Ravens for a 2nd round pick after his agent had screwed up in filing his free agency paperwork. In true Terry Donahue fasion, after Owens declared he wanted to play in Philadelphia, the Ravens sent Owens to the Eagles for a 5th round pick, the Eagles sent Brandon Whiting to the 49ers, and Donahue gave the Ravens their 2nd round pick back. Apparently Donahue thought that Brandon Whiting was worth more than a 2nd round pick, but that's another story for another time.

 

Back to Owens; a lot of people will say the 49ers needed to get rid of him. "Team Cancer" they called him. "Disrupted the locker room". This was typical failed logic, concerning "team chemistry". Owens was NOT a bad apple.  He was passionate, and like any great receiver, wanted the ball in his hands. He had to deal with 4 years of a weak armed, drunken sleazeball at QB, and his patience was wearing thin. The 49ers made ridiculous cap moves, such as the contract extension they gave to Garcia, whom they deemed more important for the offense than the best receiver in football(which was a terrible evaluation, as Owens was the one who took Garcia's 5 yard dink throws and turned them into big gains, padding Garcia's pro bowl stats).

So Owens grew tired of the 49ers BS. He wanted out, and the 49ers had no choice but to trade him after his agent screwed up(yet still messing up the trade as well).

 

Now, the 49ers have a change in place. They have some good skill position talent, such as Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, Michael Crabtree, and Frank Gore. They're still in need of a quarterback; and with the CBA struggles it's going to be a bit difficult to find one of those that can be competent right away.

 

I see Crabtree as a good player. There is some things he does well, and he has no doubt been held back by terrible offensive coaches and inept quarterbacks. I do not, however, see him as a dynamite, 1500 yard game breaker who has potential to be a top 5 receiver. I see him more as a possesion type wideout, who is good after the catch, in the mold of an Anquan Boldin(although Crabtree is shiftier than Boldin and Boldin is stronger than Crabtree). I like Josh Morgan, he was a great find in the 6th round, but he is best in the slot in my opinion.

 

So why sign Owens? For one, he immediately brings the offense a proven threat on the other side of Crabtree. 2nd, since the media labels him as this team dividing "cancer", and due to an injury he suffered late in the year, he's going to be a potential free agent steal, as he will be once again severely undervalued by the market, for the production he is capable of producing for us.

 

Note; Owens has been on extremely GOOD behavior since signing with the Bills and Bengals. He has said all the right things even in difficult years and inconsistent QB play. The only real criticism you might have is the T.O.'cho show he does with Chad on the Versus network, but that is who Owens is. He's a guy who likes to be in the spotlight and have a good time. That show surely does NOT stop Owens from training. There is one thing you can NOT criticize Owens for, and that is his work ethic. There is no one who trains as hard as Owens does. He's a freak when it comes to that. It's also something that could rub off on Crabtree, a proven receiver showing Crabtree how to train and work to be a successful NFL receiver.

 

So I propose, that if and when a new CBA is reached, the 49ers should seriously consider signing Owens and bringing him back to here it all started. He proved last year that he is still extremely talented at his age and will be worth a 1 to 2 year deal with an incentives based contract.  It does nothing but improve this offense, which is what you strive for as an organization in the off-season. Improvement.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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