Should the Falcons finally sign Terrell Owens?

Terrell Owens didn't have much of an impact in Buffalo last season. (Mike Groll/Associated Press)

Terrell Owens didn't have much of an impact in Buffalo last season. (Mike Groll/Associated Press)

FLOWERY BRANCH – Folks keep asking the  question and now is the time to finally address it.

I’ve been getting tweets at AJCFalcons on (Come follow, we have to celebrate going over 1,600 followers!) Folks have been leaving comments on the blog, sending e-mails and my guys at the barbershop keep asking it, too.

Should the Falcons sign Terell Owens?

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Should the Falcons sign Terrell Owens? Do you think the Falcons should go after T.O.? Man, the Falcons can’t sleep on T.O. again, can they?

Some fans don’t think Michael Jenkins is a worthy No. 2 and are not sure that Harry Douglas will make it back from his knee injury. It’s hard to panic in May, but that’s what hardcore football fans do.

Last season, the Falcons got by with Marty Booker, a quiet professional who came to work and did his job, after Douglas went down.

I’ve gently tried to dissuade the masses from this line of questioning and by citing the headache factor.

The Falcons have clearly been dodging any potential headache players in the post Michael Vick-era in trying to build a championship team.

Each time T.O. has been on the market the Falcons have turned their nose up at the one-time Decatur resident.

Don't Terrell Owens have any gas left in the tank? He'll turn 37 in December. (Nell Redmond/Associated Press)

Does Terrell Owens have any gas left in the tank? He'll turn 37 in December. (Nell Redmond/Associated Press)

In 1996, the Falcons selected defensive tackle Shannon Brown with the 84th pick in the third round and passed on Owens. He went five picks later to San Francisco. Brown never played a down in the league. (Tedy Bruschi was selected just two picks after Brown. He, of course, went on to help New England stack some Super Bowl rings.)

When Owens’ time was up in Philadelphia, the Falcons weren’t interested.

When Owens’ time was up in Dallas, the Falcons weren’t interested.

Now that he’s out on the streets again and presumably humbled, the Falcons – along with the rest of the league – don’t appear  interested.

Even the Cleveland Browns have told him to take a hike.

Let’s look at this from both sides. I want to list some reasons why the Falcons should sign T.O. Then list some reasons why they should not.

Then I’ll turn the floor over to you all.


  • The Falcons want to surround Matt Ryan with weapons.
  • How potent would a four-receiver formation be with Roddy White and T.O. in the slot on one side and Tony Gonzalez in the slot and Michael Jenkins or Harry Douglas on the other side. Mike Mularkey could put
    Michael Jenkins scoring against Texas. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

    Michael Jenkins scoring against Texas. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

    back on his “Inspector Gadget Hat” and scribble away.

  • T.O. didn’t cause any problems in Buffalo. You know, maybe after all of these years in the league he’s no longer a quarterback killer. He will turn 37 in December.
  • Veteran wide receiver coach Terry Robiskie and Gonzalez could keep Owens in line. Robiskie  used to be a Raider, you know.
  • T.O. has averaged 14.9 yards per reception over 15 years and can still get open. He needs just 49 yards to reach 15,000.
  • T.O. would help the popcorn sales at the Georgia Dome and give the Falcons some “sizzle” and “star” power.


  • T. O. is washed up. There’s nothing left in the tank.
  • T.O. has thrown his quarterback under the bus in San Francisco (Jeff Garcia), Philadelphia (Donovan McNabb) and Dallas (Tony Romo) and the Falcons can’t risk him turning on Matt
    Will there be a McNabb and Owens reunion in Washington? (Associated Press)

    Will there be a McNabb and Owens reunion in Washington? (Associated Press)


  • T.O. will be an unnecessary distraction, crying in press conferences and trying to bring attention to himself.
  • T.O.’s had a nice run. Maybe he should just get on with his life’s work.
  • T.O. is a six-time Pro Bowler and five-time first team All-Pro, but hasn’t done it since 2007.


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430 comments Add your comment


May 18th, 2010
1:48 pm

No other real threats in the passing game.


May 18th, 2010
1:49 pm

Other than white i mean


May 18th, 2010
1:50 pm

Super Bowl champs- I think I see your point but make no mistake, the only people who are playmakers in the passing game are White and Gonzo.


May 18th, 2010
2:03 pm

H to the E to the L to the L…NOO! Freaking poison…


May 18th, 2010
2:05 pm

Yes sign him. He is better than what we have. Jenkins had 1 TD in 2009, that is simply ridiculous for a #2 WR. TO knows that he has to be on his best behavior from now on, this is his last football check. Botton line Pro football is a big business and TO would give the Falcons a proven weapon that teams would have to plan for. White, TO, Tony G.Jenkns and Douglas would be awesome. Believe me Meier is not the answer. TO is a playmaker who had a terrible QB situation last year and still had better stats than Jenkins. Matt Ryan will only get better when the cast of weapons around him improve!!!!!


May 18th, 2010
2:05 pm

HELL NO!!! Spend the money on someone who will be around with us for a while…We can’t risk him poisoning our team with his crap…


May 18th, 2010
2:06 pm

Presumably humbled???? When has he EVER been humbled? And what makes you think he is thinking of himself as being the “#2″ guy? The only #2 this guy has ever been is the kind that gets on your shoes.


May 18th, 2010
2:06 pm

T.O.?…….N….O! Next Topic!

David Smith

May 18th, 2010
2:15 pm

Why is it every year someone has to bring up the possibility of this man coming to play for the Falcons. T.O. has had a good career despite being a A class Prima Donna and a cancer in the locker room. TD, Mike Smith, and Authur Blank have already cut ties with a rogues galley of team cancers/underachievers so let T.O. steal money from another team.


May 18th, 2010
2:16 pm

We do not need any distractions to the team. The cons out wigh the pros.


May 18th, 2010
2:27 pm

I say yes sign him, but put a clause in his contract. A discpline clause, stating that if he cause any on/off field issue he can be released with counting against the team salary cap. I think he has learned his leason. He understand why no team will sign him, and this is the first time in his career he was out of a job. GO FOR IT, WE CAN USE HIM


May 18th, 2010
2:29 pm

YES,YES,YES…………Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez…what do we have after that…Michael Jenkins takes no pressure off Roddy White. There is not guarantee that Douglas will be in top form …Is he going to catch the ball over the middle? No…T.O. would and he would give them a legitimate 3rd option and would cause the D coordinator to have to take notice of where he would line up in the formation. It would also open up the running game even more. Like or hate em, don’t care but he can still get down the field and beat you and still will have more important catches that Jenkins and Douglas. Sign him now. If it doesn’t work, let em go.


May 18th, 2010
2:31 pm

People who are saying no TO are just looking at the past this is now TO has only one chance to stay on a team and if screws up agian he is done i know his numbers are down but with Gonzo.White and TO Matt Ryan will have weapons.


May 18th, 2010
2:34 pm

Two words…. HELL NO!


May 18th, 2010
2:41 pm

This is a stupid topic propagated by stupid fans who simply want celebrities on the field. I feel dumber for responding in any way.

Hell. No.


May 18th, 2010
2:44 pm

CANCER,CANCER & MORE CANCER!!!!! I can’t believe this is even being a debate. He’s a cancer in the locker room. It will never happen, what part of T.O. is in our RISE UP campaign? Not to mention, he’s almost 40 and will probably want more attention cause he is on the way out!!!!

V Tuck

May 18th, 2010
2:45 pm

Anybody but T.O. He would return to, or evolve into a worse rendition, of his early self-absorbed being.


May 18th, 2010
2:49 pm

You folks are totally forgetting about Harry Douglas (admittedly not fully healthy), and Kerry Meier (rookie slot-type receiver). Not to mention a few UFA’s that are in rookie camp this week. If Douglas is going to be able to go this year, I’ll lay money on a breakout season. If not, we’ve got some gems that need some polish and I’d be surprised to see Jenkins start over Meier.

TO would a useless acquisition that would do nothing for the franchise. We just don’t need him.


May 18th, 2010
3:01 pm

no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, on, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, anything else need to be said.

Blue Heaven dude

May 18th, 2010
3:02 pm

This is a hard one, If I’m not mistaken T.O. has been among the league leaders in dropped passes the last three years. Not good. He is a legitimate weapon if he can keep his mouth shut and catch the dam ball. In the end reluctantly I’ll have to pass and hope a rookie or a late free agent signing can fill the spot or maybe Jenkins will get back to two years ago form and it will be all for not.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 18th, 2010
3:03 pm

According to Owens, Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne have been the most consistent wide receivers over the last 10 years. Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt are in that group, too.


May 18th, 2010
3:05 pm

PLEASE SIGN T.O. cause Matt Ryan can’t get it done. He needs a lot of help.


May 18th, 2010
3:08 pm

What time of brain dead idiots are tweeting to you about picking up TO? It is so ridiculously stupid on so many levels, I don’t even know where to begin. However, I think those tweets would function as a very good yard stick for you on which followers to filter out.


May 18th, 2010
3:14 pm

i think chris henry would be more help……….too soon huh

Richard K. Biggs

May 18th, 2010
3:22 pm

Owens would be a terrible fit for the Falcons. He doesn’t have a clue about teamwork. Say no to T.O.!


May 18th, 2010
3:38 pm

I’d probably still be fully opposed to signing TO even if part of his contract required him to have his vocal chords removed.

He’s getting older and drops enough passes that I doubt he’s an “elite” receiver now, even if he somehow amazingly doesn’t destroy the team chemistry of a Falcons club that is currently doing everything right as far as building a team to be proud of.

Say NO to T.O.

Billy C

May 18th, 2010
3:44 pm

Don’t let this guy any-where near MAT…………

Chad Chandler

May 18th, 2010
3:45 pm

Only one team will win the Superbowl. Let’s at least make it fun and sign Terrell!


May 18th, 2010
3:48 pm

Wow, you can tell that there isn’t much happening right now in Falcon land. I say no to TO. What would be the point? It wouldn’t make any since at all. People were not happy with Jenkins because he dropped the football yet we are discussing signing T.O. to be a better option? That is not logical. Also, Matty Ice did have a tendency to focus much of his attention on Gonzo last year and rightly so. Do we really want another guy on the team that Ryan feels that he has to appease? I will take Jenkins at this point any day of the week over T.O. . He does drop the occasional pass but so does Roddy for that matter. Plus Jenkins still has better hands than T.O. and he keeps his mouth shut.


May 18th, 2010
3:48 pm

although this isn’t the T.O. of old, it isn’t exactly the T.O. that has the talent we had seen either.

if he comes, expect maybe 5-7 throws his way. not 10-15. he isn’t much of a blocker.

if he can accept this, then sure, bring him over.

Tod - Dacula

May 18th, 2010
4:07 pm

He$$ yeah; he’s one of the geratest receiver to pay the game and still has a lot left. I am not sure what cancer the falcons are free of; I am not sure of anyone on the last 7 or 8 years that was a distraction.

Yes, superstars come with a bit of baggage with with production that create other opportunities on the fiend. Roddy isn’t that great of a WR and could benefit from a T.O. like receiver. Why not T.O.?

As long as Choke Ryan do not make deals with teh Tight End like Romo did, he will be fine. Ryan need as much help as he can, trust me.

Delbert D.

May 18th, 2010
4:17 pm

Forget about it. D-Led, stay away from the sleazy bars.


May 18th, 2010
4:18 pm

Matt Ryan couldn’t handle having a prolific WR yelling at him for the ball. T.O. would be the end of Matt Ryan as we know him, and it would be like throwing away all that money that you’ve spent on Ryan.

Right now, Ryan needs a more comforting presence, especially coming off of last year’s performance. Comforting is something that Terrell Owens isn’t.

R.U. Kidden

May 18th, 2010
4:26 pm

Not no but hell no!


May 18th, 2010
4:33 pm

No, they should convert Norwood to receiver and move forward. T O is a step backward. The only dumber move a team could make is to panic and give Derek Lowe 60 million, oh well, you get the point

rough road

May 18th, 2010
4:35 pm

Can’t believe people are still commenting on this absurdity.
DOL, you need to write a new article about something worth talking about.


May 18th, 2010
4:47 pm

If Owens would pay the Falcons 8 to 10 million $ a year, and sign an agreement to keep his big mouth shut, I would say yes, bring him to the ATL.
The Falcons could then use the money that Owen’s is paying them to be on the team, and sign some big, tough O-linemen to protect Ryan and open holes for Turner.


May 18th, 2010
4:49 pm

Why would the Falcons want to start smoking after beating cancer once already? In no way do they need TO’s washed up ass! Even if he was as good as five years ago, his attitude sucks. The Falcons will be just fine without him.


May 18th, 2010
4:49 pm

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May 18th, 2010
4:52 pm

Hey Y’all:

You do not want this type of distraction in the locker room, especially when things start getting excitng around here. This guy is a media hog for himself and not the team. He is a “GODDAMN INDIVIDUALIST”. This will not work. Do even think about it.


May 18th, 2010
4:53 pm

I enjoy reading your blog, but not looking at it. Odd size headlines in color. Photos with funhouse mirror effect. Ask if you can take the design class over again. Thanks.


May 18th, 2010
4:54 pm

Sorry, and no T.O. He’s too much of a headache for too little production at this point.

Falcons No. 1 Fan

May 18th, 2010
4:55 pm

Helllll No!!! to T.O.

I rather slept with my ex-GF than watch T.O. on any team.


May 18th, 2010
5:03 pm

As John McEnroe would say…You cannot be serious!!!! Way too much downside risk. Very limited upside. Forget about it.


May 18th, 2010
5:12 pm

Everyone ones talking about the WR position. Did anyone watch the QB position throwing to the WRS last season or was it just me!! Matt Ryan needs a lot more than WRs!!

Falcons Fan

May 18th, 2010
5:13 pm

The Falcons should sign Terrell Owens because he still can play and it is not like they are going to throw a truckload of money at him or sign him for alot of years. Don’t forget all the damn balls Roddy White drops in the heat of a game!!! Terrell Owens is outspoken but football is a brutal sport and players are being paid to man up and face criticism. You can say alot of things about how outspoken Terrell Owens is but he works hard, stays in shape, plays hurt, and I’ve never seen him give up when he steps onto a football field.

Billy Bob

May 18th, 2010
5:17 pm

ATL4life I missed the other racist post.


May 18th, 2010
5:23 pm

I know the falcons could use T.O. the guy can still cause match up problems and can still get open. In a system with Roddy WhitE, Tony, Harry and, micheal turner he could be get what the team needs for 1 or 2 years before he blows up. If the toe is fine, and the price is right go for it


May 18th, 2010
5:28 pm

as a dolphins fan i would say no way to T.O he is a cancer and the falcons are too good of a team to be wasting good money for a headlining head ache. i have alot of falcons fan friends and they say the same thing. there is nothing good to come from TO.

Dirty Byrd

May 18th, 2010
5:30 pm

He!! No…

TO is a cancer.. Piece of trash.. All about “me”…

Do not need this punk on this freight train!!