Terrell Owens + Atlanta Falcons: Is it T.O. Time in the ATL?

Terrell Owens' on-field stats may be sweet but the locker room controversies leave a bitter aftertaste.

Terrell Owens

ESPN reports that even Jerry Jones has had it with Terrell Owens’ one-man sideshow, resulting in the Cowboys releasing the star wide receiver after a tumultuous three seasons in Dallas.

While cutting T.O. rids Dallas of mega-locker room drama — after exiting his first team, San Francisco, he insinuated in a Playboy interview that then-49ers QB Jeff Garcia was homosexual; claimed Eagles QB Donovan McNabb was soft while in Philadelphia; and reportedly feuded with fellow Cowboys receiver Jason Witten — it comes with a hefty salary cap hit to the tune of $9 million. But Owens caught 235 passes for 3,587 yards and 38 touchdowns in 47 games with the Cowboys and led the NFL with 13 TDs receiving in 2006, his first season in Dallas. Over his 13-year career, he’s a five-time All-Pro and ranks second in career touchdowns, fifth in career yards receiving and sixth in career receptions. 

Falcons starting WR Roddy White hauled in 88 receptions for 7 TDs and 1,382 yards during the 2008 season. In Dallas, Owens posted 69 receptions for 10 TDs and 1,052 yards in 2008. White is 27; Owens is 35.

We’re just asking: Would you like to see Terrell Owens in an Atlanta Falcons uniform when the 2009 season starts? Or is he just too much of a locker room distraction for a team forging its identity behind a new young QB, Matt Ryan, and a WR (White) whose stats have steadily improved over his playing days?

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220 comments Add your comment

Drago

March 5th, 2009
10:17 am

I would love to see him in a Falcon’s uniform–if he takes his medication.

Danny

March 5th, 2009
10:20 am

No. One of the things that made the Falcons work last season was chemistry. TO ruins chemistry of a team. He is an incredible player, but the Falcons are fine without him. He would bring more baggage than this young team could carry.

cursive

March 5th, 2009
10:22 am

Owens would ruin the team. He is locker room dynamite, and there is no way that he should come here. We are still healing from MV7.

ConstUP

March 5th, 2009
10:23 am

NO…We don’t need men who cry!

Paul A

March 5th, 2009
10:24 am

Oh god…. PLEASE NO !

He’s a good player but he’s old and he brings way too much drama and baggage with him.

Maybe the Redskins will sign him for $80 million???? They’re signing everybody else.

Herschworld

March 5th, 2009
10:25 am

T.O and Vick should start their own league

Daniel

March 5th, 2009
10:25 am

T.O + Falcons = FAIL

lindseylee21

March 5th, 2009
10:25 am

YES YES YES!!!! I think TO is the greatest, I love him!!!! I would buy season tickets that I can’t afford if he came to Atlanta. He would bring some fun and crazyness back to the Falcons, things have gotten boring around here! GIVE ME THE T.O.!!!!!!!!

Dave

March 5th, 2009
10:25 am

caz1158

March 5th, 2009
10:25 am

What a crazy notion!!!!The falcons just went through a “ZOO” period with the Michael Vick problem, why would they even entertain the thought of T.O.???? Why create the distractions that come with him? Great reciever-Yes, Cancer-Yes!!!!!!

Jim007

March 5th, 2009
10:26 am

What a Role Model ? NEVER!!!

Deke

March 5th, 2009
10:26 am

Two words : HELL NO. This guy is nothing but a disruptive presence in the locker room. We don’t need that on a young team coming off a playoff year. Besides, he’s what, 36? Most people agree he’s lost a step. We don’t need his kind of bad air around Atlanta. We’ve almost put the Vick thing behind us, let’s not bring in more negativity.

Falcon Devil

March 5th, 2009
10:27 am

Hell no we don’t want him!!! The only reason he is still good is all the HGH he takes. Thomas Dimiroff would never bring in such a high-risk player.

OneRyder

March 5th, 2009
10:27 am

I think we can do with him.

kclubmember

March 5th, 2009
10:28 am

Would I like to see Terrell Owens in a Falcon uniform? Answer:Hell no!

GB

March 5th, 2009
10:30 am

Can he play linebacker?

1 time

March 5th, 2009
10:32 am

CANCER, dont do it. You have a program running in the right direction, he will only cause problems!

Season Ticket Holder

March 5th, 2009
10:33 am

Is this question a joke….

Raul

March 5th, 2009
10:34 am

No Way! This team is playing like a team, the last thing we need is a whiny selfish player like TO.

M.J.

March 5th, 2009
10:34 am

Hell to the NO WAY!! Let him go to with the rest of the rejects (one way ticket with no refund) to the Oakland Raiders. He should try out for the Raiders cheerleaders squad!! He’s definitely has a BIG mouth and likes pom-poms.

B

March 5th, 2009
10:35 am

NO!!!!!!! Atlanta finally got rid of the majority of the thugs.. let’s not start over!

Wheeler

March 5th, 2009
10:35 am

Hell NO!!!!!!!!!

Waterboy

March 5th, 2009
10:35 am

T.O is not good anymore. He is old and needs to retire and live with his mommy!!

Nick

March 5th, 2009
10:37 am

Roddy White is a better player at this point, so no I’d rather see TO be another teams problem.

Henry

March 5th, 2009
10:37 am

Owens should never be able to put on a Falcons uniform nor set foot in their locker room. Don’t even think about it.

joyce

March 5th, 2009
10:38 am

Leave him in Texas. We don’t need another controversial, self-centered,
thuggy type.

buc_wild1

March 5th, 2009
10:38 am

My opinion would be yes. Give him a fair incentive based salary based on his production, which would make him actually work hard to earn his money and produce. Also, add a clause that states if he becomes any time of disruption to the team or through the media, his contract would be null and void leaving him out of a job……PERIOD!!!

Barry

March 5th, 2009
10:38 am

ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!! He is a cancer on any team he plays on!!!!! The Falcons was actually fun to watch last season since they got rid of their previous cancers: DeAngelo Hall, Algie Crumpler and Michael Vick!
They need to stay the course with clean talented players that play as a team and not as individuals!

James

March 5th, 2009
10:41 am

nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

ValdostaMike

March 5th, 2009
10:42 am

Sure, and while we are at it, let’s bring back MeAngelo and Vick. Hell, let’s let OJ make a comeback with the Falcons. Bring in all the me-first thugs you can find. Lasagna for everyone

DC

March 5th, 2009
10:42 am

NOOO!!!! Owens is a cancer to what ever team he plays for. If we bring Owens to ATL then it will destroy everything we are trying to build!!!

Tim

March 5th, 2009
10:43 am

Not “NO”, but ‘HELL NO’ !!!!!!!!!! The Falcons have an offense that is good and will hopefully continue to “gel”……..They need defense!!!!! Spend the money there……..Besides, T.O. is a “head-case” and does nothing but put division in a team……I wouldn’t want him even if he would play for free!!!!!!!

ken

March 5th, 2009
10:43 am

Don’t do it…

Michael

March 5th, 2009
10:44 am

HELLLLL NO!!!!!!!!! We do not need another Vick

Due North 02

March 5th, 2009
10:44 am

T.O. is great player so you need to way the pos. and the neg.. Atlanta’s chemistry was great last yr., but remember Atlanta is young and still evolving. The addition of vet. T.O. could push the recieving core to the top. But with media instigating and or blow-up everything T.O. does off the field might cause a degree of turbulance in the locker-room. If Atlanta tweeks up the offensive line with 350lbs. plus to protect Matt Ryan……the passing and running scheme would be unstopable and the Atlanta Falcons could have there long awaited Championship.

bakerman

March 5th, 2009
10:44 am

Hell no!!!!!

Falcon Devil

March 5th, 2009
10:44 am

Only if he pays us and has his tongue surgically removed

Larry

March 5th, 2009
10:45 am

Sure, let’s get TO, and while we are at it, why don’t we trade Matt Ryan and bring Mike Vick back as the QB – I mean Ryan has trade value at this point which is much greater than MV. And all that has almost 0 probability of happening.

Dan

March 5th, 2009
10:47 am

NO NO NO. As Mike Golic pointed out, the Falcons wouldn’t do that to Matt Ryan. Didn’t the Falcons spend all last off-season getting rid of egotistical players (Hall), the last thing we need is a ticking time bomb!

rb

March 5th, 2009
10:47 am

T.O. + FALCONS = N.O.

Jim

March 5th, 2009
10:49 am

No, under no circumstances. With Matt and the team doing as well as they are we don’t need a “sideshow” . It’s really too bad that we get these really gifted athletes in the NFL and other pro sports who want to be the center of attention no matter what it does to the team or the sport. The Falcons will do much better without the presence of TO and his self centered celebrity BS.

John

March 5th, 2009
10:50 am

Deputy 1181

March 5th, 2009
10:51 am

Absolutely not…we just got rid of a couple of problem children who feel like they are larger than the NFL. Keep him away as a matter of fact whatever team signs him make sure they stay in Birmingham the night before the game. T.O. is a greeat receiver probably one of the greatest but NOT IN MY BACKYARD. Lets get some insurance at RB and a shutdown corner not a shut up receiver.

ANT

March 5th, 2009
10:53 am

No,No,No-we can do without him.He’s a team killer like Stephon Marbury.

755

March 5th, 2009
10:53 am

NOOOOO. NO NO NO.

He’s been a distraction everywhere he’s played. We don’t need another player of poor character.

Tiffy Brown

March 5th, 2009
10:54 am

T.O. is my boyfriend! You all are so mean. He would be a great asset to the Falcons. Email me and let me know what you think. We are looking at those condos in Atlantic Station this evening so we can be in the lime light this summer if they sign him. tiffy_9to5@yahoo.com

Chuck

March 5th, 2009
10:54 am

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO and NOOOOOO! What a jerk.

Will

March 5th, 2009
10:54 am

OH HELL NAW!!!!!

PERISH THE THOUGHT—-IMMEDIATELY, IF NOT SOONER. We’ve got a nice cadre of receivers and a quarterback who just MIGHT grow into being on of the “all-timers”. He is not a real leader and throwing T.O. into the mix at his age and stage of his career would absolutely ruin the offense’s chemistry. Can you really conceive of T.O. and Matt Ryan being sucessful for more than a half-season. I think that if the Falcons were to sign T.O., I’d quit being a fan of the team.

FalconFan

March 5th, 2009
10:54 am

D Hall times 20….No Way…They are going to add a TE and that will take touches away from T.O….We know what T.O. does when he doesn’t get enough touches.

Plus, we don’t have a veteran QB to put him in his place.

free

March 5th, 2009
10:54 am

hell let me play again #33