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Owens deal gets nation talking about Bills

3/7/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The usually overlooked Buffalo Bills made national headlines Saturday, when they unexpectedly signed future Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens to a one-year, $6.5 million contract.

Here's a sampling of the reactions:

  • Buffalo News columnist Jerry Sullivan asks, "What do [the Bills] have to lose? Tranquility and calm in the locker room, among a bunch of nice guys who haven't won a damn thing?"

  • NFL.com senior columnist Vic Carucci starts out by sharing, "Most of me believes emphatically that this is a horrible idea," but thinks it could work.

  • CBSSports.com columnist Clark Judge says Owens and the Bills "are the ideal fit: Owens is as bad for the Bills as the Bills are for Owens."

  • Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com says the Bills are "the wise ones" to take a discounted chance on a future Hall of Famer.

  • Yahoo! Sports columnist Jason Cole thinks this "scenario provides a way in which Owens can be successful."

  • Sporting News columnist Clifton Brown feels for quarterback Trent Edwards: "Dealing with Owens' personality will be a major challenge for a 25-year-old who has 23 NFL starts."

  • Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News writes Owens is "a good fit for what the team needs most."

  • Pro Football Weekly's Matt Sohn writes "everything about this signing reeks of desperation."

  • Andrew Das on the New York Times' blog "The Fifth Down" writes "if the Bills would just stop quitting in the middle of the season, they would have a chance to make a playoff run."