NFL analyst: Dolphins should sign T.O.

July, 21, 2012
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The Miami Dolphins desperately need help at wide receiver. And veteran free agent Terrell Owens is desperately looking for work.

Could Owens and Miami be a match?

According to NFL Network analyst Jamie Dukes, the Dolphins should make this move.

"The guy [Miami] needs to bring in -- I’ve said it before and I will keep saying it -- is Terrell Owens,” Dukes said Friday on the NFL Network. “Terrell Owens, I believe if healthy, is a top-25 receiver. He had a great year in Cincinnati and Chad [Ochocinco] and T.O. have worked together before in Cincinnati."

Dukes wasn't kidding. He said everything with a straight face.

Dukes went on to explain that Owens, 38, is better than anything Miami has at receiver, outside of Ochocinco, and that Miami needs excitement to sell tickets. Owens could help in both categories.

But I totally disagree with Dukes on this one. Signing Owens would be a bad move and probably wouldn't help much in the win column.

Miami traded Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall in an effort to remove troubled players from its locker room. Getting rid of Marshall and signing Owens sends a bad message. It also would create a circus atmosphere that Miami is trying to avoid in the first year under rookie head coach Joe Philbin.

Ochocinco is colorful enough for Miami's locker room. Ochocinco and Owens would be too much for this rebuilding team to handle.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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