AFC West: Terrell Owens

Terrell Owens says he might be a good fit for Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Is that supposed to make us wonder what T.O. would look like in Chiefs red or, more importantly, should it make us wonder whether the Chiefs will bring Owens aboard?

Nope.

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This is Owens doing what he does. He’s trying to create a market for himself.

I always take the never-say-never approach when it comes to NFL moves. Anything is possible. Maybe the Chiefs will decide to pursue Owens. If so, it won’t be because Owens is trying to sell it.

This became a topic Wednesday morning when Owens said on the NFL Network that the Chiefs might be one of the teams that are a good fit for him. Owens played for new Kansas City coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia and had some success before it ended like most of Owens’ tenures with his six NFL teams -- badly.

While Owens thinks Kansas City would be a good fit for him, I can’t agree.

He is 39 and last played in 2010. Plus, the Chiefs are trying to build something, and there are a lot of good vibes around the team. I have serious doubts that Reid would bring in a player who majored in being a distraction into his first Kansas City locker room. It doesn’t seem plausible.

So right now, all this T.O. talk is just that: talk.

Three players Oakland won't sign

September, 13, 2012
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Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie told reporters that the team will not sign veteran receivers Plaxico Burress, Terrell Owens or Chad Johnson.

It does end speculation that any of these players could end up in the Silver and Black. But it become obvious none of those players were on McKenzie's list because the Raiders have long been injured at receiver and these players have long been available.

It’s the right call. The Raiders need younger receivers and they don’t players with a high potential for causing distractions. What do you think? It is the right decision to bypass these three receivers? Fill up the comment section below with your thoughts.

Agent: Mike Goodson doing well

August, 7, 2012
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The agent for injured Oakland running back Mike Goodson passed along word that his client is doing fine Tuesday evening. Agent Kennard McGuire said Goodson was put on a stretcher and was taken to a hospital in an ambulance as a precaution.

“I commend the Raiders for responding in the manner in which they did,” McGuire wrote in a text message. “Mike is alert and moving his extremities. The team and Mike are taking the proper precautions.”

Goodson apparently was hurt after a helmet-to-helmet hit by linebacker Philip Wheeler. After practice, Oakland coach Dennis Allen said Goodson had a neck injury, but he did not know the severity of it.

McGuire’s comments are very encouraging. I’m sure the exact diagnosis and timetable for Goodson will be known in the coming days. But right now, things look very encouraging.

In other AFC West notes:
  • Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer recommended Terrell Owens to Seattle coach Pete Carroll. Palmer and Owens played together in Cincinnati.
  • Kansas City receiver Jon Baldwin reportedly had a terrific day as the Chiefs practiced with the Cardinals on Tuesday. Baldwin has been outstanding in training camp and the No. 26 overall pick of the 2011 draft should be a starter even when Dwayne Bowe reports.
One old, potentially-disruptive receiver down, one to go.

When the Seattle Seahawks signed Terrell Owens on Monday night, it ended long speculation the Raiders could be interested in the receiver. The speculation was fueled by the fact that he is friends with Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer and he worked out with Palmer and some Oakland receivers this offseason.

With Owens off the market, that leaves Plaxico Burress as the most talked about would-be Oakland receiver. Like Owens, I have been against the Raiders pursuing Burress. For the Raiders’ sake, I hope Burress signs elsewhere.

I truly don’t believe the Raiders will sign Burress unless they suffer some injuries at receiver or unless their receiver group flops in the preseason. I don’t think the Raiders need Burress. Their young receiving group is exciting and it has a chance to shine. But it has to be given that chance.

Adding Burress to the mix would take away repetitions and opportunities from the likes of Juron Criner and Rod Streater. Oakland is a growing program. If the Raiders are going to be a factor for the long term, it will be because of players like Criner and Streater not players like Burress, who turns 35 in five days.

And I think the Raiders are good enough at receiver with Denarius Moore, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Jacoby Ford now that signing Burress is not necessary. Again, I never thought Owens was high on the radar of Oakland’s management but his signing elsewhere ended any potential temptation. Now, the same has to happen with Burress.

AFC West notes

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Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer is working out in San Diego (he resides there) with a group of NFL players, including former teammate Terrell Owens. Palmer and Owens have worked out in the past this offseason.

Still, don’t read anything into it. The chances of the Raiders signing Owens, I believe, remain slim.
  • New San Diego and former Oakland tackle Mario Henderson has lost several pounds and he has gotten back into shape.
  • Former Raiders defensive lineman Anthony Smith is facing three more new murder charges. He is already facing a second trial on a murder charge after a mistrial.
Chad Ochocinco is being released by the New England Patriots, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

I can feel the questions flooding my mailbag now. Let’s sandbag this baby.

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No, I don’t see Ochocinco as a fit with any of the AFC West teams, particularly the team that would reunite him with his former quarterback. Ochocinco is cooked. He is 34 and his production has slipped dramatically.

I know what some people are going to say: Ochocinco has a history with Carson Palmer and the Raiders don’t have a veteran receiver. Plus, the Raiders reportedly were interested in trading for Ochocinco last summer before the Bengals dealt him to the Patriots.

But Palmer and Ochocinco had their tense moments as well. As with another former Palmer teammate, Terrell Owens, I don’t think it be worth the Raiders’ time to pursue Ochocinco. Plus, one of the reasons the Raiders liked Ochocinco last year was his relationship with then-head coach Hue Jackson, who is close with Ochocinco. Jackson is now an assistant with the Bengals.

I just can’t see the appeal for the Raiders when it comes to Ochocinco. Why take a declining vet (with a history of being a distraction) and take away repetitions from young players?

I think the no-go on Ochocinco has to apply in Denver, Kansas City and San Diego too. All three of those teams are fine at receiver and if they want to add someone, there are better options with less baggage.
Terrell Owens is campaigning to get back into the NFL, and his current targets are his first team and the team in which his previous quarterback plays for.

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Owens went on “The Drive” on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, in an interview that will air Monday, and said he’d like to play for either the 49ers or the Raiders. Let’s get this straight: Owens would like to play for any team. But thus far, there have not been any takers. Owens was out of football in 2011, and he turns 39 in December.

Yes, he’s a hard sell.

Yet, he is pushing for a chance to reunite with quarterback Carson Palmer. They played in Cincinnati together in 2010, and Owens worked out with Palmer and some Oakland receivers this offseason.

“If I had to prefer a team, I’d probably want to end where I started, but other than that, that’s not possible, but at the same time, anything can happen. That being said, there’s really only one team left in the Bay Area who I haven’t played for, that really, at this point in time is a viable option, and that’s the Oakland Raiders,” Owens said, “Given the opportunity, if that’s on their radar for me to come in and help them win some ball games, and ultimately help them try to win a championship, then I’ll take that challenge on.

"I definitely feel I have a lot of football left in me. I think Carson knows that. The guys that saw me running around, those receivers, they saw me first hand, so it’s just a matter of someone giving me an opportunity to make that happen. If that’s the case with the Raiders, I’ll assess that when the time comes.”

The reality is, it doesn’t matter if Owens is interested in playing for the Raiders. There are a lot of people in the world who would like to play for the Raiders. What matters is what Oakland’s brass wants. Thus far, it appears Oakland is satisfied with its young core of receivers. As I have expressed often, I think it is the right call.

Let’s see what fifth-round pick Juron Criner can do. Taking away repetitions from him in favor of a rusty 38-year-old with a history of being a locker-room distraction doesn’t make any sense.

In other AFC West news:

Tight end Dallas Clark reportedly visited the Patriots this week. He recently visited the Chiefs.

In an Insider piece, Insider Mel Kiper says he thinks Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston will build upon his strong rookie season.

Denver signed fifth-round pick Malik Jackson. He is the team’s second draft pick to sign.
It's clear Plaxico Burress wants to play in the NFL in 2012.

And it’s also clear that he’d play anywhere. The receiver, who will turn 35 in August, appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio with hosts Adam Schein and Rich Gannon.

Gannon asked Burress his thoughts on Carolina, Oakland and Miami as possible destinations. Burress said yes, yes and yes.

Here is his response: “You just ran off some good teams. I spoke with Cam [Newton] a few times this offseason when he was down here working out in South Florida. I didn’t get a chance to work out with him but I know he’s a very hard worker. Steve Smith is obviously, in my book, one of the top five receivers in all of football. He has been that kind of player for some time now. … Oakland, I’ve always thought that Carson Palmer has been one of the best deep-ball throwers in all of football since I can remember. … They do have some great talent over there in Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy. I think those guys are only going to get better with Carson. … The Miami Dolphins. I ran into Reggie Bush a few weeks ago at the Heat-Celtics game and he was just saying, ‘Man, please, just come down here and make some plays, and we’re going to have the receiver to go up and get the ball in the red zone and things like that.’ I said, ‘Hey, man, you know, when my phone rings, hey, you never know.’”

My thoughts on Burress’ idea of playing in Oakland? Just because the Raiders were one of the team’s Gannon mentioned doesn’t mean it is a good fit.

Burress had 45 catches for the Jets last season, his first back in the league after missing two years while he was in prison.

The thought of adding Burress, in my mind, is a lot like the idea of the Raiders signing Terrell Owens. I just think the Raiders would be better off developing their young stable of receivers than adding one of these two aging players.
I won’t make it a habit to disagree with Jerry Rice about the wide receiver position. I think it makes good sense to defer to the greatest receiver of all-time on the subject.

However, on NFL Live on Tuesday, the ESPN analyst said something I can’t be on board with -- Terrell Owens would fit in with the Oakland Raiders.

Asked if he thought Owens would fit in with an NFL team, Rice said he thought the Raiders would be a fit because they could use a veteran to go along with their several young receivers.

Adding fuel to the possibility, of course, is Owens is friends and former teammates with Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer. Owens worked out with Palmer and some Oakland receivers this offseason.

Still, I don’t like the fit.

The Raiders are going in a new direction in leadership and I think a player like Owens would not be a good addition to the locker room to start the Reggie McKenzie-Dennis Allen era. Owens can be a distraction. The Raiders don’t need any distractions.

Plus, Owens is 38 and he did not play in the NFL in 2011. Where’s the appeal here?

Rice is right that Oakland’s receiving crew is young. But these players need to play and develop. Having Owens taking away repetitions from the likes of Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford, Louis Murphy and rookie Juron Criner just doesn’t make sense to me.

Again, it’s not wise to argue the reviver position with Jerry Rice. But I think it would be less wise for Oakland to pursue Owens.
Oakland Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey tweeted a picture Tuesday of three teammates (including quarterback Carson Palmer) and a fifth man, in what appeared to be in a workout setting.

The man?

Terrell Owens.

Yep, the 38-year-old receiver who has fallen off the radar of NFL teams. Does the group photo mean Owens is on the way to signing with the Raiders?

Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves here. Owens and Palmer played together in the past and are friends. It might have been just a matter of Owens being in Los Angeles and getting together with the group.

Plus, players don’t make personnel decisions in the world of Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie. He has other things to worry about other than signing Owens. And the Raiders have a crowded receiving group. If Owens signs with the Raiders, I would think it would be down the road.

My guess is that Heyward-Bey is sitting back and smiling, knowing his tweet caused a slight ruckus.

In other AFC West news:

Raider Nation is recruiting Indianapolis linebacker Philip Wheeler. Wheeler started 11 games last season and has started 24 of 61 NFL games. He has not been highly sought-after in free agency.

Peyton Manning's mentor said the quarterback has played simulated games and he is ready to go for the Broncos.

Chargers' O-line still in shambles

November, 27, 2011
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SAN DIEGO -- As expected, San Diego’s offensive line is a mess.

Starters Marcus McNeill (neck) and Louis Vasquez (ankle) are out for the second straight game. San Diego is also missing guard Kris Dielman, who is out for the year because of a concussion. Backup guard Tyronne Green is also out with a hand injury. Undrafted rookie Steve Schilling and newly signed Tony Moll are expected to start at guard. Brandyn Dombrowski will start for McNeill.

Receiver Malcom Floyd remains out with a hip injury. Rookie Vincent Brown will start for him. Linebacker Shaun Phillips is active for the first time in a month after being out with a foot injury.

Denver’s inactive list doesn’t feature any surprises.

In other AFC West nuggets:

Rookie receiver Denarius Moore (foot) and running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring) are among Oakland’s inactive players against Chicago. Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is active. He had a neck injury.

ESPN is reporting that Detroit defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh is expected to be suspended at least two games for his actions Thursday against Green Bay. The Lions play at Oakland on Dec. 18 and they host San Diego on Dec. 24.

ESPN is reporting that the agent of receiver Terrell Owens said there is one team that is very interested in signing Owens. I don’t see any natural fits with any of the AFC West teams at this point.

ESPN Stats & Information has some keys to Sunday’s Denver-San Diego game.

Raiders add veteran to WR mix

November, 1, 2011
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Carson Palmer has an old security blanket as he begins his Oakland Raiders’ tenure.

The Raiders signed veteran receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh on Tuesday. He is 34. Houshmandzadeh played with Palmer for five years in Cincinnati and he was coached by Oakland head coach Hue Jackson there for three years.

Palmer is entering his third week in Oakland, so working with Houshmandzadeh should give him a comfort level. I think that may benefit Palmer more during practice than in games.

Many NFL scouts think Houshmandzadeh, 34, doesn’t have much left in the tank. He hasn’t worked this season and he had just 30 catches last year in Baltimore.

Plus, the Raiders have several young receivers they need to develop, so using Houshmandzadeh in the rotation could be counterproductive.

Last week, in a radio interview, Palmer was asked if he thought the Raiders should sign Terrell Owens, who played with Palmer in Cincinnati last year. This is part of what Palmer said: "We have a stable of young horses that can run and guys that can just move. Very young, very inexperienced, but tons of potential and it's tough to give up a young guy with a lot of potential for a guy that's got a lot of history in the league that's in his late 30s.”

Why has that mantra changed?

Owens will soon turn 38, but he had a much better year than Houshmandzadeh last season. In the end, I don’t think this is a terrible move for Oakland, but I don’t think it will be overly significant on the field, either.

Palmer talks pressure and T.O.

October, 26, 2011
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New Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer conducted a radio interview with “The Drive with Tierney and Davis on 95.7 The GAME (KGMZ-FM) in the Bay Area.

He admitted he feels a “ton” of pressure to lead the Raiders on a long run. The Raiders gave Cincinnati two premium picks for Palmer last week. Palmer also said he doesn’t see former Bengals’ teammate Terrell Owens being a fit with the Raiders because of their young talent at the position.

Here is some of what Palmer had to say:

How much pressure are you feeling to take this team deep into the playoffs?

“A ton, a ton, and I love every bit of it. I’ve been playing quarterback for as long as I can remember. If it wasn’t that type of pressure it was pressure of being the No. 1 pick and having heavy expectations for being a franchise quarterback, and I enjoy that part of the game, and I think that’s why I got put at quarterback at a young age. You either like it or you don’t. It’s not something that you can get better at or work on so I enjoy that part of it, I enjoy that challenge. I really look forward to the opportunity to prove to the naysayers wrong and to prove to Hue right. “

Would you be willing to play with Terrell Owens again?

“T.O. and I had a great working relationship. He had one of his most successful years over the past five or six years, a lot of production and he was a great teammate in Cincinnati. The problem is that for him to get here there’s not anybody that we could let go. We have a stable of young horses that can run and guys that can just move. Very young, very inexperienced but tons of potential and it’s tough to give up a young guy with a lot of potential for a guy that’s got a lot of history in the league that’s in his late 30’s so I can’t see him coming here, but I had a good time playing with him and he’s an explosive player himself.”

Meanwhile, here are some quick Chargers’ hits:

Evening AFC West notes

October, 24, 2011
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The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Oakland Raiders could bring in receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh if Carson Palmer doesn’t click with the team's young receiver. The two played in Cincinnati and Hue Jackson coached them both. Houshmandzadeh is 34 and has been in major decline. The only way I could see this being beneficial is if the Raiders’ youngsters fall off dramatically.

Meanwhile, Jackson said he is not actively pursuing Terrell Owens. He is working out for teams Tuesday. Jackson said he was unaware of the workout.

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A Palmer, Owens reunion?

October, 21, 2011
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I have received a lot of questions this week, asking me if I think the Oakland Raiders will pursue receiver Terrell Owens. His agent has said Owens has healed from a torn ACL and he will soon be ready to sign with a team.

I’ve been asked about the chances of Owens landing in Oakland for years. Yet, the Raiders have never made a real move for Owens. I understand why the questions have resurfaced. The Raiders just traded for Carson Palmer. Palmer and Owens were teammates in Cincinnati last year. Owens had 72 catches for 983 yards last season.

Still, I don’t think much will change, unless Palmer really presses for it.

The Raiders have an outstanding group of young receivers, who they need to find the right mix. Talent is not a problem for this team at the position.

So, considering the lack of need, Owens’ age (he’ll turn 38 in December), his history as a problematic teammate and his recent injury history, I just don’t see the urgent need for the Raiders to consider him.

What do you think? Fill up the comment section below with your thoughts.

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