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Owens a very long shot for NFC South

3/5/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

The release of Terrell Owens by Dallas brings up one obvious question. Where will the talented, but troubled, wide receiver end up next?

It's probably not going to be in the NFC South.

Here's a look at the four teams and why Owens probably doesn't fit:

Atlanta Falcons: They've got a nice starting combination in Roddy White and Michael Jenkins and some young talent with Harry Douglas and Laurent Robinson. Good chemistry was part of the reason the Falcons succeeded last year and they're not going to disrupt that. Coach Mike Smith is a no-nonsense guy and I can't see him wanting any part of Owens.

Carolina Panthers: They already bend the rules here for Steve Smith because his good side balances out the bad. Owner Jerry Richardson isn't going to bend his rules beyond Smith. Besides, putting Owens and Smith together just wouldn't work. Smith wasn't happy with the attention Keyshawn Johnson received in Charlotte and Owens brings a circus wherever he goes.

New Orleans Saints: With Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson, the Saints have a deep and talented receiving corps that doesn't cause many problems.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: This is the one team in the division that we see as a remote possibility for

Owens. If Jon Gruden still was the coach, Owens might already be with the Bucs. But new coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik might be a little more cautious with troubled guys and that may keep them away from Owens. But the Bucs do have plenty of cap room and could use a receiver who can do some things down the field.