Well, just when you think you’ve heard it all, the Pats go ahead and throw another one out there that not only makes you scratch your head, but really wonder what the heck is going on.
Friday the team finally cut ties with Taylor Price. Price, like Chad Jackson before him, was a failed wideout drafted by the Pats that wore #17. That’s not really a huge head scratcher. The team has swung and missed so many times in recent drafts (Butler, Meriweather, etc) that you sometimes forget that they scored Hernandez and Gronk in the same draft.
So the team cut Price and used a combination of Underwood, Ochocinco, and Julien Edelman to fill the role as the team’s third wide receiver behind Welker and Branch. But in that entire list of guys, there’s not a player that really gives them the deep ball. Sure Hernandez and Gronk have stretched the field but there’s no true deep threat.
I preface everything I’m about to write going forward with this; I don’t think they need that deep threat.
Well, rumors came out of Foxoboro that Drew Rosenhaus was present on the sidelines Sunday. The rumors went a little further to say that his client Terrell Owens was on the verge of signing with the Patriots. Which of course lends more fuel to the fire that he’s been working out in secret down in Foxboro for quite some time.
So if the rumors are true and this were to happen, you have to think that Belichick hates Marvin Lewis. I mean, basically Bill is going to reunite the T.O. and Ocho show in Foxboro and my guess would be that they become an unstoppable tandem with Welker and the two tights ends. You can’t cover double every one of those guys.
I’ve said it before and will say it again. If the guy can still play (in this case T.O.), checks the ego at the door, and helps win a championship, I don’t care about his past. I love that the Pats are basically a mercenary team. Some players work out (Bryan Cox, Corey Dillon, Rodney Harrison) other work out for a bit (Moss) and others don’t work out at all (Haynesworth).
Given the fact that T.O. hasn’t won a championship and would have Tom Brady throwing him passes, you’d have to think that he’d be in heaven if he signs with New England. This is likely his last shot at a winner and the Pats could certainly get him that elusive ring.
I stick by my guns in saying that I don’t think the Pats need him. I’d much rather see a Darren Sharper or someone to help in the secondary, but if this is what the Pats are going to do and there’s gas in the tank, kick the tires and we’ll se how it works out. You have four weeks before the playoffs though so if you’re looking to get him going, you may want to speed that up.