NO to TO?

The drama unfolding in Philadelphia will reach Kansas City. It's inevitable. At some point during the off-season the Eagles will part ways with pro bowl wide receiver Terrel Owens. At that point, a debate will ensue on whether or not the Chiefs should risk bringing TO to Kansas City. Why wait? Let's talk about it now.

Can the Chiefs use a player of Owens' talent? Absolutely!! The Chiefs have not had a game breaking playmaker at wide receiver in several years. That's an amazing fact given the Chiefs have been one of the top three offenses in the NFL over the past three years. However, the lack of a superstar at wide receiver has been a bigger issue this year.

In the past the Chiefs offense could over come because the offensive line was so dominating. This year an aging and ailing offensive line has been decent, but not dominating. That is causing the offense to suffer. A game breaker at wide receiver would greatly impact this offense. The Chiefs need to sign a veteran, free agent wide receiver to fill this void. With Sammie Parker, Craphonso Thorpe and Jeris McIntyre the Chiefs have enough young talent to secure the future, but need an immediate threat.

However, and it's a huge HOWEVER, TO appears to be a locker room cancer. It started off as funny. TO shaking the pom-poms after a touchdown was hilarious. The sharpie incident was a bit over the top, but was creative, imaginative and again, very funny. Now it has grown to ridiculous. TO argued with his offensive coordinator in San Francisco and publicly criticized and insinuated things about his quarterback. He then whined and tantrumed his way to a trade to Philadelphia after it appeared he had been traded to Baltimore.

In his first year in Philly he proved himself to be a warrior, working his way back from a severe ankle injury to be a playmaker in the superbowl. But this year it has been a return to arguing with his offensive coordinator, criticizing his quarterback and whining about his contract. It appears that his tenure in Philadelphia will end soon.

So when his tenure ends, should the Chiefs take a risk on him? I'm going to take the unpopular side of the debate and say YES. The truth of the matter is that this offense needs a spark and a playmaker on the outside. For the second year in a row the Chiefs offense (particularly its passing offense) has gotten off to a very slow start. Tony Gonzalez is constantly double teamed or covered by the defenses best cornerback. The Chiefs don't have a wide receiver that can make them pay for that strategy.

But what about his antics? Fair question. A good leader recognizes what motivates each individual person he or she leads. TO is motivated by attention. That's what it all boils down to. He wants attention and for his team to acknowledge that they need him, that he is important. TO whined when the Eagles did not make a fuss over his 100th touchdown. The Jets set off fireworks for Curtis Martin's 100th touchdown. TO craves attention. He craves attention from his coaches, attention from the media, attention from the game plan, attention from his quarterback and attention from the front office via his contract. What's the solution? Give it to him. Vermeil (assuming he's still the head coach next year) would need to make a big deal over TO's performances. Saunders would need to create game plans that make TO feel he's going to be on Sportscenter. Trent Green would need to get him the ball eight to ten times a game.

Is that doable? Sure it is. Is it easy?

It's not overly difficult, especially the game plan and the catches.

Is it risky? Yes.

The Chiefs have some big egos already on their team that would need to be handled as well. Tony Gonzalez and Larry Johnson would have to be stroked as well, but a good leader can make that happen.

The best way to handle that risk is to gather the team leaders together before signing TO. Trent Green, Will Shields, Tony Richardson, Priest Holmes, Tony Gonzalez, Eric Hicks, Sammy Knight and Patrick Surtain should be brought into a meeting and consulted on the potential acquisition. They should be allowed to openly discuss the risks, the rewards and the plan to deal with TO.

Carl Peterson would need to give him a contract that is commensurate with a wide receiver of his caliber, but it would need to be incentive driven. It would require TO to produce to get the money and the attention he craves.

I'm in the minority on this one. I know that, but that is the call I would make. Top Stories