Should Dolphins go after T.O.?

The idea of Terrell Owens lining up at wide receiver for the Dolphins certainly is an intriguing one, where you can start imagining the possibilities on offense with Chris Chambers, Ricky Williams, Ronnie Brown and Randy McMichael. But, unfortunately, it's not quite that simple. Because when you get Terrell Owens, you not only get a marvelously gifted wideout, you get a problem child who's already worn out his welcome from two different places.

Is Owens destined to cause problems wherever he goes? No one knows the answer to that question, although his track record obviously isn't good.

You can only envision Owens throwing a fit after a loss because he had only three balls thrown his way.

Or Owens getting in the quarterback's face -- whoever that might be -- after a bad pass.

It's a dangerous proposition, no question about it.

But then again, wasn't Corey Dillon supposed to be poison when the Patriots acquired him from Cincinnati? From all accounts, he's been the model team players in his two seasons with New England.

Of course, the argument could be made that Dillon had never tasted success in Cincinnati and that his situation is somewhat different than that of Owens.

That's valid, but maybe there's just something about Bill Belichick and Nick Saban that makes them able to handle problem players.

The truth is, we'll never know until Owens lands in Miami, if he does.

From a pure football standpoint, he would make the Miami offense instantly better. Let's be honest, Chambers had a Pro Bowl season, but is he really a slam-dunk No. 1 receiver? No. Owens is.

Of course, you could have three T.O. types at wide receiver, and it wouldn't make a difference if you don't get good quarterback play, but that's a different discussion for another time.

For now, the issue is whether T.O. is worth the gamble. And the bottom line is the Dolphins have had a lot of good guys in recent years, yet haven't advanced as far as the AFC Championship Game since 1992.

So maybe it's time for the focus to be a whole lot more on production. And T.O. will produce. He always has.

So we say, go ahead, bring him in. And just hope he behaves.


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