Would Packers sell soul for Owens?

One of the straws that broke Terrell Owens' back in Philadelphia was his comment that the Eagles would "be in a better situation" if Brett Favre, not Donovan McNabb, were the quarterback. Owens' days in Philadelphia are over. Could he be catching passes from Favre next season?

The selfish and childish Owens doesn't seem like the type of player the Packers would want. And with general manager Ted Thompson intent on pinching pennies when it comes to short-term fixes, Owens probably doesn't fit in Thompson's master plan.

But if Favre wants to play one more season, adding Owens could help Favre exit the game a winner.

Before releasing Owens, the Eagles no doubt will shop him around the league during the off-season. The Packers, perhaps more than any other team, could offer an attractive package.

With the Packers seemingly destined to finish at or near the bottom of the league this year, they will have prime draft position. The Packers almost certainly wouldn't offer their first-round pick — which could wind up being No. 1 overall — but their second-round pick could be almost as good as a first-rounder.

The Eagles probably would want a receiver thrown into a trade, too. With a potential wide receiver triumvirate of Owens, Javon Walker and Donald Driver, Robert Ferguson would be an attractive piece to the package. Ferguson is a team player, young, filled with potential and under contract. Plus, he torched the Eagles in the infamous fourth-and-26 playoff game. The Eagles have some big-play threats, so Ferguson would fill the bill as a possession-type receiver.

So, the Packers might have the goods to pull off a trade.

Now, imagine Owens wearing green and gold.

The aforementioned trio of Owens, Walker and Driver would be downright lethal. Throw in Terrence Murphy, this year's second-round pick who is on injured reserve, and that's a fearsome foursome of weapons. Plus, with Owens on the team, Walker would be under no pressure to rush back from his knee injury. Owens and Driver could be the prime weapons until Walker — a friend of Owens, remember — is 100 percent healthy.

And with the first-round pick, wouldn't a player like USC's Reggie Bush, who is a touchdown waiting to happen, whether it's on a handoff, a short pass or a kick return, be the perfect replacement for injured free-agents-to-be Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport?

Think Favre wouldn't salivate at those prospects, especially after he spent the Pittsburgh game trying to move the ball with his contingent of four receivers and three halfbacks consisting of Driver, Antonio Chatman and five guys signed off the street?

Owens, of course, has proven poisonous in the locker room. He might be the league's most dominating player, yet the San Francisco 49ers couldn't get rid of him fast enough and the Philadelphia Eagles are basically throwing in the towel on this season just because they can't tolerate another moment of Owens' childishness.

Can the Packers live with that for a year?

Does Favre want to win so much that he'd put up with a year of Owens' potential (or likely) baloney?

Owens turned on McNabb, just like he did Jeff Garcia in San Francisco. Favre, of course, is headed toward retirement. So what if Owens and Favre don't get along? Owens, unless he has an epiphany while sitting out the rest of this season, appears doomed to spend the rest of his career as nothing more than a one-year rental. Let Favre throw passes to Owens in 2006, then cut Owens after the season, regardless of whether Favre wants to play in 2007.

It may sound like selling your soul to the devil, but with all that talent on offense and Jim Bates' improving defense, the Packers likely would be one of the favorites to win a weak NFC next year. If the Packers want Favre to exit with a championship, trading for Owens might be a risk worth taking.

Steve Lawrence is a regular contributor to PackerReport.com. Send comments to steve_lawrence_packers@yahoo.com


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