T.J. Houshmandzadeh Thinks Terrell Owens Can Help Seattle


If you’ve followed the rumor mill recently, you’ve heard about Seattle’s supposed interest in wide receiver Terrell Owens.

If you’re at least a casual fan of football, you’ve already developed an opinion about Terrell Owens. And you already know whether or not you want him in a Seahawks  uniform.

The rumors stemmed from “exploratory phone calls” made by Seattle’s front office with Terrell Owens’ agent. Seattle’s actual interest in obtaining Terrell Owens is unknown, but the rumored phone calls have been confirmed: the Seattle Seahawks have at least considered the possibility of adding Owens to their roster.

Terrell Owens has developed a bad reputation in the National Football League. His name is synonymous with greed, attitude, and selfishness. In fact, not including his last season spent in Buffalo, every stop Owens has made during his career has ended badly.

At his current age (36), it could be argued that bringing Terrell Owens to Seattle would be a waste of time. Acquiring a talented receiver at the end of his career is pointless for a team trying to rebuild from the ground up.

But what if the Seahawks are looking to add contributors right away? What if the new regime has injected new optimism and the franchise is ready to start winning sooner than later?

I think a majority of Seahawks fans would be opposed to adding Terrell Owens, but a few vocal players have endorsed adding the veteran playmaker.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who recently predicted he would catch 100 passes this season, openly supported the idea of adding Terrell Owens to Seattle’s roster in a recent radio interview:

“I’m all for it. If they feel like [they're] gonna bring somebody in and he can help us, I’m all for it. I have no problem with it whatsoever. You know, it’s the NFL. [They're] gonna bring guys in and if they feel like T.O. can help us, bring him in. I’m sure he can help us.”

But isn’t Housh a little concerned about Owens’ declining production? Apparently not:

“He played well last year. You know, it was probably one of his worst statistical seasons, but you gotta look at all the elements and the reasons why.”

I’ll be the first to admit: I didn’t watch one Buffalo Bills game last season and never saw much of Terrell Owens on the field. But a total of 55 catches for 829 yards and 5 touchdowns is a mere shadow of Owens’ production during his prime. Statistically, he had a better season with Philadelphia in 2005 when he only played in 7 games due to injury.

But Houshmandzadeh is right; statistics don’t paint the entire picture. Football is a complex game, and statistics are usually a poor way to measure contributions made by an individual player.

Isaiah Stanback, recently claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks, played with Terrell Owens during his time in Dallas. Stanback, like Houshmandzadeh, seems to be a proponent for bringing Owens to Seattle:

“The experience I had with him in Dallas was great. He was a great guy, he was a great teammate. All Terrell wants to do is win. Nobody is going to outwork him. He’s going to come in, he’s going to be in shape, he is going to work hard. All he wants to do is practice hard. He wants to get W’s. That’s what his passion is, and I know sometimes they show snippets, at least when I was in Dallas, of him yelling, you know, or whatever, but that was just him trying to hold everyone to the highest standard. It wasn’t him trying to down-talk anybody. He is a great guy.”

Is Isaiah concerned about Owens’ age or a decline in ability?

“If there is anybody who can play at thirty-six, it is that man right there. He got a lot of football left in him.”

You’ve probably already developed your opinions about Terrell Owens. And the rumors about him coming to Seattle are probably just that. But after hear vocal support from players currently on Seattle’s roster, are you at least slightly convinced that Owens wouldn’t be such a bad acquisition after all?

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  • WJ

    I am a supporter of T.O. On the field he is just a monster…maybe he is up there in age but in Seattle he could easily take the number one spot… And hasnt had any really problems off the field unlike some other guys…

    Mr. Carroll…at the very least invite him to Practice…I mean you gave Mike Williams and Reggie Williams a 2nd chance…T.O. deserves it…

  • chance

    terrell owens sucks bring in anyone but him he will tear the team apart in 2 weeks

  • Taylor

    Didn’t we just release LenDale White for not being a team player? And now we would actually consider arguably the most notoriously selfish player in the league today? Give me a break. I’d hope Carroll is smarter than that.

  • William

    who said terrel owens isnt a team player please what beacuse of a fallout with super 5? or dallas when romo was a horrible qb and didnt see him yeah some people find that to be a annoyance but you know what i put money on the table that any true athlete will call that passion passion to win passion not wanting to fail and when it happens its beyond just frustrating its is down right agonizing and you call him a cancer or spliting up the team how does wanting to win wanting to compete and pushing you and your teamates is cansor its unbelievable to see you “die hard” fans stiffing your nose at the attempt to make our team better you know what when the team is winning games everyones happy thats the chemistry and i honestly think you people dont know what its like or your the ones who were actualy push to be better but couldnt handle it btw name one big blow out T.O had last year with THE WORST offence in the nfl with 7 different line menuvers and a horrible qb and still put up number you fans have no idea what your saying at all anything that can help our team out you should welcome it and not show disreguard to the options thats why they are getting paid to pick out people and not you

  • chance

    Lets compare drops to catches for TO they are probably pretty equal half of the time he will drop the ball. He just needs to go get his bowl of popcorn ready and watch the nfl in front of his big screen