Well, it looks like the Terrell Owens era is over in Dallas.
The wildly talented and always controversial wide receiver was released by the Cowboys, according to several media outlets.
Owens’ long history of drama obviously has a lot to do with the move — one that leaves the 35-year-old pass catcher searching for a new team.
In January, my colleague Kevin expressed his desire for Owens to don a Bears jersey, saying that this city needs more larger-than-life figures.
There is nothing more yawn-inducing than following a team that goes 9-7 and misses the playoffs (as both the Bears and Cowboys did). Yet, which team was more fascinating? Which team captured more intriguing headlines? Which team’s demise was more fun to watch? If you say the Bears, then you’re a completely biased fan, and should be excluded from any logic-based sports discussion. Clearly it was the Cowboys, whose trio of headline grabbers — Tony Romo, Terrell Owens and Pacman Jones — kept us entertained and made us forget (or not even care) that they missed the playoffs.
Surely the Owens-to-the-Bears banter is going to pop up on your sports talk shows tomorrow, but I wonder what percentage of people will side with Kevin and what percentage would prefer Owens keep his drama and undeniably awesome touchdown celebrations away from Soldier Field.
Owens caught 4.3 passes per game last season, the lowest total of his career. And there’s no getting around the distractions he’ll inevitably bring to the table.
So, is he worth the risk? Do you want to see T.O. in a Bears uniform?