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My Take on the T.O. Signing

6 Aug

Well, it’s official 12th Man. Whether you like it or not Terrell Owens is the newest member of the Seattle Seahawks. Owens signed a one-year, $925,000 contract this evening and will join the team at practice tomorrow morning. I have heard every single angle and opinion tonight ranging from television personalities, friends, and family members. I offer you now my thoughts and opinions on the signing of Terrell Owens.

THE GOOD: It is a one-year contract and Owens will be making the ten-year veteran minimum salary. According to multiple sources Owens ran a sub 4.5 40-yard-dash at his tryout this morning which impressed Seahawks brass. It is hard for me to believe a 38-year-old has been able to stay in as good of shape as Owens is and is as quick as he is. The Seahawks are in need of veteran wide receiver depth and if Owens impresses in the next couple weeks, we could be looking at a wide receiver lineup consisting of Sidney Rice and Terrell Owens on the outside, and Doug Baldwin in the slot. I would consider it a success if Owens can catch 40 balls for at least 400 yards and a minimum of 3 touchdowns.

THE BAD: Let me start with the obvious. The man has consistently proven to be a cancer. He flamed out in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Dallas all in spectacular fashion. Like I stated in my post last night, Owens is an egomaniac with the capabilities of ripping this team’s chemistry apart if things do not go his way. It is uncertain if there are any incentives written into his contract but imagine the following scenario. Owens can make an extra $500,000 if he catches 50 or more passes. What if through the first three or four games of the season Owens only has 10 catches and is whining about not getting the ball thrown his way, and maybe is even lobbying for a quarterback change? I know the Seahawks can cut him at any time and if this scenario plays out cutting Owens would be the most likely and reasonable option, but you are setting up a situation where this close-knit family is being ripped apart.

Owens made an appearance on Dr. Phil earlier this year where it was made public that Owens was broke, consistently failed to pay child support, and neglected spending time with his daughters. At this point in T.O.’s career and life I would expect he will take this money, shut up, and play football. He knows what could be at stake if he causes friction in the Seahawks locker room and with these personal struggles he would be wise to take the money and let his performance on the field speak for itself. Personally, I like the signing. Like I summed it up in a tweet to KJR’s Mitch Levy tonight, the best case scenario is T.O. will catch the passes thrown his way, score a few touchdowns, and keep his mouth shut. The worst case is we cut him. It’s simple as that. The Seahawks and Coach Carroll are taking a moderately sized gamble here. As I look into my crystal ball I do not see a T.O. flame out like in Philadelphia or Dallas but I will continue to be cautiously optimistic.

Having explained my stance on the Terrell Owens signing there is only one more thing to say. Get your popcorn ready, 12th Man.

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Camp Notes 8/5: Scrimmage, Tez’s Number, And a Possible T.O. Sighting

5 Aug

Unfortunately, the Seahawks did not post the first half of today’s scrimmage on their website (or at least they hadn’t at 10:30 tonight) so unfortunately I did not get to see anything. What I can relay to you is some brief notes written on the Seahawks website about today’s full-squad scrimmage. Each quarterback got five drives and Tarvaris Jackson got the reps with the first team. The play of the day went to Marshawn Lynch who broke free for a 70-yard touchdown. According to KJR, rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane was ejected from practice by Coach Carroll for punching wide receiver Golden Tate during a scuffle.

Cortez Kennedy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last night, and to be honest I teared up a little during parts of his speech. Tez was a great storyteller last night and made sure he told at least a couple anecdotes from his time growing up in Arkansas, to his time at the University of Miami, to his time with the Seahawks. He joked during in his speech that he was disappointed that Walter Jones had his number retired by the Seahawks before him but at least he could say he beat Walter to Canton. According to Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com however, Tez may not have to wait long to have his #96 retired. According to Farnsworth, the Seahawks are planning to honor Kennedy by raiding his #96 to the rafters sometime during the 2012 season. I hope the Seahawks retire Tez’s number at halftime of the Seahawks home opener against Dallas. In 2010 when Jones had his number retired, I figured (and hoped) it would come in the season opener against San Francisco with a long ceremony. That was not the case as Walter had to resort to a brief 5-minute ceremony at the 2-minute warning of the Carolina game.  The 12th Man was not pleased with the rushed ceremony, as Big Walt deserved way better and they eventually invited him back to raise the 12th Man flag at the Wild-Card playoff game against New Orleans.  Two years later, the Seahawks have a chance to redeem themselves by having a well-planned, longer jersey retirement ceremony for Cortez Kennedy and I hope they are successful in making the 12th Man happy.

It was confirmed by Dave “Softy” Mahler of KJR tonight that Terrell Owens is en route to Seattle for a tryout with the Seahawks tomorrow. Let me be very clear. I DO NOT WANT TERRELL OWENS ON THIS FOOTBALL TEAM. Bringing T.O. in and giving him a workout or even signing him to a contract goes against everything we are trying to do. I believe we are firmly set at wide receiver and we do not need a cancerous egomaniac like Owens in this locker room. If Coach Carroll and John Schneider are smart, they will not offer a contract to this guy. I know one player will most likely not break this team but if there is such a person, don’t you think it is Terrell Owens? Just saying….

Tomorrow the players have an off day. I will follow-up on T.O.’s tryout with the Seahawks tomorrow. 6 days until the Tennessee preseason game everybody. Time to start getting excited!

Seahawks Uniforms Follow-Up

17 Feb

Yesterday I blogged about the possibility of the Seahawks new uniforms being released next week. Today I confirmed through Dave “Softy” Mahler of Sports Radio KJR that the Seahawks will unveil our new uniforms in early April. This information comes from a chat between Softy and Seahawks president Peter McLoughlin. I will continue to follow this story should any new details surface over the next few weeks.