I am getting a lot of comments on Twitter and on the CSN Washington Facebook page about the possibility of the Redskins signing free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens. There were some before the Carolina game and now, with Santana Moss out for five to seven weeks with a broken hand and Owens’ workout scheduled for today, the T. O. queries are way up.
With the caveat that you should never say never, here are a few reasons why that the Redskins will not sign Owens:
--The Redskins are not sending anyone to Owens’ workout today. When asked yesterday if anyone from the organization was going Mike Shanahan said, “Not that I know of.” If the Redskins were sending anyone, Shanahan would know.
--When Owens was a free agent last year Shanahan, who never comments on whether or not the team is pursuing a specific player, made an exception and ruled out signing Owens. And remember that the Redskins were much worse off at receiver a year ago as Roydell Williams had a roster spot the entire year and Joey Galloway had one for a while, too.
--The Redskins drafted three receivers last April and they also have second-year receiver Terrence Austin. It would be the height of insanity for a team that is trying to build for the future to give snaps to and throw passes to a wide receiver who is going to be 38 in December.
Here is what Shanahan said about Niles Paul a couple of weeks ago:
“He’s going to be an excellent football player for a lot of years…He’s a football player. You can see it on special teams and watching him every day in practice. He’s going to get better and better as time goes on. You guys will be talking about him for a while.”
And here is what he said on Monday about Leonard Hankerson:
Hankerson has been making some unbelievable plays in practice. We put him out there to get an opportunity.
It certainly doesn’t seem to me that the Redskins are anxious to bring in an aging high-maintenance diva to play wide receiver.