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Terrell Owens
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Could Terrell Owens Really Replace Antonio Brown For Buccaneers?

  • Justin Melo
  • January 6, 2022
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The drama between Antonio Brown and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is far from boiling over. On Wednesday night, the disgruntled and dramatic receiver released a damning statement via his lawyers that accused head coach Bruce Arians and the Buccaneers' training staff of mishandling a serious ankle injury. The war of words carried over into Thursday morning, following a tweet storm that saw Brown throw further shade at Arians, Tom Brady and his renowned trainer Alex Guerrero and several others while also, uh, accidentally(?) releasing his personal banking information. The situation between Brown and the Buccaneers has yet to reach its full conclusion, but his tenure as a Buccaneer is officially over. It leaves the Buccaneers in a bind at the receiver position following the unfortunate season-ending injury suffered by fellow star receiver Chris Godwin in a Week 15 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The Buccaneers are now marching toward the postseason with a wounded group of receivers that features little in the way of reliability outside of the always-excellent Mike Evans. The Buccaneers will now be relying upon the likes of Scotty Miller, Breshad Perriman and Tyler Johnson in the passing game. Rob Gronkowski and Leonard Fournette are expected to continue to make a large impact in the offense, but Brady's band of pass-catchers looks thinner than ever before. One unexpected 48-year-old Hall of Famer has come out of the woodwork and offered up his services to the desperate Buccaneers. Six-time Pro Bowl receiver Terrell Owens took to his podcast on Tuesday night while making a bold proclamation. "I could absolutely replace Brown," Owens said. "At the end of the day, I know I can do it." The thought of witnessing Owens return to the league to catch passes from Tom Brady in the middle of a postseason run fills our insides up with joy and butterflies, but context is necessary. This is a *checks notes* 48-year-old receiver (!!) that hasn't stepped on an NFL field in a DECADE. Even then, Owens' last productive season occurred 12 years ago in 2010 as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. As much as we'd love to place our heroes in a time capsule and prevent them from aging, Owens is close to 50 years old and is obviously 15-plus years past his prime. Owens is one of the greatest NFL receivers to ever lace up a pair of cleats. The former Chattanooga standout ranks third all-time in receiving yards (15,934) and touchdowns (153), and eighth all-time in receptions (1,078). The Buccaneers need help at the receiver position, and it's going to be difficult to find it this late in the season. It still doesn't make Owens a realistic target.

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Justin Melo