One of the best wide receivers of all-time showcased his skills in front of the Cleveland Browns earlier this offseason.
During the pre-draft process when Cleveland worked out UCLA’s Josh Rosen, a wideout that was running routes was Owens. The soon to be hall of famer discussed how John Dorsey, Hue Jackson, and Todd Haley watched him run.
Rosen ended up being drafted 10th overall by the Arizona Cardinals while Owens will be inducted in Canton, Ohio in August.
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The Owens aspect is just out of pure curiosity. That is all this is. Dorsey would not seriously consider signing a 47 year old who has not played in a game since 2012.
Even if Dorsey did just a portion of what he actually achieved this offseason, signing Owens would not be a logical next decision.
As much as Owens wants to play and would help sell tickets, Cleveland does not need him. He would want a starting gig and that is not going to happen.
One could argue that the third starting wideout slot is up for grabs. Regardless of one’s stance, this is not baseball and Owens is not the player he once was (in a hypothetical signing scenario). Owens is not a name anymore NFL teams are competing to sign and has not been.
Given what he has achieved, apparently being named to the NFL Hall of Fame is not good enough. Owens may not like that but it is reality.
If this was eight or more years ago, I would want Cleveland to sign him. Even with all the baggage he comes with, having the opportunity to sign a talent like Owens does not come around everyday.
While Owens is not in the plans for Cleveland, perhaps something else could be done at wide receiver. There is depth but there are questions too. Signing him would be very interesting to say the least though.
What are the Browns going to do with Corey Coleman? Are they envisioning adding another veteran when roster cuts are made closer to the regular season?
Those are just a couple but whatever Cleveland does with the position, it will be in a state of transition. The good news is that the state of transition is a positive one with players that can actually still play.