When Terrell Owens came to Cincinnati, he had just come off the worst non-injured season of his NFL career, dipping below 60 receptions and failing to record a 1,000-yard season since 2000. While he spent most of the offseason looking for work, having few visits and even fewer offers, the Bengals were suddenly pressed into a need for a veteran wide receiver with the embarrassment with Antonio Bryant.
No one expected much from Owens this year. He was going to be a big target for Carson Palmer, who was hoping to revamp the passing offense.
Instead, Owens has absolutely exploded this season, on pace to record nearly 95 receptions, 1,329 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns.
Despite having only three receptions for 17 yards in the Thanksgiving night loss to the Jets, which tied a season low for catches and was a season worst for yards, Owens remains second in the AFC in receptions (65) and yards (914). For his career against the Saints he has 61 receptions for 994 yards and 12 touchdowns (tied for most against any opponent). Most of those games were when he was with San Francisco and faced New Orleans twice a year when both were in the NFC West.
Would Owens think about returning to the Bengals next season with his one-year contract expiring after the season?
“Of course. Like I said, when the opportunity presents itself and everything works out. I don’t know what’s going to happen after this year. I think a lot of rumors are swirling out there about everything, coaching staff and I don’t know. I let all that stuff kind of play itself out. My agent and I will get together after the season and see how it goes.”
"If you factor in what I've done this year, and obviously with more time and us getting to know each other," Owens said, "you can only imagine what would happen with this year under our belt."
What do you think CJ Nation? Would you welcome Owens back? Or would you rather see 2011 be a rebuilding year with an overall movement towards youth?