So you've just been hired as the general manager of an NFL team. Congratulations to you and hopefully you're more successful than the last guy.
You know that your first act as the GM of this team (oh, I forgot to mention that in this scenario the lockout is over) is to find a veteran wide receiver to help your offense move the ball down the field.
You've had your eye on a few guys, but ultimately, you realize that you can't spend a lot of money on a young guy. You want to make a Super Bowl run in 2011 and to do that, you know that all you need is a stopgap wide receiver who can get the job done.
At the same time, the Cincinnati Bengals release Chad Ochocinco and after some careful consideration, you narrow your choice down to two former Bengals receivers: Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. Both have shown interest in playing for your team and you know that you could really use one of the two.
The question is this: which one are you going to choose?
Ochocinco has been with one team, the Bengals, for his entire career. He's entering his 11th year in the NFL and in that time he's played in 151 games, caught 751 passes for 10,783 yards, averaging 71.4 yards per game and 66 touchdowns. He's only fumbled seven times in his career.
Ochocinco's production has declined recently. He's only had one 1,000-yard receiving year in the past three after having six in a row. Many believe that his lack of production stems from his off-field hobbies like his reality TV shows, Twitter and bull riding. Many accused him of running the wrong routes and not being where he was supposed to be, causing his quarterback, Carson Palmer, to throw interceptions.
Even at 37 years old, TO has proven that he can be productive. In 2010, he played in 14 games and caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. His career is worthy of the Hall of Fame. In 15 seasons, he's caught 1,078 passes for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns. He can be used as a deep threat.
TO has played for five teams and he's caused some sort of controversy in the locker rooms of three of those five teams. He has always had a problem with dropping passes and will attempt to avoid contact across the middle. He may not be the greatest role model for a young wide receiver to look up to. And, of course, he's 37.
So, who's it going to be?