That’s why at the surface level, the recent signing of the troubled wideout seems to make sense — at least more than it would for any other team. Fans should also consider the fact that head coach Pete Carroll tends to play a little bit of roulette when it comes to new acquisitions. Take for example Mike Williams, the former USC star that Carroll coached during the peak of his collegiate career.
Marshawn Lynch, who had an incredible season in 2011 is another player Carroll took a chance on while his stock was low. That move paid big dividends as Lynch proved to be one of the league’s most effective rushers in 2011.
The Seahawks inked Owens to a one-year deal worth $925,000, so the signing isn’t necessarily a risky move, but it does speak volumes as to the state of the Seahawks’ receivers.
In 2011, the group was led by rookie Doug Baldwin, who had a pedestrian 51 receptions for 788 yards and four touchdowns over 16 games. Those numbers don’t bode well for a No. 1 receiver, and demonstrate how much the Seahawks could use the talents of a player that even resembles the one Owens once was.
It’s not unlike the San Francisco 49ers’ signing of Randy Moss. If Owens fails, then the Seahawks don’t lose anything in terms of an investment. But if the former perennial Pro-Bowler and game changing playmaker can be anything close to what he was before tearing ligaments in his knee in 2010, then Seattle will reap substantial benefits on offense.
According to reports from ESPN’s Ed Werder, Owens showed vintage speed, running a 4.45 40-yard dash at his workout with the Seahawks that led to the signing. If that’s any indication of what he can become, then he will only help a team that can use a talent upgrade at the position.
When he last suited up, Owens was able to amass a respectable 72 catches for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. Despite the drama he brings, that kind of production is worth taking a gamble on, even if it is a longshot.
Michael C. Jones is the Editor of Sports Out West. You can follow him on Twitter for more insight.
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