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Posted Mar. 07 at 07:09 AM
According to multiple media reports, the Buffalo Bills have signed Terrell Owens to a one-year deal, and will be having a press conference to announce the signing Saturday evening.
The Bills hadn't been discussed as a likely landing spot for Owens, although their interest in him probably shouldn't be surprising -- they'd previously looked at veteran wideouts including Laveranues Coles and Joey Galloway. Clearly Buffalo hoped to add a veteran receiver to complement and help draw coverage away from Lee Evans. Few figured, of course, it would be the mercurial Owens.
But the main reason Owens to Buffalo seemed unlikely was from Owens' standpoint; nothing about the Bills suggests "Super Bowl contender," so most figured Owens would aim higher if possible. Beggars can't be choosers, however, and it's been clear over the past few days that Owens wasn't going to have very many suitors -- which explains his quick signing with Buffalo. The other teams speculatively linked with Owens (Oakland, Denver) aren't any closer to the Super Bowl than Buffalo, although they do at least play in a softer division than the AFC East.
From a fantasy standpoint, this looks like good news for Trent Edwards and Lee Evans, at least until Owens starts grousing about not getting the ball enough, anyway. Good news for the running game, too, which might find more openings in a defense if Owens is on his game. For Owens himself, it's not exactly a high-powered offense he's going to, although it's fair to say he hasn't had a wide receiver the caliber of Evans lining up on the other side of the field from him for a number of years.
The story from ESPN's John Clayton can be seen right here.
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