T.O’s return won’t be forced by Buffalo

Posted on January 29, 2010 by Patrick Moran

The chances of Terrell Owens returning to the Buffalo Bills in 2010 are slim.  The aging receiver had one of the worst years of his career in terms of production and though he behaved nobly during his one-year tenure, it’s not exactly government science that he’s expected to sign elsewhere come March.

By league rule there’s always the option of placing the franchise or transition tag on him, making it a near-lock he’d be back in the Bills’ fold.  But we’re going to go on a limb and predict that’s not happening.

Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger published Friday the price tags that will accompany franchise and transition players.  Owens would cost Buffalo $9.521 million if franchised or $8.651 million to transition.

Neither is happening.

If Owens decides he wants to return to the Bills it will definitely be on his own accord.  Given that he’s in the twilight of his career and the Bills don’t currently employ a reliable quarterback, a competent offensive line or a realistic chance of turning the program around in one year, the chances of it happening are miniscule.

Assuming Buffalo is no longer on his return agenda, warmer climates like Miami or a return to San Francisco could be on the plate.

Owens had 55 receptions for 829 yards and five touchdowns last year and it’s questionable at best if James Hardy or Steve Johnson could match his production, even in a down year for Owens.  If the Bills lose him they’re likely to make a move in free agency for a replacement, as they already have numerous holes hoping to get filled in the April NFL draft.

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