Buccaneers: Hall of Fame receiver offers to help in playoffs

Terrell Owens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Terrell Owens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers are now without their WR2 and WR3 in the playoffs after the Antonio Brown debacle, and they can’t afford to turn any help away.

“Tom Brady always has the easy path in the playoffs” so goes the faulty narrative. Well, the path in the playoffs won’t be very easy this season for the defending champion Buccaneers with so many injuries and strange occurrences, and Brady will have a chance to show why this is wrong again.

Going into the final week of the season, Tampa could be without both of their starting pass rushers, two of their top receivers, their four running backs from the start of the season, and that is just what we know about now.

The injury bug has been a monster this season, and the Antonio Brown departure won’t help either.

While the Bucs may want to lean on their depth down the stretch, some believe Tampa needs to get creative in free agency to bring the team back to full strength, or at least get as close as possible. Who better to replace a Hall of Fame talent with than a player that is already in the group?

Obviously a joke, Terrell Owens jumped on Twitter as the Brown story was developing to signify that he believed he could help Tampa in the playoffs. Impossible to be sure, but let’s not pretend that Owens wouldn’t be an upgrade over some of the deeper depth players at the position this season, even at 48.

This situation is also somewhat ironic, as it would signify replacing Brown, who is widely regarded as a diva, for Owens, who wore a similar moniker during his playing days, but no one would ever put them in the same category today.

The move would certainly sell jerseys and seats, and the thought of replacing one 81 for another is funny, but the Buccaneers are going to need their own players to step up if they want a shot at winning the Super Bowl, and there isn’t a new, mythical Hall of Fame figure that is going to do it for them.

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