The rumor in recent days and weeks is that the Seahawks are making a play for Denver Broncos’ wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
A restricted free agent, Marshall would cost Seattle a first-round draft pick if signed by the team. It’s entirely possible that the Hawks and Broncos could work out another arrangement whereby Pete Carroll and Co. weren’t forced to relinquish the sixth or 14th pick in the 2010 Draft, but that hypothetical still remains only a distant possibility.
Considering that the Seahawks are desperate enough for wideout help to mull over the loss of a first-round pick, we can reasonably sum up the situation as dire.
Having lost de facto No. 1 receiver Nate Burleson to the Detroit Lions (where he signed a five-year, $25 million contract as an unrestricted free agent), the Hawks are down to a hodgepodge of pass-catching talent.
At least we hope so. The Buffalo Bills quarterback said he was “excited” to play pitch-and-catch with new receiver Terrell Owens, and why shouldn’t he be? Last year he was tossing balls to the inconsistent Lee Evans, among others, which means throwing to a producer like T.O. should be an absolute dream come true.
Terrell Owens has been released by the Dallas Cowboys, and it’s all Jason Witten’s fault. Witten is the bastard that got in Tony Romo’s ear and convinced him that T.O. was evil. Romo, in turn, took a once-united locker room and divided it by skin color, white and black, anti-Owens and pro-Owens.
The whites wanted T.O. gone. They were sick of his honesty, sick of his big mouth. The blacks wanted T.O. to stay. They appreciated his candor, appreciated his forward approach with teammates. Ultimately, the whites won out, and T.O. headed off into the Dallas sunset with his release.
I hope Romo and Witten are happy. They just lost out on one of the league’s premier receivers because they squabbled like schoolgirls. Owens isn’t perfect, I get that. But Tony Romo and Jason Witten are far from innocent in all this as well. Good luck to them piecing together their 8-8 season next year.
*Side note: The Seahawks should bring in T.O., then draft Michael Crabtree. Along with Housh, Deion Branch, Nate Burleson, and a retained Bobby Engram, the Hawks can run unprecedented six-wide sets. Yes.
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