Somebody's going to bring it up. It's eventual, yet sad.
But no, the Carolina Panthers do not need Terrell Owens. Frankly, I can't think of a team that does.
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It's inevitable that someone will sign the guy deemed too dysfunctional to play for the Dallas Cowboys. But that team's going to learn like all the rest of them have. At 35 and high-maintenance, the list will be shorter than in the past, but there will be a list.
The Player, as Bill Parcells used to refer to him, is doubtless one of the most talented, physically imposing receivers to have played the game. But his single-minded adoration of himself has also left three teams in disarray. He seems to have little regard for the wreckage he leaves in his wake, which ought to compensate for the tangible benefits he'd bring on the field.
But someone will give him a chance. Maybe it will be Tampa Bay. Having already traded for Kellen Winslow and in discussions to re-sign Jerramy Stevens, the Bucs have proven they don't care about character. Regardless, someone will.
And just like the 49ers, the Eagles and now the Cowboys, they will eventually come to regret it.
Just say N.O.