With the departures of Wes Welker, Deion Branch and Brandon Lloyd, the Patriots receiving corps has been left severely depleted.
The recent signing of Danny Amendola, who is a friend and former teammate of Owens, has given the Patriots a reliable target to line up in the slot.
But the reality is that Amendola has never caught more than three touchdowns in a single season, and the Patriots need a threat at receiver who is capable of getting into the end zone.
Since parting ways with Randy Moss in 2010, Brady's game has been limited with the absence of a deep threat to take the top off of the defense.
Owens' 153 career touchdown receptions rank him third in NFL history.
And make no mistake about it, Owens can still ball.
You never see guys this old hardly on an NFL roster playing receiver because they usually can't run. But with T.O. running a 4.45 on Monday and one of the clockings was even 4.43, he obviously can still run.
So in practice today, the DBs are fired up. They've been looking forward to this, to go against a name and he was matched against Richard Sherman who is a very good young corner for the Seahawks, and played at near Pro Bowl level last season, and T.O. went out right away and caught a pass off of him.
Considering the fact that the Patriots can sign Owens to a modest one-year contract, they'd be foolish not to consider this.
After losing Welker to Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos, the Patriots need to surround Brady with the weapons he will need to keep up in the AFC—unless, of course, they feel Andre Holmes (two career receptions), Matthew Slater (one career reception), Kamar Aiken (zero career receptions) or Jeremy Ebert (zero career receptions) will fill the void left by Welker, Branch and Lloyd.
Owens has the football I.Q., work ethic and determination to succeed in Bill Belichick's system.
With Brady turning 36 before the start of the regular season, it is time for the Patriots to make the move to give their team the best chance to win now.
Drafting another young receiver is not the solution for winning now.
With his legacy on the line, just imagine what he could do with Brady throwing him the ball in Foxborough.
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