|Carroll took a chance on T.O. up after a recomendation from Palmer. (US Presswire/AP)|
When the Seahawks decided to add Terrell Owens, it was a bit of a surprise, if only because Owens' last stint in football with the Allen Wranglers flopped so badly. But Seattle was desperate for wideout help, and signed T.O. to a low-risk deal.
It probably didn't hurt that Seattle coach Pete Carroll got a recommendation from
"Coach had reached out to me a couple times. Just knowing Coach's style and the way he goes about teaching and leading his team, just thought that T.O. would be a great fit," Palmer said on Tuesday, via the San Jose Mercury-News. "I had the opportunity to play with T.O. and really enjoyed playing with him. It was a great relationship and we continued to work out afterwards. Didn't have anything negative to say about T.O. It was a great relationship when I was there.
"And I just let Coach know that I thought he would fit in really well with his style and I think they'll have a lot of success together."
Palmer also said that Owens was "looking for work everywhere," but that's not breaking news. There has been plenty of criticism about the Owens signing in Seattle, and much of it with good reason. T.O. has been a disaster in many (most?) places he has landed, and Seattle's walking a fine line by signing him.
But he has also been very productive in many stops and posted good numbers as recently as 2010. Additionally, Owens had a productive season on a bad team when he played for the Bills in 2009 on a one-year deal, and he wasn't the off-field pain in the butt that he's usually stereotyped as.
That's not to say that things will work out splendidly with Owens and the Seahawks. It could absolutely crash and burn. But given the dearth of wide-receiver talent on Seattle's roster, it's hard to fault them for rolling the dice on Owens, particularly if his most recent quarterback, Palmer, was willing to give such a glowing recommendation.
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