"I'd definitely love to come to Philly," Owens told Smith Wednesday. "Those guys have gotten to the NFC championship game three years in a row. Absolutely no disrespect to the players they have, but there's something out there they need to get them over the hump. I definitely believe I'm that missing piece."
After that dismal performance by Phildelphia's receivers Sunday in their NFC Championship game loss to the Carolina Panthers, it's obvious the Eagles must do something during the off-season to upgrade the position. Their current group consistently drop passes and run incorrect routes. And not one of them has the ability to gain seperation from an above average defensive back.
Owens would be a perfect fit for the Eagles. He would stretch opposing defenses and might actually give quarterback Donovan McNabb an open receiver to throw to downfield on occassion. Owens would also make it tough for the opposition to bring their safeties up, which would make their ground game more effective and open more running lanes for the nimble McNabb.
The only downfall to this scenario is the fact that the Eagles don't have much history when it comes to opening the check book for free agent receivers. Owens wants to win a championship deperately, and he would seriously consider a lower offer from a contender over a better offer from an also-ran, but he's still not going to come cheap.
If the Eagles' ownership is serious about getting to the next level, now's the time to break with tradition and get McNabb the help he needs to win it all.