In response to the apparent plan of Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith to prepare for life without left tackle Marcus McNeill and receiver Vincent Jackson, we opted to look into the question of whether the Chargers will augment their acquisition of veteran left tackle Tra Thomas with the pursuit of a certain big-name veteran wideout who once played on the same team as Thomas.
Per a league source, there’s currently no communication between San Diego and the Owens’ camp.
Of course, that could change. And it should change if the Chargers are serious about moving on without Jackson.
We’ve been critical of Owens when he has deserved it. But we also will praise him when justified, too. Regardless of whether he was motivated by a desire to not give the media more ammo for criticizing him, T.O. behaved in 2009 with the Bills. And given that he’s sensitive to the perception that he’s a pain in the butt, which could eventually slow down his bid for Cantonization, he likely will behave in 2010.
So if the Chargers are serious about replacing Jackson, they should be chasing Owens.
Unless, of course, it’s all bluster and bravado from Smith, who never smiles. Apparently because it’s a submission signal in primates.