Unless you’re an outstanding Raider fan or are paid to cover the team, you probably don’t know who Chaz Schilens is. Schilens was a rookie receiver in 2008 who caught 15 passes for 226 yards and 2 TD’s for the Raiders. His number: 81.
The reason I bring him up is Terrell Owens was released tonight by the Dallas Cowboys according to ESPN. Let’s face it,Ã‚Â Schilens is going to have to find a new number because T.O. is coming to Oakland. I don’t need to hear any rumors, I don’t need to hear that Al Davis and Drew Rosenhaus shared a couple Ensure shakes and some rice pudding, I already know he’ll be a Raider.
Where else could he go? I heard Tony Bruno talking about the Eagles tonight on my way home from covering a high school girls basketball game (yes, the BASG’s life is ultra-glamorous), but that’s because he’s an Eagles fan and knows he has a disproportionate number of Philly fans listening to his show.
As soon as the Eagles called T.O., Donovan McNabb would walk out the door. Same for any other established quarterback with any power at all. Every single quarterback in T.O.’s path has been trashed publicly by this fading megalomaniac receiver who’s about to have his own reality show.
Owens is a big name, he’ll put the Raiders in the news cycle and he’s a reclamation project. Not only that, but JaMarcus Russell has absolutely no say in what happens in Alameda. We all know it’s Al’s team, and that Al isn’t going anywhere. Signing T.O. is a move that’s so Al Davis it should be trademarked.
One would think Davis would be scared off of past-their-prime wideouts who also happen to be insane after the Javon Walker disaster. But if there’s one thing we know about Al, he’s one stubborn old Gollum. Davis said he wants to throw deep at the recent press conference announcing the permanent hiring of Tom Cable, and since Al hasn’t watched football since 2002 he undoubtedly believes Owens is the type of guy to make that high-flying offensive attack he so craves a reality.
Of course the only thing having to do with “reality” will be T.O.’s reality show once he secures his last job dropping passes in the NFL, and even that will only be reality-based. Sort of like (self-promotion alert) when he went on Cheaters last season to catch Tony Romo canoodling with Jason Witten.