PHILADELPHIA - Here's some smoke. We'll see if there's some fire. Hours after our good friend Mike Florio relayed the newsthat there's a team "very interested" in signing Terrell Owens, Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus is on the Patriots sideline as New England gets ready for the Eagles. The report, which originated with ESPN's Adam Schefter, said that Rosenhaus wouldn't name the team because of the sensitive nature of the discussions. As Florio noted, "merely flirting with T.O. will create nearly the same distractions as signing him. So the team would be wise to make a final decision before making it known that theres even a mild interest."Could it be the Patriots? Well, New England has an outstanding relationship with Rosenhaus. They also have a need for an outside receiver at this point since Chad Ochocinco (another Rosenhaus client) hasbeen a brutal flop. The Patriots' offense has become increasingly stagnant in recent weeks and absolutely needs an infusion of explosiveness. There's mountains of evidence showing Bill Belichick will take a chance if it helps his team on the field. But that's where the argument against T.O. begins. Albert Haynesworth didn't change his spots here and bombed. Ocho is in the process of doing the same thing. Owens is no genius route-runner and his hands are ordinary to bad. Why not just go after Randy Moss if T.O. is on the radar. Signing T.O. is fraught with danger. But for a Patriots team that is solid record-wise but isn't nearly as potent as their statistics indicate, doing nothing may be just as dangerous. Whether Rosenhaus is here representing T.O.'s interests or merely in Philly to touch base with the numerous clients he has on either team isn't known. But we may soon find out.
Mike Florio joins Quick Slants to give his takeaways from the 2016 NFL draft, including the Laremy Tunsil saga.
Kay Adams gives her slant on how the New England Patriots have shown that they do not value running backs in the draft, and what that says about their confidence in their backfield heading into the season.
Tom E. Curran explains why New England Patriots fans should stop criticizing Robert Kraft for not supporting his team.