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March 4, 2009
T.O.tally out of the quesT.iO.n?

Admit it. You're thinking about it, mulling the possibility over in your mind. But before you even ask, the answer is no. Terrell Owens would be an awful fit for the 49ers. Yes, they need a No. 1 receiver and yes, Mike Singletary certainly has the guts and the gravitas to stand up to a prima donna. But that's far outweighed by the 49ers relatively youthful locker room, its inexperience at quarterback and its new devotion to the running game. Owens complained mightily that he didn't get the ball enough in the Cowboys' wide-open offense. How would he react in a run-first offense? Singletary is trying to make the 49ers into a family. Adding the biggest me-first player in the game would dismantle everything the 49ers are trying to build. So why are you still thinking about it?

Ok, you're right. The 49ers could stand to add a veteran receiver, especially if Isaac Bruce decides he doesn't want to be a 49er next year. A better option than Owens might be another St. Louis Ram, Torry Holt, who today asked St. Louis to release him. Holt is three years younger than Owens, he hasn't missed more than two games since 2002 and you have to believe he'd love to play against his soon-to-be former team twice a season. Feel better now?

*UPDATE* I know Scot McCloughan said on KNBR this morning that the 49ers don't close the door on any player, including Owens. However, the team is privately saying that the door is, in fact, closed. With a padlock. And a "keep out" sign. Who else has Michael Vick deja vu?

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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