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Owens deal gets nation talking about Bills

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The usually overlooked Buffalo Bills made national headlines Saturday, when they unexpectedly signed future Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens to a one-year, $6.5 million contract.

Here's a sampling of the reactions:

  • Buffalo News columnist Jerry Sullivan asks, "What do [the Bills] have to lose? Tranquility and calm in the locker room, among a bunch of nice guys who haven't won a damn thing?"

  • NFL.com senior columnist Vic Carucci starts out by sharing, "Most of me believes emphatically that this is a horrible idea," but thinks it could work.

  • CBSSports.com columnist Clark Judge says Owens and the Bills "are the ideal fit: Owens is as bad for the Bills as the Bills are for Owens."

  • Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com says the Bills are "the wise ones" to take a discounted chance on a future Hall of Famer.

  • Yahoo! Sports columnist Jason Cole thinks this "scenario provides a way in which Owens can be successful."

  • Sporting News columnist Clifton Brown feels for quarterback Trent Edwards: "Dealing with Owens' personality will be a major challenge for a 25-year-old who has 23 NFL starts."

  • Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News writes Owens is "a good fit for what the team needs most."

  • Pro Football Weekly's Matt Sohn writes "everything about this signing reeks of desperation."

  • Andrew Das on the New York Times' blog "The Fifth Down" writes "if the Bills would just stop quitting in the middle of the season, they would have a chance to make a playoff run."