In the NFL version of Desperate Housewives, Terrell Owens has agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal with the Buffalo Bills, according to ESPN. These are two entities that don't really fit, but have come together out of mutual desperation.

First, the Bills. Coach Dick Jauron has a young team, a young quarterback (Trent Edwards) and an impatient fan base. If he thinks Owens is going to lift the Bills into contention in the AFC East, he's not thinking clearly. This is a huge gamble that will determine whether Jauron lasts the 2009 season or not.

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Owens is not the dominant receiver he once was (Eagles, 49ers), and with the Cowboys he dropped way too many passes. If he couldn't hold onto the ball in Dallas (moderate temperatures), what's he going to do in upstate New York, where he won't have a warm game after October?

Clearly, the Bills are gambling that Owens will have the motivation to walk the straight and narrow path. But Owens can only do that when his team is winning and he's the focal point. In Buffalo, the best receiver has been and will continue to be Lee Evans. There's your kerosene.

Mix in the fact the Bills aren't ready to win, that Jauron is a fall guy waiting to happen, and Edwards is not established yet, and you've got an extremely inflammable situation. Owens might be the match that sends the Bills to Toronto.

From Owens' perspective, why the Bills? The answer would seem to be that no other team would have him. That he would leap at an offer from the Bills smacks of desperation. If that was the best team that made an offer, how many made offers? Answer: Probably only one.

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