June 30, 201149ERS NEWS 49ERS VIDEONFL PAGEReuben Frank
Is there room for a bust of Terrell Owens in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Is there room in the Halls second-floor Gallery next to Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin and Bobby Hayes for one of the most talented and most confounding players in recent NFL history?
Is T.O. a Hall of Famer?
With Owens recent knee surgery jeopardizing his 2011 season and perhaps ending his career after 15 seasons, this is a good time to explore that fascinating question.
After 15 NFL seasons, Owens has 1,078 catches for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns. He ranks fifth in NFL history in receptions, second in yards and second in touchdowns. He trails only Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison, Cris Carter and Tim Brown in receptions and only the incomprable Rice in yards and TD catches.
But with Owens, its about much more than the numbers. It always is. His attitude issues, his constant feuds with coaches and quarterbacks, his disappointing playoff production and his late-career instability thats seen him play for four teams in the last six years wont help his chances.
Neither will the fact that the panel that decides whos a Hall of Famer and whos not is made up of a group that in general cant stand Owens. Sports writers.
If Owens doesnt play again, hed be eligible for consideration for the 2016 enshrinement class.
Will he go in? Good question.
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PHOENIX – The 49ers had a recent visit with Tampa Bay free-agent defensive end Jacquies Smith, general manager John Lynch confirmed on Sunday.
Smith, 27, sustained a torn right ACL in the Buccaneers’ season opener in September while running down the field on punt coverage against the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers gave Smith a physical during his visit to Santa Clara. The club has yet to make a contract offer, Lynch said.
"We wanted to get him checked out medically, and we’ll see," Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings.
Smith (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) recorded 6.5 sacks in 2014 and seven sacks in 2015 for the Buccaneers.
After going undrafted in 2012 out of Missouri, Smith signed with Miami. He spent time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before landing on the New York Jets’ practice squad. Smith worked his way into the Buccaneers’ defensive-line rotation in ’14 after being claimed off waivers from the Buffalo Bills.
The Buccaneers gave Smith the low tender of $1.797 million as a restricted free agent. Any team can sign Smith to an offer sheet. Tampa Bay would have the right of first refusal but would get no compensation if the team chooses not to match the contract.
With 71 players under contract, the 49ers have $74.5 million in cap space, according to the NFL Players Association.
Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88.
Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.
A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.
Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.
Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014.
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