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    AFC North News: Bengals discuss Terrell Owens deal; Rams out

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    Bengals discuss deal with Owens
    ESPN.com news services
    Updated: July 26, 2010, 6:09 PM ET

    CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown is trying to produce his own reality show.

    Terrell Owens. Chad Ochocinco. Together in Cincinnati.

    Brown said on Monday that the team has discussed a contract with Owens and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The Bengals passed on the chance to sign the 36-year-old receiver after a tryout in March, but have given it more thought now that he remains a free agent.

    Sources had told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that the St. Louis Rams also were interested in signing Owens, however the team decided Monday against adding Owens, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

    If Owens accepts the offer, the Bengals would lead the league in reality show stars. Receiver Chad Ochocinco appeared on "Dancing With the Stars" in the offseason, and has a dating show called "Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch" currently playing on VH1. Right after Ochocinco's show comes "The T.O. Show."

    While Ochocinco eliminated two contestants in his recent show, Owens donned a metrosexual look for a fashion show -- bare chest under an open jacket and a wig.

    What they'd do together in a locker room would get some attention, too.

    Brown noted that Owens caught the winning 57-yard touchdown pass in Dallas' 31-22 victory over the Bengals in 2008.

    "I think that I would rather have him line up on our side of the ball than the other side of the ball," Brown said, at the team's annual preseason luncheon. "I can remember playing Dallas a few years ago when he caught a pass across the middle that won the game for them.

    "So I've seen him do it. I've seen him do it against us. I'd like him to be here and do that against somebody else."

    So would Ochocinco, who is a close friend and lobbied unsuccessfully for the Bengals to sign Owens in March. Instead, they chose receiver Antonio Bryant and gave him a four-year deal.

    One change since then: Cincinnati's quarterback has joined the lobbying effort. Carson Palmer has been working out with Owens in California, and excitedly called coach Marvin Lewis about making a run to sign the receiver.

    "Carson was really impressed with a lot of the things that Terrell was doing," Lewis said. "Carson's comments to me -- I guess the word is they resonate well."

    Ochocinco has resumed his Twitter lobbying to sign Owens. Last March, he dubbed the two of them Batman (Owens) and Robin. He thinks Palmer, who wears No. 9, has more sway with the front office.

    "im out of the loop now, i expressed my beliefs on why he should be here and that's all i can do, [No.]9 has the real power," Ochocinco tweeted.

    The final say rests with Brown, who has a history of giving chances to players with trouble in their past. He repeatedly brought back receiver Chris Henry, who was arrested five times and died last year in a fall of his fiancee's truck.

    In the last two years, the Bengals also have signed running back Cedric Benson, running back Larry Johnson and receiver Matt Jones, all of whom were let go by teams because of off-field issues.

    In an interview with The Associated Press earlier this month, Owens pointed out that he was on good behavior last season in Buffalo, where he caught 55 passes for 829 yards and five touchdowns -- his least-productive full season since early in his career with San Francisco.

    "Yes, people can make mistakes," Brown said. "It doesn't mean that they go on the rest of their lives making mistakes. They can get their ship pointed in the right direction. This is a 36-year-old man. He's been through a lot. He's proven as a player and as a person."

    Brown formed his opinion about Owens during a one-on-one meeting last March in conjunction with his tryout.

    "When he was here, I was surprised," Brown said. "I met with him personally and privately. He is not at all the way his public image is depicted. He's a pleasant person, a quiet person. I found him engaging. And I do trust my own eyes on this sort of thing. I think that if he chose to come here, that he could help our team, and we'll see how that plays out. It's going to be his decision."

    If he chooses Cincinnati, he could be paired on the outside with Ochocinco. Lewis said Bryant could move into an inside slot position.

    Lewis had to defend against Owens throughout his career.

    "So I've been there, I've seen that," Lewis said. "You think he's on reality TV now? Being on that sideline watching him do it is real reality TV. So he's an effective player and you like what he brings. You like what people say about him who have had him on their football team to the positive, and we've just got to make sure none of the negative creeps in anymore. He's been a couple of years beyond that."

    Rosenhaus didn't return a message on Monday. He also represents Ochocinco, who is entering the final season on his contract with the Bengals. The team has an option for an additional season in 2011.

    Information from ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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    Re: AFC North News: Bengals discuss Terrell Owens deal; Rams out

    good, TO can be the Trojan Horse that implodes the Bungals...



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    Re: AFC North News: Bengals discuss Terrell Owens deal; Rams out

    Everyone here in Cincy seems to be "creaming their pants"... It's one of the top stories on the local news, polls being taken by the media, sports talk shows are going crazy...

    In the end...

    It will be their undoing...

    I've made all the comparisons to a locker room with both Chad and T.O. being a two class-clown class on other sites, and the last time the Bungles had two type-A personality receivers, things seemed to disintergrate.

    Still...worth mentioning....four quarterbacks have had 30 TD seasons while playing with Owens (Young, Garcia, McNabb, Romo). Only of those ever had a 30 TD season before or after TO. (Young)

    Philadelphia's best season ever came with TO on it.

    Dallas' best regular season in the last 18 years was achieved with TO on it.

    San Fran's best two seasons in the last decade came with TO on it.

    Buffalo had him for a year, and would've sucked with or without him. They cut ties with him before he could screw up the team. In other places, the divorce between the team and TO was just as messy, but not before he did indeed help the team win. Is he good in short doses, meaning for just a year?... I dunno... I just know that I hate the Bungles.

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    Re: AFC North News: Bengals discuss Terrell Owens deal; Rams out

    Quote Originally Posted by NKySteeler
    I dunno... I just know that I hate the Bungles.


    me too, there's only one thing positive about the Bungals that i can think of...



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    Re: AFC North News: Bengals discuss Terrell Owens deal; Rams out

    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel
    me too, there's only one thing positive about the Bungals that i can think of...
    They are just as cute in person, too...

    ... But your Friendly Neighborhood Bungle Basher tries to resist them...

    ... Otherwise, my "better half" would beat me senseless....

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    Re: AFC North News: Bengals discuss Terrell Owens deal; Rams out

    I don't like this at all... I heard Carson Palmer has been working out with TO in Cali this offseason. Sure TO could implode the team... but Cincy implodes all the time so who cares if TO does it this year. Ike handles Ocho but the other WR's have given us fits.. now we have TO to worry about?

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    Re: AFC North News: Bengals discuss Terrell Owens deal; Rams out

    Quote Originally Posted by feltdizz
    I don't like this at all... I heard Carson Palmer has been working out with TO in Cali this offseason.
    They have been doing so for quite a while... Several weeks at least... They have been talking about it here locally for at least that long.

    ... And yea, I don't like it either...

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    Re: AFC North News: Bengals discuss Terrell Owens deal; Rams out

    Quote Originally Posted by NKySteeler
    Everyone here in Cincy seems to be "creaming their pants"... It's one of the top stories on the local news, polls being taken by the media, sports talk shows are going crazy...

    In the end...

    It will be their undoing...

    I've made all the comparisons to a locker room with both Chad and T.O. being a two class-clown class on other sites, and the last time the Bungles had two type-A personality receivers, things seemed to disintergrate.

    Still...worth mentioning....four quarterbacks have had 30 TD seasons while playing with Owens (Young, Garcia, McNabb, Romo). Only of those ever had a 30 TD season before or after TO. (Young)

    Philadelphia's best season ever came with TO on it.

    Dallas' best regular season in the last 18 years was achieved with TO on it.

    San Fran's best two seasons in the last decade came with TO on it.

    Buffalo had him for a year, and would've sucked with or without him. They cut ties with him before he could screw up the team. In other places, the divorce between the team and TO was just as messy, but not before he did indeed help the team win. Is he good in short doses, meaning for just a year?... I dunno... I just know that I hate the Bungles.

    Some very good (and positive) TO facts, NKy. And exactly why I think we should sign TO. Not only will he automatically become our best receiver (sorry Hines) but his presence will take the spotlight away from the Ben situation. So in this case, the distraction will be welcome. And he's got a lot to prove. Seeing him beg for a job on Total Access showed me that he has been humbled (somewhat). I'm sure it won't happen. But I think it would be a smart move.

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    If we signed TO, who would we sit? Hines? Wallace? ARE?

    It's hard for me to answer that. Part of the problem is that it's hard to face up to the fact that Hines is maybe not so slowly approaching his shelf life, and that is very sad.


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    Re: AFC North News: Bengals discuss Terrell Owens deal; Rams out

    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntonioSteelerFan
    If we signed TO, who would we sit? Hines? Wallace? ARE?

    It's hard for me to answer that. Part of the problem is that it's hard to face up to the fact that Hines is maybe not so slowly approaching his shelf life, and that is very sad.

    Agreed on Hines. Having TO would take reps away from Hines. But is that such a bad thing considering his injury history the last few years?

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