As you’ve probably heard by now, Terrell Owens signed with the Cincinnati Bengals today. We kept hearing about Antonio Bryant and how slow his knee has been coming along. Apparently, the Bengals were concerned about it because they brought in T.O. (we’ve even heard that Bryant is a candidate for PUP).
Owens took to Twitter to write, “Hoping 2 b a Bengal w/in the 24hrs!!” And according to a source familiar with the situation, T.O. will sign with the Bengals tomorrow when he heads to Georgetown for training camp.
Owens is signed for one year at $2 million. There is another $2 million that he can earn in incentives.
A league source tells PFT that Owens can make $333,333 for each of the following stats: 60 catches, 900 yards, and 10 touchdowns.
Owens caught 55 for 829 yards and five TD’s last season with an awful Buffalo Bills offense, so those numbers are attainable…sort of. The Bengals do like to run Cedric Benson and don’t forget that they have other weapons. Namely, Chad Ochocinco.
Plus, there is first-round pick Jermaine Gresham, and what if Bryant starts getting healthy? There is only one football to go around.
So think about it, should the Bengals have really given him an incentive-laden deal based on his prior conduct? What if the Bengals starting losing (entirely possible)? And what if, during the course of them not winning games, Owens isn’t getting a ton of balls thrown his way (entirely possible)?
How might he react then? Public blow up? Ripping Carson Palmer a new one?