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T.O. has workout with Seattle

Posted by Chris Brown on August 6, 2012 – 7:14 am

Former Bills WR Terrell Owens, who has been most recently playing in the Arena league has a workout with the Seattle Seahawks today (Monday).

While that hardly ensures he’ll be signed by Seattle, what will make things interesting is if he is signed by the club, he’ll face the Bills later this season. Buffalo “hosts” Seattle at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Dec. 16th.


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A compelling look at T.O. now

Posted by Chris Brown on June 22, 2012 – 8:26 am

Back in 2009 Bills fans were ecstatic or at the very least curious about the addition of Terrell Owens to the team’s roster. Partially the victim of ineffective quarterbacking and abrupt changes at offensive coordinator Owens still made some memorable plays (See: 98-yd TD at Jax.). Now the situation is a lot different.

As profiled in a lengthy but compelling piece in Grantland, Owens is finding life difficult. Here are some of the more notable comments from Owens in a well written piece by Michael Mooney.

On what Owens wants at this point in life:I’m not asking to be rich,” he says. “I’m just trying to be financially stable. I just want to be stable. That’s any average American that’s working hard for their money. I’m trying to get myself back to a situation where I don’t have to be stressed out at night, worrying what my mom is thinking or my kids.”

On athletes being viewed as invulnerable: “People forget that I’m a human being, just because I play a sport that everybody loves,” he says. “We’re human. We’re not invincible. We share the same feelings and emotions that people on the outside feel. I don’t think people really understand that.”

On his personal struggles and seeking help:A lot of emotional stress that people go through, some people figure out a way to handle it,” he says. “They have a strong enough support system to keep going and keep moving forward. And some people, they feel like they don’t have that outlet. Some people are too prideful to go out and reach out to people to help them in that situation because it’s just such a dark time.”


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T.O. sounds off

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2010 – 8:52 pm

Well after seven straight losses, the last of which came at the hands of the Bills on Sunday, Cincinnati WR Terrell Owens blew up.

When asked what it was like to be part of a crazy game like this the Bengals wideout had an answer ready.

“Crazy? What’s crazy is the fact that we’re just terrible,” said Owens. “That’s just plain and simple. When I say we, that’s me included. Let me look you in the eyes and emphasize — we are terrible. Terrible. I have no answers for you. I have no sound bytes for you. All I know is, right now, we are terrible. Maybe if everyone wants to blame me, it’s my fault. Maybe I am bad luck. At this point, it is unthinkable — unbelievable — that we can lose a lead like that. And by no means am I taking anything away from the Buffalo Bills. Those guys are talented. They put on their pads and uniforms just like everybody else does.

“You go into every Sunday thinking it’s an opportunity to win a game, and they took full advantage of that. I don’t understand. I don’t know what it is. We find ways to lose the game. You would think that, having a lead going into halftime, we could capitalize and build off that. We may go 2-14 at the rate we’re playing.”

When asked why they were so good in the first half and not in the second half, Owens didn’t have an answer.

“I have no idea,” said Owens. “We’re not good, period. We’ve made enough mistakes (in the last seven games) to last a lifetime.”

Before Owens press conference concluded he mentioned a how they are terrible a fifth time. Cincinnati has now lost seven in a row.


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T.O. conf. call hi-lites

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2010 – 9:14 pm

Terrell Owens was most certainly holding court in his conference call with the Buffalo media. From his opening comment of “What’s happening guys? Go Bills!” to his obvious respect for Ryan Fitzpatrick, to his appreciation for the Bills fans, T.O. addressed several subjects.

Here are the highlights.


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T.O. impressed by Stevie

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2010 – 4:44 pm

Terrell Owens was the weekly conference call interview for the Western New York media with the Bills slated to play at Cincinnati this Sunday. And T.O. is impressed with what Stevie Johnson has done with his opportunity opposite Lee Evans this season.

“I knew Stevie had the ability,” said Owens. “I watched him in training camp. Here’s a guy that’s very shifty, can make guys miss. He runs nice routes. Obviously, everybody’s seeing the results of that.

“Stevie (and I), we became good friends. We sat next to each other in the meeting rooms last year. We’ve been texting each other, at the beginning of the season, he would ask me certain things, about things he has questions about. So I got the chance to meet a lot of the guys there in the preseason. Got to talk Lee a little bit. Lee is quiet. We don’t really talk as much, but we’re still cool. Roscoe and all those guys, Marcus Stroud. It was good to see those guys in preseason. We knew this time was going to come during the regular season. It’s here it’ll be a good reunion. Once the coin in tossed and the ball is kicked off, everybody knows it’s business.”

Johnson ranks 12th in the AFC in receptions and 10th in receiving yards. Owens ranks 2nd in both of those categories in the conference. T.O.’s numbers also rank third in the NFL in both categories.


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T.O. already promising win

Posted by Chris Brown on November 15, 2010 – 12:08 am

Losers of six in a row and in the basement of the AFC North, Cincinnati Bengals WR Terrell Owens is promising his team will get a win this coming week against the Bills.

About an hour after the Bengals dropped a 23-17 decision to the Colts, Owens stated the following on his twitter account.

terrellowens I will do all I can 2 win next week! I promise on everything I love! We will win sumhow, sum way!!

The Bills face the Bengals in Paul Brown Stadium this Sunday for a 1 pm kickoff.


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Stevie’s production vs. T.O.

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2010 – 9:04 am

Just realized this stat when I was a surveying some numbers related to Stevie Johnson.

Johnson, in the number two receiver role this season has already matched the touchdown total of the man he replaced from last season in just six games. Terrell Owens had 829 yards receiving last year on 55 catches with five touchdowns. He had a sixth TD on an end around rushing.

In fairness to Owens he did have to play in seven more games with Trent Edwards (9) than Johnson did this season (2), and it’s no coincidence that four of Owens’ five touchdowns with the Bills last season came with Ryan Fitzpatrick in the lineup.

Still Johnson’s production to this point (25 rec. 372 yards 5 TDs) is on pace to give him 66 receptions for 990 yards and 13 touchdowns by season’s end.


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Gailey not much for nicknames

Posted by Chris Brown on August 27, 2010 – 7:08 am

Bills head coach Chan Gailey was asked about Cincinnati’s wide receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, who decided to dub themselves Batman and Robin. Buffalo will be facing them and the rest of the Bengals on Saturday night.

“Obviously they’re both good players,” he said. “I didn’t know we had nicknames for them. Whatever. Good for them I guess. It doesn’t matter. They’re like everybody else, you’ve got to produce on game day.”

Buffalo’s secondary is eager to face Cincinnati’s talented receiving corps to use as a measuring stick to gauge how ready they are for the regular season.


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McGee on ‘Batman and Robin’

Posted by Chris Brown on August 26, 2010 – 8:25 am

Bills CB Terrence McGee was asked what he thought of the self-given duo nickname for Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco.

Owens and Ochocinco have labeled themselves ‘Batman and Robin’ after Owens signed with the Bengals in late July. The duo will be facing the Bills Saturday night. McGee however, doesn’t make much of the moniker for the entertaining wideouts.

“I don’t make anything of it,” McGee said. “Them guys they definitely are some funny characters. They keep the game exciting. I like to hear the stuff that Chad says and also T.O., but they definitely keep the game exciting. Having them both on the same team I don’t know how that locker room is before and after the games, but it’s definitely exciting.”

McGee however, doesn’t consider seeing Owens again on the field as something fun.


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Whitner having fun with T.O. and Ocho

Posted by Chris Brown on August 22, 2010 – 11:00 am

After being called out by Chad Ochocinco last week on twitter, Whitner has responded with a message for Ochocinco and his partner in crime in the Cincinnati receiving corps.

Whitner tweeted the following in anticipation of the Bills’ next preseason game against the Bengals at RWS on Saturday.

DonteWhitner    Hey @terrellowens and @OGOchoCinco did u guys watch our Indy Film yet? Hope so, have a great day guys!

I wouldn’t call it trash talking. Whitner is keeping it cordial, but it’s obvious that Whitner and Buffalo’s secondary is eager to face the self-proclaimed Batman and Robin duo. Especially after what he said when asked about the upcoming game after practice this morning.

“I’m looking forward to seeing T.O. and [Chad] Ochocinco,” he said. “He sent me a couple messages on Twitter. It’s all a lot of fun, but when we go out there on the football field we expect to go out there and have a great showing against those guys. We feel like we’re one of the top secondaries in the National Football League and we have to go out and show it each and every Sunday.”


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Fan Friday 4-2

Posted by Chris Brown on April 2, 2010 – 1:30 pm

More player moves this week as the Bills now have six receivers on their roster and Ashton Youboty just re-signed. Let’s see what you’ve got for us this week in the way of questions for Fan Friday from the inbox (AskChris@bills.nfl.net).

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– Hey chris
I was looking at some mock drafts and some people seem to be predicting a possible run on OT in the top ten. If 3 tackles went before the bills pick do you think the bills would consider trading their first for Jared Gaither from the ravens? He has a 1st round tender on him but hes only 23 , has experience playing tackle, and he only missed 5 games out of the 33 he played in ( which is preety good considering how often our offensive lineman are hurt). I wondered what your opinion on Terrence Cody in the second round. He seems to be working on his weight and I think would be a good value in the second. Keep up the good work man thanks.
Andy
Lockport , NY

CB:
My biggest concern is the Lions at second overall start the OT run early and four OTs are off the board by the time the Bills are on the clock. But I think as long as one of the top four are there (Okung, Bulaga, Davis, Williams) they’d take one of them.
But having a contingency plan in place couldn’t hurt. From what I’ve been hearing out of Baltimore it might not take a 1st to get Gaither. I think the Bills second-round pick at 41 could get a deal done for him. I just wonder why the Ravens are not hesitating about trying to move him. I know they have Oher, but you don’t see teams jettisoning promising young left tackles.

2 – Chris,
Can Trent Williams play Left Tackle?  Everything I read about him seems to be vague on the matter.
 
Pete Howell
Fairport

CB: This is where not having the full story can concern fans about certain players. Trent Williams had played left tackle through high school before coming to Oklahoma, where he started his career at left tackle. With Phil Loadholt in front of him (now with the Vikings) he didn’t flip over to left until this past season, his senior year.

At the start of the season he had a series of minor injuries that hampered his performance, but the guy played anyway. As the season wore on he got healthier and his play really took off. I think he can play left tackle effectively and he has the work ethic and intangibles you want to see from a big guy. You want to know they want to be the best and that’s exactly what he said at the combine.


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– Hey Chris,

I was wondering if you would take a shot at Tim Tebow if you were in the head coaching position at pick 9?  Do you see the Bills drafting him at 9, or perhaps in the 2nd round if he happens to be there?  Do you know what Buddy Nix or Chan Gailey’s feelings are towards Tim Tebow?  What do you think they are going to do about the QB position?  Thank you! 

CB: Personally I would not take Tim Tebow at nine if I were picking for the Bills. I would not even take him in round two with pick 41. The reason why is the Bills have so many positional holes and needs that they cannot afford to use a high pick on a player that is not equipped to start right away in the NFL at his given position.

While there is much debate on just how good Tebow can be at the NFL level, no one is debating that it’s going to take him about two to three years to be NFL ready at the QB position. Knowing that, the Bills can’t use a high pick on a guy that’s not going to start right away. They need starters with their first two picks, similar to what they got out of last year’s draft. Wood, Byrd and Levitre were all starters. That’s a big step forward for this roster. They have to do that again this year. They’re not in a position to wait on a guy they draft in the first two rounds.
4 – Chris,

With the Bengals and Ravens seemingly out on Terrell Owens and not a  lot of other teams reportedly interested is there any chance that  Buffalo will bring him back at a small price if he is still available  late in the offseason?

Thanks,
David (Penfield, NY)

CB: I just don’t see it happening. The Bills have made their plans clear in stating Owens will not be offered a contract. They want to turn the page at receiver and see what the young kids have got. Personally I like that approach. How do you how good Hardy and Johnson can be if you don’t give them the opportunity?
5 – Hi Chris:
I’m thinking out of the box a little here. Truth be told, the Bills are probably looking at two more non-playoff seasons. With that in mind, I see a left tackle as the obvious first draft pick next month. It is supposedly a deep draft for offensive linemen. What would you think about a right tackle in the second round if a quality player is available? That would solidify the O-line with four high draft picks and give them a couple years to mature together while the Bills collect the rest of the needed parts.
Pete Johanson
Youngsville PA

CB: I don’t think it’s out of the question, but I would suspect it to happen later in the draft like round three or four. They’ve got a stop gap veteran player in Cornell Green for right tackle, so they’re covered for this year and next. Plus they have young tackle prospects on the roster in Demetrius Bell, Jamon Meredith, Andre Ramsey and Jason Watkins. In round two I think the play is nose tackle.


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Fan Friday 3-26

Posted by Chris Brown on March 26, 2010 – 11:22 am

Less than a month until the draft and we’ve got trade rumors and draft rumors galore floating around out there. I’d say believe about 10 percent of what you read this time of year, especially quotes from team executives. A lot of smoke and mirrors flying around. You can always email me at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and you can get a running scroll of my blog entries here. Let’s get to your questions.

1 - Hey Chris,
As much as I see the need for help on the O-Line, especially with Butler’s shocking retirement, what if all the top O-Line prospects are gone before the Bills get to pick?
 
What if players like Derrick Morgan or Rolando McClain are there at pick 9, who do you select?
 
James

CB: That’s a great question. I personally believe that this has the potential to happen if the Lions pick an offensive tackle instead of one of the top two DTs in Suh or McCoy. That would start the run on tackles early and with Washington (#4), KC (#5), Seattle (#6) and Oakland (#8) all in need of tackle help Buffalo could be left holding the bag.

If that scenario were to play out I think pass rusher is the way that they’ll go. Now there is some debate as to whether Derrick Morgan is athletic enough (in reverse) to be a 3-4 outside linebacker. Some talent evaluators around the league are of the opinion that he is not good in drop and cover situations, something required of an OLB in a 3-4.

But if anyone knows what Morgan is and is not capable of it’s Chan Gailey and defensive line coach Giff Smith, who recruited Morgan to Georgia Tech and coached him on a daily basis. McClain would not be a bad pick, but with the free agent signing of Andra Davis, inside LB help isn’t as pressing a positional need.
2 - Hey Chris,
Do you think the potential of a 2011 lockout has any affect on how the team pursues this year’s draft? I think it would be a risk to draft a QB this year if indeed there is lockout. I’m not sure what team activities take place in a lockout year, but I have to believe it would affect the development of a young QB having a year off. 
Thanks, Mark

CB: I think that’s a valid point, but the bigger issue for all of the teams are contract payouts. Knowing this year is likely the last in which draft picks taken in round one will see mega-fat contracts before they even play a down, NFL clubs could be more willing to part with first-round picks knowing first rounders in all likelihood will be much more affordable come 2011. That could mean more trades.
3 - Chris,
 
I keep hearing people talk about how Kyle Williams doesn’t really fit into the 3-4 system.  I don’t see why he wouldn’t work out as a defensive end.  I realize he’s probably a little bulkier and not quite as fast as a prototypical 3-4 DE, but he made a lot of plays this season when the coaches gave him the freedom to try to penetrate the line instead of hold his ground.  I think that if we can sign a veteran NT or draft a Dan Williams or Mount Cody and put Marcus Stroud and Kyle Williams on the ends, that would be a pretty intimidating front line to run against.  And then our pass rush would come from the outside LB’s.  Your thoughts are always appreciated.
 
-Brendan, Las Vegas

CB: Truthfully I don’t think it matters where they put Kyle Williams, he’ll make plays. He’s more athletic than he is given credit for and I think he could handle the five technique position. In all likelihood he’s the nose tackle in obvious passing situations and might see some work at end as well. You don’t take good players off the field. You find a way to make them fit and that’s exactly what defensive coordinator George Edwards intends to do.
4 - Hey Chris,
I was just wondering… with free agency here, what are the chances that Buffalo would trade for Jared Gaither to fill one of the two slots for offensive tackle. Would he be a good fit for the Bills offensive line? Considering the Ravens only tendered him for a 1st round compensation and other high quality stars have been traded for multiple picks of lesser degree, I feel the two sides can come to terms. I say a combination of Buffalo swapping their 2nd round pick this year and a 3rd from next year to bring Gaither to the Bills would allow Buffalo to address other positions of need with their 9th overall pick (Dan Williams, NT; Jimmy Clausen, QB; Bryan Bulaga, RT). Thanks.

-Mike, Los Angeles

CB: If you could find a way to avoid giving up the Bills pick at 9, I’d be listening. Gaither is believed to have Pro Bowl potential and has only scratched the surface of what he can do as a left tackle. But I don’t see Baltimore being willing to negotiate anything less than a one.
5 -  Hey Chris,
I see Baltimore was interested in T.O but then I see they traded for Anquan Boldin and I see Derrick Mason is returning. Also in Cinncinati Chad’s lobbying to get T.O didn’t work. Is there any chance that we will re-sign T.O even though I saw that they weren’t gonna re-sign him? Do you think they will have a change of heart? I know T.O will want more money I say pay him! Have you talked to T.O lately, how is his attitude toward the Bills.Thanks.
 
Jon
Union City,Pa

CB: I do not see the Bills reversing their course on Terrell Owens. They said he will not be extended a contract offer and that’s the end of it. I have not spoken to Owens, but in speaking with people close to him it was never his intention to return to the Bills in 2010 anyway. So I think we can safely say it’s one and done in Buffalo for Owens.


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Two teams after T.O.?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 5, 2010 – 9:56 am

There’s that saying that all it takes is one team to like a player and he can find a home. In the case of Terrell Owens there are reportedly two such teams.

Though ProFootballTalk doesn’t identify the teams, they speculate that Baltimore is one of them based on head coach John Harbaugh’s comments at the combine last week.

The other is out there for anyone else to guess. Of course this could very well be agent tactics to create the appearance of interest to prompt teams to call and create actual interest in said client.

Either way it bears watching. I just still find it surprising that Owens is of interest to the Ravens after he forced his way out of being traded there from the 49ers and eventually going to the Eagles.


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Ravens “interested” in T.O.

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2010 – 11:47 pm

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was asked specifically about Terrell Owens just hours before the Bills announced that he would not be extended a contract offer and become a free agent. Despite the signing of Donte Stallworth and the desire to re-sign 36-year old WR Derrick Mason, Harbaugh sounds interested in Owens.

“I’ve always said I’ve got a lot of respect for T.O. and I know Ozzie does too,” said Harbaugh. “He had a good year last year, we watched him on tape and he was very effective. We’re interested in T.O. We’re interested in all the guys that can make our team better.”

Harbaugh in returning from a goodwill trip to Iraq for U.S. troops ran into Owens in the airport.

“We did say hi and kind of rekindled the relationship,” said Harbaugh. “I think he’s a good guy and a good player.”

Harbaugh was the special teams coach in Philadelphia when Owens was with the Eagles and had Owens on his hands teams.

“He was respectful to the coaches and worked hard and I think everybody had a pretty good relationship with him,” Harbaugh said.


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Remaining free agents

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2010 – 7:35 pm

With Terrell Owens, Josh Reed and Ryan Denney all told they won’t be back with Buffalo in 2010, here are the other Bills players set to hit the free agent market this coming Friday if they do not re-sign with Buffalo.

Here are the prospective unrestricted free agents.
LB Chris Draft
OL Seth McKinney
G Kendall Simmons
S Todd Johnson
SS Bryan Scott
LB Josh Stamer

Truthfully I believe the only player on this list that’s a respectable priority is Scott, who had a productive season in 2009.

Here are the restricted free agents (under uncapped rules), which the Bills have until March 4th to tender a qualifying offer to retain their rights to them. Otherwise they become unrestricted free agents on March 5th as well.

LB Keith Ellison
QB Gibran Hamdan
OL Richie Incognito
TE Joe Klopfenstein
TE Derek Schouman
OT Jonathan Scott
SS George Wilson
CB Ashton Youboty

On this list Incognito and Wilson would seem to be the highest priorities to tender with Schouman and Youboty seemingly in the next group. Keith Ellison is a productive player, but might not be a fit in Buffalo’s new defensive scheme.


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Owens thanks Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2010 – 7:21 pm

With the news coming down that he will not be offered a new contract by Buffalo, Terrell Owens thanked the Bills organization for his opportunity in 2009.

Via his twitter account Owens said the following.

terrellowens    I would like to thank the great fans in Buffalo,Ralph Wilson & the Bills organization for all their support this past season.

Ryan Denney and Josh Reed were also informed that they would not be presented with contract offers by the Bills either. All three players will be free to shop their services on March 5th.


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Owens on YES tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2010 – 2:22 pm

Terrell Owens interview on YES Network’s Centerstage program with host Michael Kay was supposed to first air this weekend, but it will instead air tonight (Tuesday).

Owens interview will air on YES following the Nets-Blazers game. In the interview Owens addresses his reportedly repaired relationship with former Eagles teammate Donovan McNabb.


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Cincy to not pursue T.O.?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2010 – 9:53 am

According to Newsday NFL reporter Bob Glauber, the rumors that the Bengals will make a play for Terrell Owens should he hit the free agent market are off the mark.

Glauber on his twitter account posted the following.

BobGlauber: Source familiar with Bengals’ situation tells me there are no plans to sign Terrell Owens. Team also regrets Laveanues Coles signing in ’09.

There was a line of thinking that if Owens was signed by the Bengals during the free agency period that Laveranues Coles would be released. Coles just signed a four-year $28M contract last offseason with Cincinnati, but did not produce the way they anticipated.


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T.O. and McNabb buddy-buddy?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2010 – 2:20 pm

Despite a bitter parting after the 2005 season in Philadelphia, Terrell Owens and Donovan McNabb have apparently reconciled.

Owens, who is due to appear on the YES Network program Centerstage with host Michael Kay this Sunday, spoke about how he has patched things up with McNabb.

The New York Post quoted Owens from his appearance as saying the following.

“I can honestly say I appreciate those years and Donovan and I are friends and, actually we were just hanging out last night as a matter of fact. So it was one of those things where — again — it started off well, it didn’t end well. Sometimes, I wish it could have ended on a positive note.”

Owens was not only been a model teammate this past season, but has also apparently mended some fences with some former teammates. What it leads to in free agency in terms of offers is anyone’s guess.


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OchoCinco on T.O.

Posted by Chris Brown on February 18, 2010 – 6:00 am

Chad OchoCinco has stated more than once that Terrell Owens will be his teammate in Cincinnati in 2010. In a recent man on the street interview OchoCinco took it a step further.

When asked by TMZ if he’s going to get Owens to Cincy this offseason, OchoCinco said he’s going to take a pay cut to make it happen.

What OchoCinco says compared to reality are often two different things, but you’ve got to admire his persistence. Unfortunately for him he has little to no input in who Bengals owner Mike Brown decides to sign and not sign.

Owens will be an unrestricted free agent effective March 5th.


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