T.O. Begins Tenure In Cincy By Missing Flight, Practice And Press Conference

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Terrell Owens Misses His Flight, Bengals Reschedule Press Conference

Terrell Owens first day as a Cincinnati Bengal is getting off to a rough start.

Apparently T.O. missed an early morning flight which will now cause him to miss the Bengals morning practice.

The Bengals also had a press conference planned for his arrival. That too will be rescheduled.

T.O. has yet to officially sign his contract so he'll do that when he arrives and then participate in the evening practice.

For now, Antonio Bryant is keeping the no. 81 jersey. It was reported that T.O. paid Bryant an "unknown sum of money" to get no. 81, the number he's worn his entire career.

Check out Cincy Jungle for more Terrell Owens news.


Terrell Owens May Have A Hard Time Hitting Incentive Numbers

ESPN's Adam Schefter has details on the incentives Terrell Owens would need to hit to earn an extra $2 million.

T.O. would receive an extra $330,000 for each of these:

60 catches, 100 catches, 900 yards, 1300 yards, 10 touchdowns, 14 touchdowns.

The total would be $2 million.

For a reference, last year T.O. had 55 catches, 829 yards and five touchdowns so he wouldn't have hit any of the benchmarks to earn extra cash.

SB Nation's Cincy Jungle isn't sure if he'll hit those numbers but they do think the T.O. signing will bring a more balanced attack in Cincinnati.

Will he reach those incentives? It should be noted that through all of this, the Bengals still consider themselves a smash mouth offense. Will that change? Probably. But even if they become more balanced, in terms of play-calling, ball distribution might not be enough for Owens to achieve those incentives. Either way, the Bengals literally could have the most balanced offense they've had since the 2005 season.

Check out Cincy Jungle for more Terrell Owens news.


Bengals Sign Terrell Owens To One-Year, $2 Million Deal

The Bengals brought Terrell Owens in for a workout earlier in the offseason. Four months later and they've signed.

Pro Football Talk reports the Bengals signed T.O. to a one-year, $2 million deal with incentives that can boost the total value of the deal to $4 million.

The incentives are based on yards, catches and touchdowns. If he performs like he did last year in Buffalo, he should earn most of it, PFT reports.

SB Nation's Cincy Jungle wonders what exactly was the motivating factor behind signing T.O.

The reasons for signing Owens have been examined a lot on these pages in recent days, ranging from concern regarding Antonio Bryant's knee (or the coaches being lukewarm with Bryant) to the general worry that the team's roster of receivers are just too inexperienced for the Bengals to feel comfortable with.

OCNN didn't break the news, but Chad Ochocinco welcomed T.O. to town via Twitter:

OCNNBREAKINGNEWS Terrell Owens is officially a Cincinnati Bengals, Cincy let's welcome him with open arms, it's on now!

Read more about the signing at Cincy Jungle.


Jets Hop In On Terrell Owens Sweepstakes, Contact His Agent

After months of little Terrell Owens news, we've got the names of several teams who were or are currently interested.

First it was the Rams who were reportedly pursuing him. After they decided to bow out, the Bengals hopped in as the favorite to land him.

Now it's the Jets who have expressed interest, according to ESPN.com.

The Jets have contacted Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and have debated the idea of bringing the high-profile wide receiver to training camp.

A deal between the Jets and Owens still is considered a longshot; one person estimated the Jets' chances at signing the high-profile wide receiver at "20 percent."

The Jets have done a lot to upgrade their receiving corps trading for Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards in the last year.

The Jets decision to pursue T.O. doesn't make a ton of sense until you realize Holmes will be suspended the first four games of the season. SB Nation's Gang Green Nation weighs in:


I just can't see it, sure we need someone to step in for the first four games, but are we willing to sign Owens with that knowledge. Would we cut him after that, because he's not getting snaps over Edwards/Holmes or Cotchery. The last thing we need to give Sanchez is a disgruntled Owens, who will not hesitate to make a spectacle.

The Bengals reportedly have an offer on the table and expect an answer in 48 hours.


Bengals Have Offer On The Table For Terrell Owens, Decision Expected In 48 Hours

After several weeks and even months of little to no talk about free agent WR Terrell Owens, he has dominated the headlines. News reports cropped up this weekend that the Rams were in "serious pursuit" of Owens before they ultimately determined that they weren't interested.

Now it's the Bengals who are putting T.O. in the headlines by reportedly offering him a contract.

The Bengals have extended an offer to Owens, which is now the only one on the table after the Rams decided to back out. Owens and agent Drew Rosenhaus like the Bengals situation and both sides are still negotiating. The team is hoping that a decision is made in the next 48 hours.

The 48-hour deadline makes sense because the Bengals will conduct their first training camp practice Thursday morning.

SB Nation's Cincy Jungle is all over the T.O. story in Cincinnati if you need to catch up.


Rams No Longer In Play For Free Agent WR Terrell Owens

As of Friday, the Rams were in "serious pursuit" of free agent WR Terrell Owens. They were reportedly meeting on Monday morning to discuss their pursuit of him.

As it turns out, they're not in it anymore, according to Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com.

I am reporting that the Rams are NOT going to pursue signing T.O. They have decided to go a different direction. They are out of this.

This leaves the Bengals as the only other team that's publicly identified themselves as suitors for T.O. SB Nation's Cincy Jungle is covering the story and theorizes that the Bengals interest in T.O. means Antonio Bryant's knee isn't up to snuff at this point.

Check out Cincy Jungle for more Terrell Owens news.


Bengals, Rams Are Reportedly Pursuing Terrell Owens

Back in March, Terrell Owens' agent said he was in active discussions with three teams.

Of course we know by now nothing came of those discussions as he's still a free agent. But all of a sudden, T.O. is drawing interest from at least two teams.

A report surfaced over the weekend that the Rams are in "serious pursuit" of Owens.

The Rams are meeting on Monday morning to make a "firm decision" on Owens. Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com reports it will be head coach Steve Spagnuolo and GM Billy Devaney making the decision. For the Rams, the move may make sense in that they need weapons for Sam Bradford, who is expected to take over the starting role at some point in 2010. Then again, I'm not sure why someone would want T.O. around their rookie quarterback.

Meanwhile, the Bengals who hosted Owens for a workout early in the offseason, have jumped back into the T.O. sweepstakes.

Per the club's official Twitter account:

Mike brown on t.o. It is up to him. We have interest. We are talking to him

SB Nation's Cincy Jungle suggests this confirms that Antonio Bryant's knee is a concern moving forward.

This, of course, solidifies the theory that Antonio Bryant's knee is a concern -- which we've been suspecting since Friday evening when news of an imminent deal was reported by TMZ. We have a hard time believing that the Bengals would stall the development of their younger receivers for a 37-year old Owens whose skills have largely diminished.

Stay tuned to Cincy Jungle for more Terrell Owens news with the Bengals. Check out Turf Show Times for a full rundown on the Rams interest in T.O.

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