Adding the 36-year-old receiver who has a history of clashing with quarterbacks came as a surprise. The Bengals had a chance to sign Owens after a tryout in March, but they instead gave Antonio Bryant a four-year, $28 million deal to line up opposite Ochocinco.
Bengals are excited bring on T.O.this just shows that the Bengals are building this team to go all the way this year.With Owens still available on the eve of training camp, the Bengals made a move that will affect them in a lot of ways. One receiver will lose a job; other receivers will have fewer passes thrown their way; Ochocinco and Owens will be challenged to keep their egos in check.
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.
When Ochocinco and Terrell Owens get together show on VH1,the two friends will have to figure out how to turn their look-at-me style into a look-at-us season.
There are more immediate issues to settle.
Bryant got No. 81 — Owens’ number — when he signed with the Bengals. Bryant could give the number to the newcomer or keep it for himself.
“Usually when a player comes from another team, he offers money to that player to have that jersey number,” Chad Ochocinco said. “I’m not sure how that’s going to work. T.O. and Antonio will work that situation out. The number doesn’t make the man, the man makes the number. This is a fresh start for T.O. Maybe he’ll want to go for something new.”