They may not be participating in Super Bowl XLIV, but the Cincinnati Bengals have made quite the headlines">Cincinnati Bengals have made quite the headlines during the week leading up to Sunday's big game between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints.
It's been almost four weeks since the Bengals' season ended after a 34-14 home loss to the New York Jets in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. With a busy offseason ahead, Cincinnati has already emerged with plenty of offseason stories before the Super Bowl. Here are some of the headlines for the Bengals this week.
Boomer Esiason suggests Bengals part ways with Ochocinco
During the Westwood One Pro Bowl broadcast, former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason took a shot at wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. He claimed that Ochocinco is all about himself, and his actions leading up to games—such as trash-talking opposing defenders—provide opponents with an advantage of becoming more focused to prove him wrong.
So should Cincinnati actually consider parting ways with No. 85?
Of course not.
The Bengals already need to figure out a way to improve their 26th-ranked passing game from last season. By cutting ties with their six-time Pro Bowler who just finished with his seventh 1,000-yard season in nine years, they would only be making the wide receiver situation worse.
Without question, a move like that would most certainly deserve a "child, please."
Rumors of Terrell Owens to the Bengals continue to emerge, but not likely
On Thursday, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports made a post on his Twitter page that has stirred up debate in the headlines this week.
"Chad Ochocinco just told me on The Jay Glazer Pre-Party on FSN that he thinks T.O. will be a Bengal next year. He said he's sure of it."
Sure, the odds of this actually happening may seem slim. Of course, now the question that comes into play is whether or not the Bengals should actually consider signing Owens.
Nobody's questioning how much the passing game would improve if Cincinnati were to sign Owens once he is no longer under the Bills' control come March 5. The only thing people are questioning is whether a No. 1 wideout like Owens can play alongside Ochocinco without stirring up controversy.
Even if this deal seems highly unlikely, it's still fun for the city of Cincinnati to hope for. By adding a player with the type of work ethic and talent as Owens, the Bengals would immediately become one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL entering 2010.
Ochocinco throws party to benefit Haiti relief fund
Alright, so this headline doesn't have the type of debate or controversy as the others. Instead, it's a chance to recognize Ochocinco for the type of man he really is.
On Friday night, Ochocinco hosted a Super Bowl party at his mansion in Miami with appearances by Owens and LPGA Golfer Anna Rawson. Tickets sold for $500 apiece with all proceeds going to the Haiti relief fund.
Whether your a fan of his antics or not, everyone should have the same opinion regarding Ochocinco's work in the community. His party to help with the recent events in Haiti is only a small part of the type of service he provides to those in need off the field.
Recently, Ochocinco finished his "Tour of Giving," in which he traveled with 10 fans on a bus to Miami, making stops along the way to serve food to those in need. The fans were selected at random who purchased one of the tour shirts from his Web site.
Dan Parzych is the Cincinnati Bengals Examiner for Examiner.com.
He is also the founder of WhoDeyBengals.com.
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