Could the Bengals Face Terrell Owens Twice Next Season If He Signs with Ravens?
Now that the Buffalo Bills have made an official statement that they have no plans of re-signing wide receiver Terrell Owens, he will become a free agent March 5 and be free to hear offers from any team showing interest.
Over the last month, Chad Ochocinco has made quite the headlines as an attempt to convince Owens and the organization as why No. 81 would make a great fit with the Bengals next season.
Two of arguably the top wide receiver playing together side-by-side would drastically improve a passing game in need of help after finishing 26th last season.
The city of Cincinnati seems to be split about whether or not Owens would be a good fit for the Bengals.
As great as it would be to bring in a wide receiver who may end up in Canton one day, the question of whether or not it would be worth the risk considering his history problems with previous organizations comes into play.
He may not lived up to the $6.5 million contract with just 55 catches for 829 yard and five touchdowns, but the argument can be made those numbers would have been higher with a different quarterback.
While Ryan Fitzpatrick is decent for a starting quarterback, he's nowhere nearly as talented as most of the other quarterbacks in the NFL.
While he may not agree, Owens has proven to flourish with the right quarterback over his 14-year career.
No wide receiver can be as effective without the help of their quarterback—which is why the argument can be made that Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb, and Tony Romo have all played a major role in the success of Owens over the years.
If Cincinnati somehow manages to sign Owens for the 2010 season, Carson Palmer could join the list of fellow quarterbacks listed above. However, there's another young quarterback the Bengals may have to be concerned with that could help Owens succeed next season.
Numerous reports have indicated the Baltimore Ravens are beginning to draw interest">Baltimore Ravens are beginning to draw interest in Owens to provide another target for Flacco—who continues to show potential as he continues to develop into an effective quarterback.
In his first two seasons, he's started every game with the Ravens while throwing for a combined 6,584 yards and 35 touchdowns with an arguably mediocre receiving core.
Not only would Owens make an effective target for Flacco to throw to, but the argument can be made the Ravens would immediately be considered one of the top contenders in the AFC for 2010.
With a defense that continues to rank near the top of the league year after year, Baltimore could easily become one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL as well considering they already have a powerful running game with Ray Rice, Willis McGahee, and Le'Ron McClain.
These reports may be nothing to worry about for the time being, but even just the thought of Owens in the AFC North next season is scary for Bengals fans to think about.
After the way the 2009 season played out, it's safe to say the division will be just as competitive next season, making it harder for the Bengals to reach their second-straight AFC North title.
And if Owens does end up joining Baltimore next season, it's safe to say the Bengals will have their hands full on defense not once, but twice next season when they play the Ravens.
Dan Parzych is the Cincinnati Bengals Examiner for Examiner.com.
He is also the founder of WhoDeyBengals.com.
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