Now that free agency officially kicked off last week, the rumors are beginning to heat up about the Cincinnati Bengals signing Terrell Owens to play alongside his good friend, Chad Ochocinco.
The rumors of Owens heading to the Bengals have been swirling for over a month now, ever since Ochocinco started his campaigning for the six-time Pro Bowler in Cincinnati.
While the odds seemed as likely as the St. Louis Rams selecting a kicker with the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, this deal seems more likely to happen now with everything that's taken place this offseason.
Here's the first part of why Owens signing with the Bengals could happen.
Laveranues Coles Release
Last week, the Bengals released Laveranues Coles after he fell nothing short of disappointing during his first and only season in Cincinnati. The organization was criticized most of the season for signing him to a four-year deal worth $28 million, despite the fact he turned 32 in December.
With Coles and his hefty contract around, Owens to the Bengals seemed highly unlikely from a financial perspective. Now that there's a need for another wide receiver in Cincinnati and an extra $4.65 million from Coles' base salary in 2010, Owens playing alongside Ochocinco next season seems more realistic than it did over a month ago.
Carson Palmer Would Welcome Terrell Owens With Open Arms
Throughout most of his career, Owens has established a reputation as a player known for causing headaches in the locker room—although he deserves credit for his actions with the Buffalo Bills last season.
Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb, and Tony Romo have all experienced life with Owens—both the positive and negative. While they've enjoyed his presence on the field, they've also had to deal with a few controversies off the field.
If any quarterback is capable of handling a player like Owens, it's Palmer. He's managed to keep it cool playing alongside Ochocinco throughout his career, so why shouldn't he be able to handle Owens?
Dan Parzych is the Cincinnati Bengals Examiner for Examiner.com.
He is also the founder of WhoDeyBengals.com.
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