Could the Cincinnati Bengals Make a Push for Terrell Owens After the Draft?

Dan ParzychSenior Writer IApril 4, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 27:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Buffalo Bills against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The rumors of free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens Cincinnati-Bengals-Examiner%7Ey2010m3d10-Cincinnati-Bengals-should-take-the-Brett-Favre-approach-used-by-Minnesota-Vikings-for-Terrell-Owens">possibly signing with the Cincinnati Bengals are emerging once again after a recent column in the rumor mill.

Geoff Hobson of mentioned the possibility of Cincinnati taking a shot at Owens if he’s still available after the NFL Draft at the end of April. If the number of teams showing interest in Owens is slim before the start of training camp, Hobson believes there’s a chance the Bengals could consider the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver—despite the recent signing of Antonio Bryant.

While the 29-year-old Bryant seemed to be the ideal candidate over the 37-year-old Owens at the beginning of free agency, money also played a major factor. Owens seems determined on finding a team willing to pay him $5 million for the upcoming 2010 season, but not many teams seem interested in paying him that much because of his age—which could benefit the Bengals.

If the market is slim in a few months, Owens may have no choice but to accept a cheaper offer from a team like the Bengals if he really wants to play in the NFL next season.
Chad Ochocinco has been campaigning for his good friend to sign with the Bengals for over two months now.

Carson Palmer has already expressed how he would love to have a player like Owens playing in Cincinnati next season. With the possibility of him, Ochocinco, and Bryant playing alongside one another next season, the Bengals would immediately contain one of the most dangerous passing games in the NFL—which is one of the main areas in need of improvement after finishing 26th last season.

With this in mind, there still seems to be a slight bit of hope Owens could end up wearing orange and black stripes next season by signing with the Bengals. It may just be small talk right now—but small talk is a lot better than no talk at all.