Can Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco Share the Spotlight in Cincinnati?

Jack DoyleCorrespondent IJuly 27, 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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ESPN reported on Tuesday that Terrell Owens has agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 36-year-old wideout gives the Bengals another deep threat to compliment their current No. 1 receiver Chad Ochocinco.

But will the two get along?

Although they are supposedly close friends, both receivers are notoriously outspoken and have been known to cause problems in the locker room. Whether it's their unhappiness with the quarterback or league rules, these two playmakers let it be known how they feel on any and every topic.

How the two will respond to sharing catches and touchdowns is a whole other story. Neither will be afraid to speak their mind if they feel Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer isn't getting them the ball enough.

This could be a train wreck waiting to happen.

But it could also turn out to be better than people think.

In a recent interview with Skip Bayless, an infamous hater of both T.O. and Ochocinco, Chad revealed that he thought Owens was still the most talented receiver in the NFL.

If Ochocinco has that much respect for T.O., then why can't he play alongside him?

It all depends on how they gel in the locker room and whether Palmer can satisfy both targets; there's a balancing act that won't be easy. But at this stage in their careers—Owens is 36 and Ochocinco is 32—they might just be willing to put aside their pride and try to win a championship.

It's unlikely that there won't be at least some controversy involving the team, but this is by no means the first time Cincy has taken a gamble on players with questionable character.

Either way it should make for one interesting season.