Will Terrell Owens and the Whine Flu Infect the Cincinnati Bengals?

Jimmy CookContributor IJuly 29, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14:  NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens arrives at the 2010 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images for ESPY)
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Drama starter, virus, egotistical, selfish, these are a selection of names that Terrell Owens has been given during his 13 years in the NFL.

Starting off with the 49ers in 1996, and most recently the Buffalo Bills this past season, T.O. has been called the disease of the league. While some find this hard to believe, his haters everywhere have good evidence to back up their claims.

The two most common examples of this show up while T.O. played with the Philadelphia Eagles (2004-2005) and the Dallas Cowboys (2006-2008). During his time with both franchises, Owens had issues on and off the field with quarterbacks Donovan McNabb (now with the Redskins) and Tony Romo, respectively.

While with McNabb, Owens stated that if Brett Favre was the quarterback for the Eagles, they would be undefeated. These comments, which Eagles fans took to meaning that McNabb was not a warrior, led to the end of T.O.'s career in Philly.

After signing with Dallas in 2006, things were looking smooth in his life, until a problem arose between Owens and Romo.

T.O. felt frustrated with the lack of passes thrown to him and was jealous of the relationship Romo had with Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.

Not only did these complaints lead to Owens's release from the team, it also made him look like a crybaby and child.

After playing with the Buffalo Bills last season, T.O. decided to roll the dice and take his chances in the free agent market.

It looked like it would backfire, until two days ago, when the Bengals decided to take a chance and sign Owens to a one-year, $2 million deal.

Let's face it, the Bills were terrible, but T.O. was lucky to even be on a team last year.

Now he is back on a team in playoff contention, and finally with a receiver similar to him in Chad Ochocinco (even though that similarity is mainly touchdown celebrations).

At age 36, this could be T.O.'s last chance to play on a quality franchise during his NFL career, so hear me out before you decide the "disease" will destroy Cincy.

Do I think Owens has matured? Simply put, no. However, I do think he will mix well enough with Carson Palmer and Chad Johnson so his "destructive" alter ego will not make an appearance.

If I'm right, we could see some big achievements by this Bengals squad, and if not, then the epidemic known as "Whine Flu" might add Cincinnati to the victim list.

Regardless of the outcome, we must be patient and see what happens.

Just make sure you have your popcorn ready beforehand.