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By all accounts, Terrell Owens had a very good season for the Bengals. Owens ended up with 78 catches for 983 yards with nine touchdowns. He was a bargain for the $2 million (plus incentives) he was paid.
Signing Owens was still a bad pickup for the Bengals. Here is why:
1. Carson Palmer seemed to force the ball to him. Owens quickly became Palmer's favorite target. Palmer forced it to Owens so much that 11 of his interceptions were intended for Owens. Relying on Owens also didn't work out when they needed clutch catches from him in the fourth quarter of games.
2. Owens' presence on the team changed the philosophy from a running team to a passing team. Palmer doesn't have the skills to win like that.
3. Owens gave the Bengals two receivers (along with Chad Ochocinco) who don't block.
4. Owens kept Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell on the sidelines. When Owens' season ended after the Bengals placed him on injured reserve with a torn meniscus in his left knee, the Bengals won two out of three. Caldwell and Simpson both showed that they deserved much more playing time.