Would Terrell Owens Be Good or Bad for Cincinnati Bengals?

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistJuly 26, 2010

I've never been a big Batman fan.  Maybe it's because I am more of a 1990s type of person, but to me the old school show was often out of touch with reality on many separate occasions.

However, recently when Chad Ochocinco claimed that he was Robin to Terrell Owens's Batman, I once again realized just how out of touch the NFL can be at times too.

Yes, once again Terrell Owens finds himself on the potential verge of signing with another team.  This time though, it's the Cincinnati Bengals, and once again, it is a story we've all heard several times over.

For you see, it was (give or take) two months ago when this story first arose.  Those optimistic NFL fans pondered the idea of Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco in the same uniform, and many people had big ideas when it came to this possible signing.

But like all things for today's slower and still unique Terrell Owens, nothing became of this potential signing, and now two months down the track ol' Terrell Owens still finds himself flicking through the pages of all 32 teams, excluding an obvious two or three.

Like a hard-driven shopaholic though, Terrell Owens has returned back to the Cincinnati Bengals page.  It seems he likes the idea of being with his all to chummy friend Chad Ochocinco this season, and the idea of possibly finishing out his days in a uniform that resembles a tiger would more than fit his controversial personality over the years.

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The Cincinnati Bengals though?  Is that really where Terrell Owens is going to sign?

It's a tough call, and realistically I don't think anybody wants to put Terrell Owens down as a possibility, given his track record this offseason.  But much to his credit, this option does feature both good and bad points when looking at it on paper.

The Good

We all know that Terrell Owens has taken his foot off the gas a little performance-wise in the past two or three years.  He's gone from being a fantastic receiver, to a good one that struggles to post above 1,000-yard seasons.

Still, this shouldn't under credit the man, as he does bring a lot to any team that is willing to sign him.

The first point is one that some may not agree with, Terrell Owens's leadership skills.  Sure he's had his controversial ways, but maybe—just maybe—all of this unconvincing interest this offseason in relation to his free agency may create a new and more warming T.O.

If this doesn't happen, though, it is also the presence that Terrell Owens would add to the Bengals.  I think you'll agree Cincinnati already has a fairly stacked receiving game, but if an addition of Terrell Owens was next, well, Carson Palmer couldn't complain about a lack of targets.

So what about Terrell's performance on the field?

To me, this is yet another tough call, as it could really go either way.  Given his performance in the past two years, the most realistic answer is that Terrell Owens won't have an overly fantastic season.

With this in mind, I can't help but feel that if Terrell Owens has a friend in Chad Ochocinco on the field, he may be a whole lot happier, which could equal a few more touchdowns and yards gained.

Like me, whatever your positive opinion is of this possible signing, I'm sure it is equally matched with some negatives.  We'll get to my negatives in a second, but as for the positives, Terrell Owens could bring a lot of joy to the Bengals, and may finally produce some more characteristic numbers if he fits in instantly.

The Bad

Okay, so now for the negatives.

Firstly, the factor that seems to be left out here is that the Bengals have a ton of receivers.  The ones that may be left out though are Jermaine Gresham and Jordan Shipley, who are young rookies and looking to make a start this season.

While both of these guys could see much playing time if Terrell Owens was signed by Cincinnati, chances are more passes are going to be thrown to the experienced wideout, rather than a young rookie, despite how talented both Gresham and Shipley really are.

Secondly, the Chad Ochocinco factor may not be all wrapped up in a neat little package.  Funnily enough, the very opposite could happen, as both have massive egos, and we all know how either of these guys tolerate players bigger than themselves on their rosters.

Thirdly and finally, it all boils down to performance.  Do the Bengals really want to roll the dice with T.O, and possibly undo all of their good work that they have carefully mapped out and achieved in such a length period?

The most probable answer to this is no, as the Bengals finally look to be extreme contenders in the AFC North.

Unfortunately for Terrell Owens, his past has come back to bite him, and trust me he doesn't like it.  He's more or less stalked Jay Cutler, and now that the Bengals have veined interest, he may not let up on this issue.


Like every one of these so-called "Terrell Owens speculations," we'll just have to wait and see.  Personally I'm not going to lose any sleep over it, as this story is beginning to grow quite tedious.

Still, Cincinnati or St. Louis are on the cards, and both bring up negative and positive aspects. 

Are the Bengals a good fit? 

Possibly, it is an obvious gamble though.  Let's all hope that Cincinnati have thought this through, before leading T.O. on a wild goose chase for a possible contract.

Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.