Owens, Bengals’ owner discuss possible deal
CINCINNATI — Bengals owner Mike Brown wants to bring receiver Terrell Owens aboard.
Brown said Monday the team has discussed a contract with Owens and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The Bengals passed on the chance to sign the 36-year-old receiver after a tryout in March, but they have come around now that he remains a free agent.
Brown noted that Owens caught the winning 57-yard touchdown pass in Dallas’ 31-22 victory over the Bengals in 2008.
“I would rather have him line up on our side of the ball than the other side of the ball,” Brown said. “I can remember playing Dallas a few years ago when he caught a pass across the middle that won the game for them.
“So I’ve seen him do it. I’ve seen him do it against us. I’d like him to be here and do that against somebody else.”
So would receiver Chad Ochocinco, who is a close friend and lobbied unsuccessfully for the Bengals to sign Owens in March. Instead, they chose receiver Antonio Bryant and gave him a fouryear deal.
One change since then: Cincinnati’s quarterback has joined the lobbying effort. Carson Palmer has been working out with Owens in California and excitedly called coach Marvin Lewis about making a run to sign the receiver.
“I met with him personally and privately,’’ Brown said. “He is not at all the way his public image is depicted. He’s a pleasant person. I found him engaging. And I do trust my own eyes on this sort of thing.”
The St. Louis Rams are also interested in Owens. If he chooses Cincinnati, he could be paired on the outside with Ochocinco. Lewis said Bryant could move into an inside slot position.