Owens, Ben­gals’ owner dis­cuss pos­si­ble deal

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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.

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