Tag:Carson Palmer
Posted on: July 24, 2010 5:15 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2010 5:38 pm
 

Rams in 'serious pursuit' of Terrell Owens?

Suddenly, Terrell Owens it seems, is quite popular. With at least one team (and maybe a second!) anyway; according to multiple reports -- beginning with ESPN's Chris Mortensen and followed by Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio -- the St. Louis Rams are in "serious pursuit" of Owens' services.

Of course, the rumors that the Bengals are interested in Owens continue despite the fact that reports to the contrary have emerged from Cincy. (Quick caveat: this is the Bengals we're talking about, and Owens has caused trouble before, so ruling them out is technically almost impossible until he actually signs elsewhere.)

We addressed the plus/minus situation with the Bengals earlier: Upside is Carson Palmer's been working out with Owens and Ochocinco loves him, downside is forcing TO into a slot role, not to mention the old axiom of "not enough passes to go around."

The Rams would pose no such problems, with Donnie Avery currently occupying the No. 1 wide receiver role. However, they wouldn't fit with his desire to play for a contender and there would be some concerns about adding a potentially poisonous Owens to a young, rebuilding team that won't likely be competing for a playoff spot.

Then again, both Steve Spagnuolo and Pat Shurmer worked with Owens in Philadelphia, so maybe they believe that bringing in Owens would be a benefit to the team overall.

Update (5:34): Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com has a Rams source who "scoffed" at the report of the Rams' interest in Owens and called it "overzealous."

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 10:37 am
 

Ochocinco's thoughts on TO

Though he has a history of not being truthful with every bit of “breaking news” he puts on his Twitter account , Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco hinted this morning that Terrell Owens will, in fact, join the Cincinnati squad.

This morning, Ochocinco tweeted, “Be blessed today folks, i am so excited for training camp, especially since Batman is coming to join me,” and a little while later, he wrote, “Coming soon to a city near you if your (sic) playing the Bengals, Batman= T.O. Robin= Esteban.”

With everything Ochocinco-related – and I mean EVERYTHING – take his tweeting with a grain of salt. More than likely, he’s just stirring the pot just for the hell of it.

For the record, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy refutes the original TMZ report that said Owens would be in a Cincinnati uniform.

From Reedy’s blog post:

While we still view the likelihood as a long shot, a couple of league observers have noted that the Owens camp denied reports of a deal being close with Dallas until it happened. It’s not feasible at the moment, but if Antonio Bryant struggles due to last year’s knee problems, the likelihood of an Owens signing does increase.

Another factor is that ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday night that Carson Palmer has been working out with Owens in California and has been impressed. Palmer did talk with Owens before his visit here in March along with Bryant. Owens agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was in town this week but it was more to touch base with Chad Ochocinco.


Owens met with the Bengals coaches earlier this year, but instead, Cincinnati signed Bryant. Why? One of my sources texted me today: “AB was smarter on the blackboard and a tougher player. Less of a hassle too.”

One other bit of Bengals-related news. Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson exchanged text messages with David Cornwell, the lawyer for RB Cedric Benson – who met with commissioner Roger Goodell Thursday.

Responded Cornwell to Hobson: “The Commissioner and Cedric had a frank and productive discussion regarding the benefits of playing in the NFL as well as the price to enjoy those benefits. Cedric is his best advocate and I believe the Commissioner was pleased with their discussion.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 11:53 pm
 

Owens to the Bengals?

There have been rumors swirling around that Terrell Owens is close to signing with the Cincinnati Bengals. (It’s odd Bengals owner Mike Brown would even consider this given that Owens, while a head case, has never been arrested.) But a source tells Pro Football Talk said the rumors are unfounded.

However, Adam Schefter of ESPN says that Owens and Carson Palmer have been working out regularly together in California, and that the quarterback would welcome the idea of T.O. coming aboard.

Imagine Chad Ochocinco, Antonio Bryant and Terrell Owens all in the same huddle. Palmer would have to throw 1,000 passes on the season just to keep every star happy.


--Andy Benoit 

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 4:09 pm
 

Everybody's fault but JaMarcus Russell's

J. Russell getting crushed in a KC sandwich (Getty) I found this New York Times Fifth Down blog post today slightly humorous and slightly bizarre. Asking about the rumors that imply former Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell – largely considered one of the biggest No. 1 draft pick busts in NFL history – might work out a deal with the Jets, reporter Kristian R. Dyer spoke with well-regarded quarterback instructor Tom Martinez, who trained Russell before he was taken No. 1 in 2007.

What’s funny – and sort of head-scratchingly weird – Martinez blames a variety of reasons why Russell was terrible in Oakland. Very little of which, Martinez seems to say, was Russell’s fault.

Among the issues that were not Russell’s fault.

1)Russell should have been starting from day one and not relegated to backing up Josh McCown and Daunte Culpepper. That start-from-day-one decision might have worked for Colts QB Peyton Manning – who led his team to a 3-13 record in his rookie year, mind you – but the other option, allowing your top-picked QB to have a redshirt year, also works. Ask Bengals QB Carson Palmer, who’s had a pretty good career after sitting behind Jon Kitna for a season.

2)Bad offensive line and receivers who didn’t know – or simply couldn’t – separate from DBs.

3)The Raiders signed him for too much money as a rookie.

4)The coaches didn’t like him; only owner Al Davis did.

Yes, the fact that Russell didn’t work hard and played at a heavy weight didn’t have much to do with the reason he failed out of Oakland. Nothing at all.

OK, ok. Martinez isn’t being that ridiculous. He makes some valid points, but surely, Russell wasn’t so clearly not at fault.

From the article:

Of course, many in the league have questioned Russell’s work ethic, including his teammates, who liked him and wanted him to succeed, but grew tired of what they perceived as his indifference. Russell’s actions suggested he wanted out of the organization.

Martinez said bringing in Russell to back up Mark Sanchez would be a “brilliant move from a talent standpoint,” but even he concedes that if Russell doesn’t work hard, it will be the last we hear of him. All he needs is a fresh start, Martinez said, but the rest is up to him.

“If he repeats the same mistakes, then it’s his last chance,” Martinez said.


If he, in fact, gets another chance.

--Josh Katzowitz

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