Tag:Chad Ochocinco
Posted on: July 27, 2010 9:24 pm
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Bengals organization reacts to T.O. signing

T. Owens is set to join his new Cincinnati teammates at training camp Thursday (Getty). Chris Crocker doesn’t sugarcoat his comments. If he has a problem with somebody and a reporter asks him about it, he’ll say whatever comes to mind. He’s a reporter’s dream, because he doesn’t use a filter to water down his opinions. You never have to go off the record with the Bengals free safety.

After reports surfaced that Terrell Owens and the Bengals had reached an agreement on a one-year contract that will pay him a $2 million base salary and could give him as much as $2 million in roster bonuses, I wanted to touch base with Crocker. I knew if Crocker was unsure about his newest teammate – be it because Owens has lost some of his elite play-making ability or because Owens still has a crappy reputation – he’d let it be known.

I’d already raised my confusion about why Cincinnati would sign Owens, but to Crocker, it was clear. And not only does Crocker not have a problem with Owens joining the squad, he’s really, really excited about it.

“I think it’s great,” Crocker said. “It just shows we’re trying to do everything, and it will add another piece to get us to the Super Bowl in Dallas in February. We have so many other guys on the team that have had question marks beside them as far as character is concerned, but our locker room is as strong as it gets. If T.O. is half of the player he was before he went to Buffalo, that’s going to be a great thing for us.”

The Bengals, as has been well documented, have become a paradise for players needing second and third chances. The term “Betty Ford Clinic for the NFL” has been bandied about quite often. Cedric Benson needed another chance. Chris Henry needed one. Larry Johnson needed one. Tank Johnson, Adam Jones, Matt Jones, Dezmon Briscoe, they all needed one. The list goes on to ridiculous lengths.

But in the past couple seasons, the questionable character signings haven’t affected the team chemistry.

“There’s one common goal, and there’s not one person or one man who can divide our locker room,” Crocker said. “That’s to get to the Super Bowl. There’s enough strong personalities and we have enough strong leadership that we won’t allow a bunch of dissension. As long as you’re a good person and willing to show you’ll do right, that’s all that matters.

“There are enough guys in the locker room where we police each other. Everybody has egos and strong personalities but we have guys who know how to take somebody to the side and talk to them about what’s going on. We don’t let things go. We handle issues in house and we take care of it and move on.”

I still wonder, though. How will the Bengals split touches between Ochocinco, Bryant, Owens, Benson, first-round pick TE Jermaine Gresham and everybody else on the roster?

“That’s a good problem to have,” said Dave Lapham, former Bengals OL and the team’s radio color commentator. “It’s going to have to be a case of unselfishness. You can’t double-team everybody. It’s kind of like pick your poison. It’s always better to have that problem than not have any weapons at all. But it’ll be interesting halfway through this season if T.O. is tracking low and not on track to make his incentives. Will he get in Carson’s face? That will be interesting to monitor."

Not everyone was so impressed with the Bengals signing. Browns CB Brandon McDonald wrote on his Twitter page in what only could be considered a classy status update: “TO to da Bengals huh??? Yessss, another piece of (fill in the blank here) fa da Browns secondary to run a train on...”

But if you discount the words of a player whose teams have gone 9-23 the past two years, it still seems like it’ll tough for everybody to get along, especially if Chad Ochocinco or Owens or Antonio Bryant aren’t getting the desired number of passes Carson Palmer throws their way.

“At the end of the day day, Carson controls who gets the ball,” Crocker said. “He’s going to throw the ball to whoever is open. He’s not going to play favorites. We don’t play favorites on this team. Chad is always open. From his standpoint, he’s always open and he’s always going to bitch if he doesn't get the ball. That’s what receivers do. But I know T.O. is going to come in and make plays. I’m excited, I really am. It’s going to be a hell of a year.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 5:18 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2010 5:48 pm
 

Why do the Bengals want Owens?

T. Owens at the ESPY Awards (Getty). I’m still a little confused about the interest shown to Terrell Owens by the Bengals. I wrote Monday about why owner Mike Brown likes him – Owens is still a good receiver and Brown considers himself a redeemer – and the Cincinnati Enquirer has reported that originally, Owens wanted $6 million of guaranteed money.

Today, TMZ tracked down Owens, and he said, “I know what I made last year ($6.5 million), so we’re trying to maybe cut that half and see what I can work with. I’m flexible.”

But even if Owens – who, at this point, isn’t going to the Rams or the Jets – makes $3 million of guaranteed money and gets an incentive-laden contract, I don’t quite see how he fits in with the Bengals.

There had been speculation that No. 2 WR Antonio Bryant – who signed a four-year, $28 million contract in the offseason – continues to have knee problems, but when I asked coach Marvin Lewis about that Monday, he said, “It has nothing to do with Antonio. We took steps in the spring to put Antonio into different spots, so he could play inside and play different spots. It’s not reflective of Antonio at all.”

So, say Bryant is healthy. With Chad Ochocinco as the No. 1 receiver and Bryant as No. 2, would Owens be content as the No. 3? Considering Andre Caldwell played the No. 3 spot relatively well last year and considering rookie Jordan Shipley will see plenty of playing time, how much is left over for Owens?

One positive in Owens’ favor: the Bengals don’t have much of a deep threat, and the coaches feel Owens showed last year in Buffalo that he still has the speed to be effective on go routes. Perhaps, that’s one option for him.

But remember this, it’s not like the Bengals were flinging the ball all over the field last year. Before he was injured, RB Cedric Benson was near the top of the league leaderboard in rushing attempts. There might be more passing plays added to the playbook this year, but this still won’t be the Bengals of a few years ago when it was the Carson Palmer-T.J. Houshmandzadeh-Chad Johnson show.

If the Bengals sign Owens, he’s sure to make the roster. That would leave Quan Cosby, Matt Jones and Jerome Simpson fighting for the final spot. Is Owens better than the three of them? Yes, probably. But is he worth a new contract? I’m just not sure I see the point.

UPDATE (5:34 p.m.): Pro Football Talk is reporting that Owens has signed with the Bengals.

UPDATE (5:46 p.m.): The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy reports it's a one-year deal for $2 million base pay and with $2 million worth of incentives.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 2:59 pm
 

Bengals serious about signing Terrell Owens

CINCINNATI – Bengals owner Mike Brown and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis haven’t always agreed when personnel issues arise.

Brown fancies himself a redeemer – which is why the Bengals always seem to bring in players of ill repute – while Lewis is constantly trying to keep a harmonious locker room with no single individual who feels he can run amok. The most infamous disagreement occurred in 2007 when Brown re-signed WR Chris Henry over Lewis’ public objections.

Today at the annual Bengals media preseason luncheon, Brown seemed excited about the possibility of adding Terrell Owens, saying he looked into Owens’ eyes when the two met earlier this year and came away convinced Owens could add to the team without taking anything away. Lewis, at least in months past, hasn’t seemed keen on the idea of bringing on another receiver that attempts to hijack all the attention of the locker room.

But perhaps QB Carson Palmer changed his coach’s perception last week when he worked out with Owens in California and called to give Lewis his positive report.

“Carson’s comments to me … let’s just say … they resonate well,” Lewis said. “I know when Carson has something on his mind when he calls me and I call him back from an unknown number and he answers. I know something serious was on his mind.”

The Bengals, it turns out, are serious about wanting to sign Owens – who also is attracting strong interest from the Rams.

“We’re talking with his representatives and with him,” Brown said. “When he was here, I met with him personally. Privately, he’s not the same as his public image is depicted. He’s a pleasant person. He’s a quiet person. I found him engaging. I do trust my own eyes on this sort of thing. If he chooses to come here, he could help our team. We’ll see how that plays out. It’s his decision.

“I judge him by what I see. There’s a lot of commentary about people who are in the public eye. Some of it is way overboard. Some it is because people don’t know the whole situation. Yes, people can make mistakes. It doesn’t mean they go on the rest of their lives making mistakes. They can get their ship pointed in the right direction. This is a 36-year old man. He’s been through a lot. He’s proven as a player.”

The Bengals, from a personnel stance, don’t really need to make this move. Owens wasn’t great in Buffalo last year – though, to be fair, Ryan Fitzpatrick was the one throwing passes his way – and the Bengals have plenty of depth in their receivers room.

Chad Ochocinco is No. 1 and free agent acquisition Antonio Bryant – who the Bengals signed instead of Owens – is the No. 2 receiver. At best, Owens would be the No. 3 threat, but it’s clear Andre Caldwell would try to stake his claim there. Plus, rookie Jordan Shipley, an inside receiver, was impressive in offseason workouts and is a lock to make the roster. Cincinnati also has youth at the position with third-year player Jerome Simpson and second-year player Quan Cosby fighting with Matt Jones for the final roster spots.

“Somebody is going to get stifled,” Lewis said. “There’s no way around that. It’s one of the difficulties of professional sports is that balance. What is the best thing for 2010 and long-range and trying to fit that balance together.”

So, why bring in Owens? Simple, Brown said. He’s still a good player.

“He changes field position,” Brown said. “He makes a lot of long plays, plays that win games. I’d rather have him line up on our side of the ball than the other side of the ball.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 8:58 am
 

Chad Ochocinco decides to pick on 'other' Jets CB

Chad Ochocinco made a habit last year of trying to smack talk Darrelle Revis, only Revis decided that instead of running his mouth back, he'd just buy Chad a month-long vacation at a secluded island during January 2009 (two games, two catches, 28 yards, no TDs, one knee injury).

Since then, Ochocinco hasn't had as much to say about Revis; understandably so. Now it appears he's turning to Antonio Cromartie to run his mouth. Mercifully, they are both on Twitter .
Ochocinco: @A_Cromartie31 wake up, you can fake an injury when we play or get your ass routed up, which one?

Cromartie: u talkin a lil bit to early. U betta worry abt self b4 talking to me like that. Cause I will baptize u any day and time

Ochocinco: baptized huh? Man i got the keys to #Alcrotraz, i like that nickname by the way

Cromartie: this not a zone d I was in b4 I'm in ur face the whole game. On alCROtraz u will b thrown into solitary confinement with no food. u betta worry abt who u elimating tonight then me cause this is far from what u want.

Ochocinco: lmao, good come back.
The only thing that's LMAO worthy about this situation is that, if Cro is spending a lot of his time guarding Ochocinco, it probably means that Antonio Bryant -- or Terrell Owens! -- has surpassed 85 as the top target on the Bengals.

And while that might mean more open coverage and better stats for the wideout, it also means the awkward scenario of not picking them up against the game's best corner.

-- Will Brinson

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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 22, 2010 8:41 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 9:22 am
 

Another (gasp!) NFL reality show?

Just when you thought your need for reality TV shows starring NFL players had been satiated, think again. How would you feel about seeing Dolphins RB Ricky Williams take you on a journey inside his life?

Apparently, it could happen, writes the Sun-Sentinel .

This, from the story:

"We're talking with Ricky Williams who we think is just a terrific character," Juma Entertainment founder Robert Horowitz told SportsBusinessDaily.com in an interview posted Wednesday, "and trying to come up with the right idea for him. So we're actively involved there. We have a couple NBA players that we're looking at, in baseball we're looking at. Just very, very careful to find the right story because it takes a lot of time to develop and then take it to market so that you really want to make sure that what you have can sell."

One small request: no dating shows, please. I saw the first episode of Chad Ochocinco’s “The Ultimate Catch,” and that’s all I could handle. Maybe, I don’t know, you could film Williams while he hangs out in a tent in Australia or something.

UPDATE (9:21 AM ET): According to the Miami Herald , Williams says it wouldn't be a realty show. It would be a TRAVEL show.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 12, 2010 12:41 am
 

I watched this so you don't have to

C. Ochocinco (Getty) I’ve helped cover the Bengals the last several years, so I’ve gotten to know Chad Ochocinco a little better than most. I’ve recorded his outlandish quotes, I’ve covered his antics, I’ve been blown off with the rest of the media corps when he’s in one of his surly moods.

Mostly, I’m a little jaded by him. When the Bengals starred in last year’s Hard Knocks on HBO, I had a few friends who, after watching him and his winning personality, immediately became big Ochocinco fans. They hadn’t been exposed to him before – except for the end zone dances – and because he is funny and charming, he reeled them into his world.

Now, he’s become a reality TV superstar. He was on Dancing with the Stars this spring, but overall, that didn’t seem to go very well. Now, he’s starring in his own reality dating show, The Ultimate Catch , on VH1.

I’ve decided to watch the premiere and blog a review. Let me warn you: I’m a little tired of Ochocinco’s act, but I’ll remain as objective as I can be. Needless to say, this show is going to have to impress me in order for me to give it a positive review. Remember, I’m watching this so you don’t have to.

-Oh lord, it’s a 90-minute premiere. I was hoping for an hour-long show. Tops. How much Ochocinco can one man take on a Sunday night?

-Looks like he’s going to be playing the narrator to his show, facing the camera with a cardigan sweater and a tie. Kind of like hip Mr. Rogers. Anyway, he’s explaining the two catch phrases he’s known for – “Child, please” and “Kiss the Baby.” But if he’s so well known for them, why does he have to explain what they mean?

-We’re starting out at the Rose Bowl, where 85 attractive women are pretending to stretch in the locker room in their short shorts and midriff-revealing jerseys before they go out to meet Ochocinco on the field. They’re told they’ll go through a mini-camp before Ochocinco cuts down the roster to 17.

- Bernard Berrian, Vikings WR, is apparently along for the ride. He’s like The Ultimate Catch’s Chris Harrison. I wonder what catch phrases Berrian is known for?

-There’s no question that Ochocinco can be a funny guy. Witness his comment when he first sees the 85 ladies that are “trying out” to be his ultimate catch: “I haven’t seen this many girls on the football field since the last time we played the Steelers.”

-Wow, that’s cold. He looks at a few of the girls once, and he tells them they’re cut. They’re not even done stretching, and girls are running off the field because they’ve been axed. He cuts 17 girls at first glance. Then, he calls a bunch into a huddle, only to cut them all.

-You’ve gotta like Jasmine’s honesty: “I’m about to s--- a 12 ½ pound baby, I’m so nervous.”

-The drills Ochocinco are running include: the hugging station (with blocking sleds that have Ochocinco’s picture where his face should be), the end zone dance, and the trash talking zone. Ochocinco was right when he said this show was all about dignity and grace. Like when No. 81 straddles the blocking sled and pretends to hump the pretend Ochocinco. Needless to say, Ochocinco cuts her immediately.

-Ten minutes in, and my wife has exited the room. She’s had enough. And she LOVES dating shows.

-When I was a waiter in high school, I had this theory: if you were a bad server, the customer would leave you a crappy tip. But if you were a REALLY bad server, you’d get 20 percent or more. Emma just proved my theory correct. She can’t catch a football, and she admits she doesn’t dance well. But Ochocinco kind of digs that about her and confirms that she’s made his first cut.

-Good thing. Jasmine won’t have to s--- that 12 ½ pound baby after all. She’s made the first cut. I think Jasmine might be the early blog favorite.

-Uh oh, Jasmine is already starting trouble, trying to save a bed for one of her friends, even though there's clearly a red purse from another woman already on the bed. Says Jasmine, “You’re about to wake up with a face full of lipstick on your eyebrows.” Exactly.

-Looks like Ochocinco is doing this NCAA tournament bracket style. Funny story, that’s actually how I chose my wife.

-Stereotype No. 2 (after Jasmine’s stereotype No. 1): Katie, the ranch girl who likes to chew straw in her teeth and who can’t dance because “I’m white.”

-Terrell Owens makes a non-surprising surprise appearance. Why is he here? Oh yeah, he has a reality show on this very same network.

-You have to admit the five-piece band is a nice touch.

-So much for Owens as Ochocinco’s wingman. He’s actually hitting on some of the women at the house. Hmm, that’s actually pretty intriguing. I wonder if the cameras for Owens’ show are rolling as well.

-It’s interesting that when Ochocinco is talking to these girls, he’s crossing his arms across his chest. He’s either a little withdrawn or he’s a little nervous.

-Berrien asks Lisa why she thinks Ochocinco is going to pick her? “I travel all the time. I’m very pretty. I don’t know if it’s bad or good.” Then, she tells some nonsensical story about being hit with a bottle rocket, which set her hair on fire. This show is equal parts ridiculous and awesome. Well, not equal parts, but you know.

-When Courtney sits on Ochocinco’s lap in front of the fire, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a reality show star who’s participating in his own dating show look so uncomfortable.

-Jasmine can not believe that Candice went outside with Owens – who asks for her phone number. Jasmine is shocked. Just shocked. But you can’t outfox Candice. She knows there are cameras all around. She refuses Owens’ advances.

-Somehow, I look up and my wife is back in the room watching. She allows that the women on this show make the girls on the Bachelor look brilliant.

-Owens confesses to Ochocinco about him and Candice, and how that maybe Candice would have given up her number if there weren’t cameras all around. Ochocinco is shocked. Just shocked.

-So I’m confused. The winner gets the huge diamond ring, and … what? Is that it? I didn’t expect Ochocinco to drop to a knee or anything, but all they get is an expensive ring? At least Bret Michaels offers the possibility of love.

-The bracket comes into play as we near the show’s end. Ochocinco is picking the girls he likes best, No. 1 through No. 16, and I guess they’ll compete against each other one-on-one. No. 17 is done. How would it feel to be, say, girl No. 15? Probably not great. But hey, you survive into the second show of the season.

-And No. 17 and the one who’s out: Cynthia, who somehow annoyed Ochocinco with how much she talked. Yep, she’s got to go.

-The final review: Well, it’s no Rock of Love/I Love New York/Flavor of Love; it’s actually a bit classier than that. It was what I expected. A show that’s a little stupid featuring a guy who loves the camera (but isn’t necessarily all that dynamic in front of it), but it was somewhat entertaining. The person who came off the best in this show (except, of course, for Jasmine). Bernard Berrian. Maybe he should have his own dating show. Or at least his own catch phrase.


--Josh Katzowitz

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