Tag:Chad Ochocinco
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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Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:21 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2010 5:55 pm

Ochocinco has sympathy for Cleveland

Never missing an opportunity to inject himself into the national spotlight – particularly with his reality show on VH1 premiering Sunday – Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco gave his opinion on LeBron James' move to the Miami Heat.

“It’s not the traditional way that players really go about delivering a message, but LeBron being the caliber of player that he is with everyone on pins and needles wanting to find out what would happen, I wouldn’t blame it on LeBron,” said Ochocinco, a Miami native, on the Dan Patrick radio show Friday. “I’d blame it on the media that allowed it to happen. If you weren’t going to like it, don’t watch it. LeBron did what was best for him and his career. I feel bad for the fans of Cleveland because he invested his time and his heart with him and did all he could to help them win a championship and I feel it’s the owner’s job to build the team around him to make that possible and it didn’t happen. He honored his contract and he went elsewhere.”

He also asked this question of the sports fans in Ohio: “Shouldn’t the people of Ohio not feel that bad that LeBron is gone when you still have me to watch every Sunday?”

Then, Ochocinco made a bold prediction.

“I just talked to Pat Riley,” Ochocinco said after predicting the Bengals would win the Super Bowl. “When I see the ends, I’ll be coming off the bench for the Heat. I can average 10 points per game. I might be the first player to get two rings in one year.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 11:50 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 12:03 am

Breaking down Bengals receivers

CINCINNATI The Bengals on Tuesday released WR Chris Davis, and though the team had signed him to a free agent deal in March, the transaction was not surprising. Not surprising in the least.

Cincinnatis receiving room, after all, is awfully crowded and awfully loaded with talent. Some deserving players will not make the 53-man roster, and after the final offseason workout of the year, Bengals receivers coach Mike Sheppard glowed with the anticipation of who hell work with when the season begins.

Theyve been challenged, Sheppard said. Its always fun to see how a group responds to a challenge.

Without Davis around, 10 receivers will vie for what should be six spots when the team breaks camp for the regular season its not impossible the Bengals would take seven receivers, but its highly unlikely. Of those 10, four are most likely locks Chad Ochocinco, free agent signee Antonio Bryant, third-round draft pick Jordan Shipley (perhaps the most impressive player during last weeks mini-camp) and Andre Caldwell who Sheppard pointed out was faster than anybody else at the position and who was invaluable at times last season.

That leaves Matt Jones, Quan Cosby, Jerome Simpson, Dezmon Briscoe, Maurice Purify, and Freddie Brown battling for the other two spots. Lets rank their chances of making this squad.

Jones: Hes tall, and he seems to have good hands. Plus, hes a former college QB, so when you want to pull out a trick play or two, hed be a good candidate. But his feet have been slow, and hes been out of the NFL for a year. Hes been solid, but not spectacular.

Cosby: His biggest strength at least, last year is his punt returning ability, as evidenced by his 11.9 yard return average and the fact he led the league in return yards (he also led the league, it should be noted, in punts returned). He began to have an impact in the passing game late in the season, but his height (5-foot-9) doesnt help. Plus, hell have competition at punt return with Adam Jones and Shipley on the squad.

Simpson: The second-round pick from 2008 has been a big disappointment for the Bengals hes been active for only eight of his 32 career games while making one measly catch for two yards. Simpson, knowing hell have a tough time making the squad this year, had a fantastic offseason, but there are still questions about how well he knows the playbook.

Briscoe: Until he missed much of the offseason with a groin injury, the coaching staff was really high on the sixth-round pick. His former receiver coach at Kansas called him the best receiver hed ever mentored, and his leaping ability is tops on the Bengals squad. Hes got some ridiculous highlights from college, but hes missed out by being absent for so many practices.

Purify: We dont know much about Purify, because hes only played five games in his two NFL seasons (hes spent most of his time on the Bengals practice squad). But hes a special teams stalwart, and last season, he provided the highlight of training camp by dominating SS Roy Williams quite a hard hitter himself in the Oklahoma drill.

Brown: If we dont know much about Purify, we know even less about Brown, except that the local scribes enjoy calling him Downtown Freddie Brown. Id be shocked if Brown made the roster.

So, my prediction for who makes the squad? Well, its tough to say before training camp, but the Facts & Rumors blog aims to please. Im thinking Briscoe and Cosby will make it. I could see Simpson making a run at a spot, but hed have to have an outstanding camp to have a shot. I don't think he'll play well enough to manage it.

--Josh Katzowitz

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