Tag:Cincinnati Bengals
Posted on: September 2, 2010 3:45 pm

Ochocino buys dinner for 64 lucky fans

Posted by Will Brinson

Yesterday, Chad Ochocinco started tweeting about people meeting him at a restaurant in Indianapolis, claiming that he would buy the first 64 people there dinner. He followed up on that ... by buying 64 fans in Indy dinner.

The dinner at St. Elmo's Steakhouse , was also funded for the Bengals. Regardless, it was popular.

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio spoke to Todd Wright of Sporting News Radio (who has a "source" at St. Elmo's apparently) and he relayed the news that Ocho "was very cordial and took great care of employees."

This isn't going to be a one time event though: Ochocinco announced on his Twitter feed that he planned on meeting up with fans in every city that the Bengals traveled to, "especially" New York and Atlanta.

Needless to say, this whole slew of public goodwill events are going to be immensely more popular than Chad's touchdown celebration idea for Week 1, which he announced on, duh, Twitter: "If i am able to score Week 1 in New England i will be taking the Minute Men rifle and firing as they do when the PATS score."

Don't get me wrong -- that would be pretty awesome too, just not likely to be as popular with the league.
Posted on: August 30, 2010 1:00 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 8:55 am

Bengals waive beloved leader Rashad Jeanty

Posted by Andy Benoit

Teams must trim their rosters from 80 to 75 by Tuesday afternoon. The Cincinnati Bengals are getting their work done early. After releasing wide receiver Antonio Bryant, Cincinnati waived linebacker Rashad Jeanty on Monday.
R. Jeanty
Jeanty, winner of the team’s Ed Block Courage Award, was waived on the basis of injury (failed physical). The backup strongside linebacker broke his fibula on the opening kickoff of the Wild Card loss to the Jets this past January. He underwent a medical procedure in spring and missed training camp in order to rehab in Florida.

After entering the NFL as a former CFL star in 2006, Jeanty earned a reputation as a ferocious hitter and reliable leader. Coaches greatly appreciated the way he helped Rey Maualuga navigate his rookie season.

The Bengals have plenty of depth to replace Jeanty -- especially given that 2009 third-round pick Michael Johnson has turned heads since moving from defensive end to strongside linebacker.

In other Bengals news, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports that the team has also put backup safety Tom Nelson on PUP (ankle).

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 1:17 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2010 2:04 pm

Antonio Bryant released by Bengals, Coles by Jets

Posted by Will Brinson

The Bengals somehow found themselves overstocked at the previously thin wideout position, and many wondered if they regretted signing Antonio Bryant as a free agent in the offseason. The answer appears to be "yes," because the team announced today that they have released Bryant, a move that has been anticipated for a few days .

That's according to the official Bengals' Twitter feed, where they announced that "Antonio Bryant released along with Mike Windt."

The Maxwell adage about being "big enough to admit mistakes, smart enough to profit from them and strong enough to correct them" has never been so true -- the Bengals overpaid for Bryant (when they could have just signed eventual Bengal Terrell Owens in the first place) and once they got Owens and rookie Jordan Shipley on board, realized they didn't need him.

With his health issues clearly too much for him to overcome in order to get on the football field, they apparently decided the best move was simply to cut him and move on.

Bryant will go down as one of the worst Bengals' personnel decisions in a few years (which is almost epically impressive), because, even provided that they reach some sort of settlement with him, he never saw the field for Cincy. And while Andre Smith -- to name another recent blunder -- is a jiggling pile of draft day embarrassment, at least he wasn't the equivalent of flushing several million dollars down the toilet, like Bryant.Upd

Update (1:45) : I somehow forgot to mention that Laveranues Coles was cut by the Jets. Which means it's gotta be a fun day to say "I make front office decisions for Cincinnati."

Update (2:00) : Joe Reedy reports that LaMont Smith, Bryant's agent, intends to pursue Bryant's base salary of $1.55 million for this year, saying, "Our opposition is you can’t cut a guy if he’s hurt. We know what the rules are. We expect to be paid his salary for the year."

So that should be a very cordial discussion and an easy million and a half to get from the Bengals.

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 1:14 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2010 1:36 pm

NFL comic counterpoint: Florence as 'Mr. Freeze'

Posted by Will Brinson

Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco have been parading around town, when Ochocinco isn't getting booted from Apple stores for Ustreaming, using the phrase "Batman and Robin" just enough to make sure that we all know that Ocho isn't threatened by Owens' usurping his role as "loud-mouthed wideout who craves attention."

But lest you think the nicknaming will end there, well, it won't -- Drayton Florence, Buffalo cornerback, dubbed himself "Mr. Freeze" in anticipation of tonight's preseason game against the Bengals.

"We don't want to go out there and just see how we match up. We want to dominate," safety Donte Whitner said. "We're not trying to play around. We want to go out there and try to solidify ourselves as one of the top secondaries in the league."

That's pretty awesome -- I don't care what Roger Goodell and the rest of the people in the NFL office think (I mean, I do care , just that I prefer my opinion in this particular case), it's fun as hell to see teams do funny stuff like this in anticipation of certain matchups. The very reason I love Ochocinco is that he sent the Browns' cornerbacks Maalox a few years back ... even if he didn't own up and change his name back when Darrelle Revis dominated him.

Chan Gailey, for his part, doesn't really care for nicknames .

“Obviously they’re both good players,” he said. ”I didn’t know we had nicknames for them. Whatever. Good for them I guess. It doesn’t matter. They’re like everybody else, you’ve got to produce on game day.”

With the Patriots, Ravens, Panthers and Browns coming up on the schedule, if anyone wants to avoid getting stuck with "The Penguin," they better start hustling to claim the various monikers of the Dark Knight's nemeses.

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 2:16 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2010 9:35 am

Bengals set to release WR Antonio Bryant

Posted by Andy Benoit
A. Bryant
Bob Glauber of Newsday reports that the Bengals are about to release wide receiver Antonio Bryant. This comes just months after the Bengals signed Bryant to a four-year, $28 million contract. Bryant’s bad knee turned out to be worse than originally expected (the bad knee was a large reason why the Bucs released Bryant early in the offseason).

Details are not yet known, but we imagine there has to be some sort of injury settlement involved. We’ll keep you posted.

Less than 24 hours ago, Bryant said he was “really close” to being healthy again. The Bengals, obviously, think otherwise. (It’s easy to think otherwise when you have a star No. 2 receiver like Terrell Owens, an improving young possession receiver like Andre Caldwell and an intriguing third-round rookie like Jordan Shipley.)

For Bryant, this could be the end of an up-and-down career. He was one of the most acclaimed wide receivers in the country at Pitt, but attitude concerns dropped him to the third round of the 2002 draft, where he was selected by the Cowboys. He showed flashes of brilliance in Dallas but butted heads with Bill Parcells (the wrong man to butt heads with).

After being released during the 2004 season, Bryant spent time with the Browns and 49ers, flashing more brilliance but also an alarming temper and lack of maturity. He fell out of football completely in 2007. Having ostensibly learned a few lessons, Bryant returned in 2008 and posted over 1,200 yards for the Buccaneers. But last season, Bryant’s knee betrayed him.

Now 29, Bryant finds himself with millions in the bank but a steep uphill climb if he wants to continue his career.

UPDATE: Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer thinks three options remain on the table with Bryant: his release, going on I.R. or simply staying with the team.  

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 10:49 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 10:50 pm

OchocincO's: the NFL's most exciting cereal?

Posted by Will Brinson

So, we're way late on this, but it doesn't make it any less awesome: Chad Ochocinco has his own cereal.

Just as Terrell Owens had his "TO's" through PLB Sports, now too does Esteban have OchocincO's .

“Chad is a great personality, and with his involvement in social media and his interaction with the fans, he was an athlete that we were very excited to work with,” said PLB Sports President Ty Ballou. “One way or another, America has learned and is continuing to learn more about Chad Ochocinco off the field, and they’re finding out how great he is. Who wouldn’t want to share a breakfast table with him?”

I, for one, would prefer to share dinner -- Ochocinco tweeted about some seriously delicious, Southern-style greens and chicken he was grubbing on Wednesday night, and I almost cooked up the same thing, except mom brought leftover meatloaf downstairs, and I wasn't hungry anymore.

Look, a lot of people are "over" Ochocinco, and that's fine (it's mostly football fans -- my girlfriend literally cannot watch "Ultimate Catch" enough; it's ironically depressing). But PLB Sports is smart when it comes down to creating athlete-related cereal.

They're the one's behind not only TO's breakfast munchies, but "Flutie Flakes" and "Kurt Warner's Crunch Time Cereal," which, according to CNBC's Darren Rovell , is the top-selling PLB brand, having sold over 300,000 boxes back when people cared about the Rams.

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Image via Sports Business Digest
Posted on: August 24, 2010 2:38 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 5:30 pm

Ochocinco a little lighter in wallet today

C. Ochocinco shown here in pregame warmups before the Philadelphia preseason game (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Subscribing to the theory that a fool and his money are soon parted, Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco has been fined $25,000 for violating the NFL’s policy on social media during last Saturday’s exhibition with the Eagles.

According to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, Ochocinco actually violated two NFL rules: possession of an electronic device and posting messages on a social networking site during a game.

It's not a surprising move, as Andy wrote here minutes after Ochocinco’s violation.

The policy states a player is prohibited from using social media 90 minutes before the game until after the postgame media session is complete.

The game Saturday began at 8:07 p.m., and Ochocinco had a post at 6:50 (“Just talk with Kelly Washington , DeSean Jackson, Geoff Pope, Hank Baskett and I caught a ball from Mike Vick, I love prw-game warm up”) and at 9:53 p.m. during the game (“Man Im sick of getting hit like that , its the damn preseason s---! 1day I'm gone jump up and start throwing hay makers , #Tylenolplease”).

You can see the offending remarks on his Twitter page here .

Ochocinco, of course, knew he was going to take a fine from the NFL. In fact, I think he takes pride in it. For what reason? I don’t know. To be a so-called “rebel?” To show people how much money he’s got? To prove that he’s some kind of happy-go-lucky man-child?

Not to say that Ochocinco isn’t generous or charitable – because I know that he is – but it would be nice that instead of being so outlandish in breaking the NFL rules (and paying the exorbitant fees that come with it) he would donate that money to somebody who really needs it.

UPDATE (2:55 p.m.):
And just because we're already knee-deep in Ochocinco's ridiculousness, check out this link from the Cincinnati Business CourierOchocinco is launching (yep, you guessed it) his own cereal. I'll leave it at that.

UPDATE (5:30 p.m.): Ochocinco has Tweeted about his fine: "Dear NFL I apologize for tweeting during the game but that was 2 monthsof my Bugatti payments you just took from me,I won't do it again."

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 4:52 pm

T.O.: the next Bill Shakespeare?

Posted by Andy Benoit

You may have heard about the open letter Terrell Owens wrote to Bengals fans in the Cincinnati Enquirer Friday. While no one is describing T.O. as the next Thomas Paine, he seems to be getting plenty of praise.

There’s a discussion to be had here. On the one hand, the motif of Owens’s letter is basically “team first, it’s all about winning.” That’s good. But on the other hand, is it really putting the team first when you write a letter to the fan base to begin with? You think the Bengals asked Owens to do that? Of all the free agents who have joined new teams in NFL history, how many felt it necessary to write a letter to the new fan base? (And after signing a one-year contract, no less.)

Below is the letter. It’s up to you – fair or foul?

Dear Bengals Nation,

Feb. 6, 2011 is now marked on my calendar with a big orange circle. As I joined the Cincinnati Bengals and continue my career I'm very excited with the opportunity to be in pursuit of the championship.

First off, I'm thankful to Mike Brown and the Bengals organization for giving me another opportunity to play football.

Second, I'm certain in life nothing is guaranteed - but for us to win the Super Bowl it will take a total team effort.

Third, I'm promising you that the focus will be stronger than you've ever seen it. Life isn't always easy but it's the bumps along the way that makes you stronger. With my "me against the world" mentality as a young man, I've learned that life can be more challenging but I've matured.

If it wasn't for the support of my grandmother and the love of my family and true friends, I would be lost. My faith, confidence and maturity keeps me strong and focused on more than just T.O.

The Bengals are now my extended family and I look forward to learning more about your city, teammates, coaches and you all. This is my home and I'm happy to be in the Midwest. I'm confident in our team's chances of winning the title, so anything less than the playoffs is unacceptable to us. It will definitely take a fight but if my gut is correct, Who Dey Nation will be proud this season. I signed here for a reason.

With hard work and unity, this team will restore power and respect. We're focused on playing in Texas on Feb. 6. Just take a look at my calendar, the date is saved. Let's make the Jungle roar this season!

Yours truly,

Terrell Owens aka T.O. aka "I'm Batman!"

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