Tag:Cincinnati Bengals
Posted on: August 8, 2010 4:58 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2010 5:02 pm

Owens discusses Jerry Jones, Romo relationships

Posted by Will Brinson

Terrell Owens, as is typical of the wide receiver, didn't leave Dallas on a good note.

Fortunately -- for the media anyway -- he's playing Dallas tonight in the 2010 Hall of Fame game, this time as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. (Quick aside: Um, football's here. YEEEESSS.) So, naturally, Owens was asked about his run with the Cowboys. From David Moore of the Dallas Morning-News :

"I think it was short-lived,'' Owens said. "I was prematurely let go. Things like that happen. You have to take the bitter with the sweet and you move on.

"Do I think I probably should still be there? Yeah. But that's not the case. You deal with that situation as it comes. I think a lot of people know there are some unfortunate things that happened there.

"Again, I still stand by the things I said and what was done and I know it wasn't my fault.''

That's not necessarily unfair -- Owens was plenty productive with Dallas, but it became clear that things weren't working out between the player and the organization.

Or, at least, some in the organization, because Owens feels like if Jerry Jones had "the ultimate decision" he would still be a Cowboy. Which is silly. Because, newsflash, Jones DOES have the final call on all things Cowboys.

Perhaps instead, a "more favorite" Cowboy wasn't a big Owens fan? His response to a question about his relationship with Tony Romo -- "I don't know ... I certainly don't have much to say about that" -- opens that possibility, though.

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 6:27 pm

Terrell Owens realistic about his incentives

Terrell Owens is realistic about some of the incentives in his one-year contract with the Bengals. Take the $333,333 bonus for 100 catches, for example. “I know that’s an unreachable goal,” Owens said in a surprisingly in-depth and hard-cutting interview with the Bengals website.” It is what it is. Malcontent? Check my statistics. I’ve had 100 catches one time in my career. One. So go figure.”T. Owens (US Presswire)

It was a risky move for the Bengals to lace Owens’s contract with $2 million in incentives. Is there any player in the league who needs less encouragement to dwell on his own numbers than T.O.? Owens was asked if it bothered him that so much of his contract was incentive-based:

“No, it is what it is at this point. I know I’m very skillful. I know I’m very productive. I definitely took a pay cut to grasp the opportunity to win a Super Bowl. Like I said I know I’m worth more than what I’m being paid. But I’m here playing with my good friend Chad and playing with a team that definitely has an opportunity to win the Super Bowl.”

Owens also said he is cool with Donovan McNabb now. But he doesn’t regret the stuff that led to his exile from Philadelphia:

“No I don’t. I probably could have done some things differently. I guess had I been more mature there would have been a better way to go about some things. Maybe not being so vocal. As far as my stance, my situation and things that were said from where I stood, I wasn’t at fault. I can honestly say it because there was some staff that even know it wasn’t my fault. What can they do? Again, everybody knew the situation, but you’re only going to know what’s being reported.”

These are just minor snippets of the interview. Click here if you’d like to read the whole thing.

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: August 4, 2010 5:16 pm

AFC North Preview, Podcast Style

Just like Monday, it's preview time, podcast style. Wednesday's edition features the AFC North.

Anyway, Josh and I run through the division, asking the hard questions: Has the Ravens dominant side of the ball shifted? What will happen with the circus in Cincinnati? Can the Steelers contend with Big Ben suspended? And why does Cleveland still have sports teams?

That's, right: all that and more, all for the low, low price of clicking a play button. Got a question you want answered on the show? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL ) or email will.brinson [at] cbs [dot] com .

We'll be running out a few of these a week, so there's plenty of time. Oh, and also, be a friend and subscribe either by RSS or iTunes below.

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-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 5:30 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 6:49 pm

Jermaine Gresham agrees with Bengals

And then there were three ... unsigned first-rounders, that is, since Jermaine Gresham and the Cincinnati Bengals agreed to a five-year contract.

The news was broken by the ever-vigilant OchoCinco News Network , which in no way uses its connections with the Bengals and the NFL to get the scoop on stories.

Sarcasm aside, OchoCinco is correct in calling Gresham "another weapon" -- the Oklahoma product won't be the No. 1 option (or the No. 2, for that matter) on the Bengals, and his stats may not be obscene during his rookie season, but he's going to be a spectacular bailout target for Carson Palmer.

Say whatever you want about the nature of the personalities on the Bengals, but their offensive output should be improved this year, as teams are more likely to be punished if they double Chad Ochocinco.

Update (6:00 PM): Joe Reedy reports via Twitter that the deal is worth $15.85 million (and a max of $18.5 million) with $9.6 million guaranteed.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 6:35 pm

Score one for T.O.

You hate to say it, but today, new Bengals WR Terrell Owens made a pretty good point. True, he, like Chad Ochocinco, is a WR diva – moreso than most (OK, he didn’t say that; that’s just my interjection), but (and this he did say) he doesn’t understand all the criticism, particularly when he’s never been in trouble with the law.

Here’s what he told reporters, as transcribed by the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy:

“If you’re doing something good, nine times out of 10 they’re not going to say anything good about you,” Owens said. “I pride myself with the fact that my grandmother raised me right and taught me right from wrong. You see guys that had DUIs, domestic violence, club altercations and rape violations and then myself I get thrown into the same category as those guys and I can’t see how that is. Again, it’s ignorance if you ask me. I’ve had no off the field problems and it’s mind boggling.

“If you look at some of the things on the sideline they have been blown out of proportion. You can’t hear the audio but the commentators they seem to know what I’m thinking but if it’s somebody else doing those sideline tirades then it’s all them being positive, them lifting the team and being a team leader. But if it’s myself it’s a total opposite.

“If you see other quarterbacks or team leaders doing that, then that is what they say. They’re being team leaders. But if it’s me I’m being a distraction and they want to throw me off the team. They want to call me a cancer. It’s unfair, but it’s something I have to deal with and I’ve dealt with it over the years and it is what it is.”

Perhaps, we’d have more sympathy for Owens if he hasn’t acted like such an ass for much of his career – publicly bitching to and at his quarterbacks, slamming the ball on the Cowboys star, doing sit-ups in his driveway, etc. – but yeah, he’s right. He shouldn’t be treated like a criminal.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 3:30 pm

No suspension for Cedric Benson

In a somewhat surprising move, Roger Goodell has chosen not suspend Bengals running back Cedric Benson for violatiC. Benson (US Presswire)ng the league’s Personal Conduct Policy. Adam Schefter first reported the story. Benson was arrested in Austin, TX and charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly punching an employee of Annie's West bar in the face. Goodell met with Benson last week and, apparently, came away sold on Benson’s side of the story. (Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis backed Benson days earlier.)

Many people believe Benson is a previous offender of the conduct policy because of his BWI (boating while intoxicated) and DWI arrests in the summer of 2008. But those charges were both dropped. Thus, Goodell may have simply viewed Benson as a player with no prior record.

-- Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 29, 2010 12:35 pm

Five questions (or more) with Mike Brown

Bengals owner Mike Brown is an elusive interview. For the most part, he does one Bengals on-the-record session per year. It occurs at the Bengals media preseason luncheon, and it’s there that reporters gather to ask all the questions they’ve saved up for the year. This season, we had plenty of fodder to discuss: Terrell Owens (this was before Owens actually signed), the potential for a lockout, and a possible Marvin Lewis contract extension.

The following is part of the exchange that reporters, including CBSSports.com, had with Brown.

1. Reporters: What are you most excited about coming into the season?

Mike Brown: I thought last year we had a successful season. We just didn’t end on the note we wanted to end on. And that rankles. We’ve proved we have a good team. If we’re healthy, we’re a team that can play with anyone. We have ambitions to have that one golden year. This year, more than most in recent times, I think we have a better shot at it.

2. Reporters (after talking with Brown about why he likes Owens so much): Are you one of those guys who always sees the good in people? You saw good in other people that maybe other people didn’t.

MB: I don’t profess to do anything but judge people the way I see them. I’m not going to defend that. I have the right to do it, and I choose to do it. Do I see good in people? I think most people have good in them. I don’t think there are many that don’t. Our job is to get that out of them.

3. Reporters: How are things progressing with Marvin? Do you guys hope to have an extension by the end of the season?

MB: The deal with Marvin is an internal matter. We’ve had discussions. He knows I hold him in the highest regard. I’m not going to get in a public conversation about that. He’s done an excellent job here. When we have something to say about it, I’ll be pleased to do it. That isn’t now.

4. CBSSports.com: With the CBA coming to an end, where do you see that going? The probability of a lockout, do you see that happening?

MB: Things will be unsettled for the league once (the CBA expires). I just think we have to be patient. Both sides want the same thing. They want an agreement. I think there will be an agreement. But those are hands other than mine. I have to be just like you – sit and watch and wait.

Reporters: In what ways has the potential for a work stoppage affected the way you do business?

MB: We’re aware there’s a threat. We have tailored certain things to meet that possibility. In my heart of hearts, I just think we’re going to be out there playing. I will believe it when I see if we aren’t.

5. Reporters: Is there any need for a first-round draft pick to have an agent? A lawyer, yes. An accountant, maybe.

MB: In my position, I don’t know why we pay two or three percent – whatever it is – to somebody who tells players it’s ok to sign. That never made a lot of sense to me. I’ve been in this business when there were no agents. I’ve been in this business where there have been different systems. The people who are skeptical may doubt it, but I can tell you my honest belief is, no matter if there are agents or not, we paid out as much as we could afford to the players.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 9:24 pm

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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