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Terrell Owens placed on IR, done as a Bengal?

Posted on: December 21, 2010 12:05 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2010 12:05 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The Bengals placed wide receiver Terrell Owens on injured reserve Tuesday, officially ending his season and, most likely, his career with the Bengals.

The Bengals announced the move via Twitter (of course), but they failed to mention whether or not Owens would be in the 'Nati next year. That's probably because he won't be -- Adam Schefter of ESPN cites a source indicating Owens' time is done there, and it's a logical conclusion to reach for a number of reasons.

First of all, the Bengals are cheap and Owens won't be signing as cheaply in his second run with them (especially considering he outproduced Chad Ochocinco this year). Secondly, Marvin Lewis is likely gone when his contract runs up. There's a chance Carson Palmer is gone too. Heck, Ocho could be shown the door. It's pretty obvious Owens is going with them (them = whoever goes).

Finally, it was pretty obvious that once the team really sunk into the depths of a losing season that Owens wasn't playing the happy camper role like he did with the Bills last season. Even if the Bengals' ability to manage personnel is terrible (and it is), they'll at least realize the stink he'd make if he returned for a second losing season in Cincy.

And, hey, maybe Owens doesn't want to be there. Although at this stage, it's hard to imagine him turning down any sort of contract that guarantees him playing time and money, especially considering he's likely to end up as a one-year rental once again in 2011.

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Since: Oct 24, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2010 5:48 pm

Terrell Owens placed on IR, done as a Bengal?

I still got my popcorn ready...

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2010 3:57 pm

Terrell Owens placed on IR, done as a Bengal?

this year may be the only season in owens entire career, when he didnt come off as completely arrogant in his interviews with the media, sure he didnt last year but there isnt many media types around a losing bills squad noone expected to win anyway, so owens had no reason to speak out, but this year, the one time he spoke out, its hard not to agree with what he said, the bengals were looking to have a big year this year and fell face first out of the opening gate, dallas and minnesota's falls havent been near as low as the bengals have gone, mostly due to injurys, seems like dallas and minnesota have been full of them all season, but i dont remember 1 major injury on this bengals team, so to go from division winner and playoffs one year, to a top 5 draft position the next, without any major injurys occuring to any crucial position players (i may be wrong and there may have been injurys, but i dont remember anyone from their offensive skill position players missing any major time), tells me something has gone majorly wrong in the "nati" 

best bet for the organization is to start over fresh, start from the top and work your way down, mike brown should go, marvin lewis should go, PERIOD!

im with the previous poster in saying i think mike zimmer should stay, assuming the new head coach wants to retain his services, even though that defense hasnt had a real good year, i still think he is a good coach, and should be the 1 coach to stay if any should, they have a young, up and coming defense that the organization is going to HAVE to build around, and noone knows it better than zimmer, what is their to build around on offense on that team?? 

from what i can see the ENTIRE offense is about to be replaced, except for a few lineman and tight ends, with that said, i like gresham, i think he should be utilized more in any future offense or by any future QB that comes in, i also like shipley, i think he will be a good/great slot reciever for many years to come, i also like my lsu guys up front in nate livings and especially andrew whitworth (only 2 sacks allowed all year)  so there is a few players to build around on the offensive side, but other than those few, i have a feeling the rest of the offense is about to get scrapped

im not sure on contract situations with certain players so they may be stuck with some players, i personally think they should go QB with their 1st round pick, i dont see them beating san diego or baltimore, nor do i see denver beating san diego or houston (not sure who has the worst 3 win season to draft before the other) so that will put the bengals drafting either 2nd or 3rd behind carolina, who definitely wont win another game this year with pittsburgh and atlanta left on the schedule, not sure what carolina is going to want to do at 1, probably QB since moore nor clausen has worked out, but they may still hold out hope that one of them will develop into the player they had hoped they would be

but no matter what carolina does at 1, i highly doubt denver will be looking QB since they spent a 1st rounder last year on tebow, assuming they happen to draft at 2, so cinncinati has a good chance to get the best QB available in the draft, which right now looks to be andrew luck, but the bengals were kinda burnt by the last PAC-10 QB they drafted in the 1st round so who's to say that luck is the guy they want, they may like ponder from florida state, or locker from washington, if cam newton comes out, he could be another choice, but i feel strongly they should go after a QB with their 1st round pick, that is if they cant do something in free agency or through trades to get a suitable replacement

one backup im starting to like alot is matt flynn in green bay, im an lsu fan but i didnt expect flynn to make it in the nfl, so he has done a really good job proving me, and even green bays management wrong, since green bay drafted him in the 7th round, 5 rounds after they drafted another QB that i did expect to be a good pro, brian brohm, who green bay traded to buffalo the moment they realized flynn was better, and brohm is yet to get any significant playing time in buffalo with all of their QB troubles, i think brohms problems are above the shoulders though, not talent wise, where as flynn has got it above the shoulders but it was his talent that he has had to prove to everyone, including myself, if the bengals wanted to try to trade for him, it probably wouldnt be too difficult right now, but every game that goes by that flynn is on the field in place of an injured aaron rodgers, his trade value is going up because he is continuing to prove how good he can be if only given the chance

personally i dont believe palmer has much of a future with cinncinati, but at the same time, im not sure that the bengals management should cut all ties with the guy either, i remember drew brees first few seasons in san diego werent real productive, but aj smith went out and drafted a QB 1st overall that ended up lighting a fire under brees' a$$ that is yet to flame out, even though brees is no longer with san diego, he still plays with a chip on his shoulder to prove aj smith made the wrong choice when he was released into free agency and they kept rivers, could you imagine how aj smith would feel if brees would have signed with the cheifs??  he would be seriously regretting letting him go

my point is that palmer could show up with a totally different mindset next year if there is another QB in camp that he is battling with, the bengals QB position has been palmers for so long, he has grown a little complacent, if he goes into camp knowing that the job is no longer going to be given to him, who knows, he may just go out for training camp and earn it over the 1st round pick, similar to brees starting over rivers for 2 seasons, but the last thing the bengals should do is just release palmer into free agency where he could pick up with a conference or divisional foe, like say cleveland, where he could be a thorn in their sides for a few more seasons, playing with a chip on his shoulder to get back at the bengals for letting him go, either way i think palmer would probably be one of the best backups in the league if he doesnt beat out whoever the team picks up in the offseason, im sure palmer brings in a nice contract that will need restructuring, but if management could work out a deal that pays him somewhere in the range of a low end starter/good backup rather than a number 1 overall pick, then id say go for it, san francisco was able to restructure alex smiths deal, and i believe palmer would INSTANTLY start on the 49ers, and several other teams in this league (carolina, miami, san fran, arizona, tennessee, minnesota, buffalo, seattle, cleveland, oakland, possibly even jacksonville or kansas city 

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2010 3:30 pm

Terrell Owens placed on IR, done as a Bengal?

TO had a pretty decent season with this horrible franchise. He kept his mouth shut, (for the most part), and showed up every week. The Bengals need to fire Lewis, and implode the team. They will be starting from square one, and I am SURE, TO will move on and be productive at least one more season

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2010 1:54 pm

Terrell Owens placed on IR, done as a Bengal?

T.O. had a good year as a Bengal. He played well and kept his mouth shut for most of the season. As a Bengals fan (For reasons I do not understand) I did not disagree with his statements. As many Bengal fans that post to this site and many others, The ownership is terrible, the front office is a joke, and the coaching staff has been in need of an overhaul for many years, with maybe the exception of Mike Zimmer. But then again, the defense has not proven anything this year. T.O. won't be back as a Bengal. Nor will Chad, Carson and many others. It's time for another 10 year stretch of losing seasons, bad draft picks, first round hold outs and limitless blotter reports. With what looks like will be the 2nd pick in the 2011 draft, the Bengals will go after a quarterback. Thus marking the end of the Palmer era. Ocho will chase a ring and T.O. will go to whoever writes the biggest check.

Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2010 1:34 pm

Terrell Owens placed on IR, done as a Bengal?

Come back to Dallas, I will be happy for you to take Williams place.

Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2010 1:26 pm

Terrell Owens placed on IR, done as a Bengal?

I agree completely they had a great formula last year and changed it.  We will never be consistently good until Mike Brown is gone.

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2010 1:23 pm

Terrell Owens placed on IR, done as a Bengal?

I can't see TO doing another 1 year contract with the Bengals, he'll most likely hit the market and shop his mouth and services to everyone.  Fortunately for him there always seems to be some team willing to take a chance on him having one last great year (which really isn't possible anymore).

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2010 12:41 pm

Terrell Owens placed on IR, done as a Bengal?

Anyone that understands football should've known the Bengals were getting him for one year. T.O. is at the age where he simply isn't going to get anything but one year contracts and basically be a rent-a-player for the remaining year or two he has left. It's almost like hot potato in which teams will have to risk it and see who gets him during the season he falls off a cliff. The Bengals got a good T.O. and it didn't help them because they completely abandoned what had worked so well for them just one season ago. Instead of implementing the passing game into a solid running game they just flushed the running game down the toilet. It exposed the defense somewhat because when you pass a lot unsuccessfully, you put your defense on the field way more than it should be. T.O. will not be back and thats a good thing for both parties. The team doesn't need to be blown up;it needs a front office overhaul and that will never happen. Until then I'll just look forward to every fifth year having a good team.

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