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With T.O. under contract, the names of the other interested teams emerge

Not long ago, some were assuming that, because agent Drew Rosenhaus declined to disclose the five teams interested in receiver Terrell Owens, no team was genuinely interested.

Now that Owens has signed with the Bengals, we’ve been able to piece together the names of the five teams that were in the mix, to one degree or another.

Beyond the Bengals and the Rams, the other interested teams were the Jets, Seahawks, and Raiders.  The interest of Seattle and Oakland was preliminary in nature, and both dropped out before the process got too far along.

In the end, 31 teams can ultimately have no interest.  If one has enough of it, then the player has a new home.

In Cincinnati, where players shunned in other cities for various reasons emerge via bargain-basement deals, T.O.’s arrival makes a lot of sense.

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41 Responses to “With T.O. under contract, the names of the other interested teams emerge”
  1. Hugh says: Jul 28, 2010 1:10 AM

    But, how many times did you say TO could land with the Carolina Panthers? The same amount of times I told you it would never happen. Yet, you continued to report that he could.
    Instead of just reading others articles on the Panthers and adding your own opinion, here is an idea: Try following the Panthers to get some kind of idea how the team operates. Or try getting a RELIABLE source with ACTUAL knowledge of the team. Until then, save everyone, including yourself, a lot of time and don’t report on the Panthers.
    Until then, when it come to the Panthers, stay curled up in the corner in the fetal position as Steve Smith’s little bitch.

  2. robert ethen says: Jul 28, 2010 1:11 AM

    Supplies to the Bengals colony are dropped off at a designated safe spot periodically. Otherwise the inmates are forbidden all contact with the outside world for fear of contagion.

  3. Hugh says: Jul 28, 2010 1:11 AM

    But, how many times did you say TO could land with the Carolina Panthers? The same amount of times I told you it would never happen. Yet, you continued to report that he could.
    Instead of just reading others articles on the Panthers and adding your own opinion, here is an idea: Try following the Panthers to get some kind of idea how the team operates. Or try getting a RELIABLE source with ACTUAL knowledge of the team. Until then, save everyone, including yourself, a lot of time and don’t report on the Panthers.
    Until then, when it come to the Panthers, stay curled up in the corner in the fetal position as Steve Smith’s little bitch.

  4. Quest For Six says: Jul 28, 2010 1:22 AM

    Bengals are the new Cowboys scrub north not to be confused with the Dolphins who are Cowboys scrub south.

  5. DB26 says: Jul 28, 2010 1:53 AM

    Stab in the dark here, but Matt Jones & Jerome Simpson should come available soon.

  6. redbeardxxv says: Jul 28, 2010 2:24 AM

    I’m not a big fan of TO, but I predict a good solid year and very little drama. He’ll need a new team next year, and he won’t burn a bridge……….yet.

  7. jcjets says: Jul 28, 2010 3:04 AM

    What does preliminary in nature mean? They called to feel him out? Or maybe its only prelim if it’s an email or text.
    I think the Bengals were the only team that had any serious interest in signing him. And I think its the best spot for him. The other teams were probably a just favor to the agent to get some buzz going.

  8. punish22 says: Jul 28, 2010 3:16 AM

    Who cares? Now (BL)owens and Ocho Stinko can suck together. Eight years ago it would have been a good signing.

  9. lskynard87 says: Jul 28, 2010 4:04 AM

    I think Owens may fare well in Cincy.
    If he has a Benson type of revival, that passing game may rank top 5… believing also Carson’s knee holds up.

  10. kazkal says: Jul 28, 2010 4:05 AM

    always gotta be hating on the bengals Flor.

  11. Yuk0s says: Jul 28, 2010 4:17 AM

    There are several players in Cincinnati that other teams would like to have. By several, I mean a couple. By a couple, I mean 2….
    Now I’m worried about this coming season.

  12. MSWRavens says: Jul 28, 2010 6:11 AM

    Funny – a week ago, Bengals fans were going on & on about how incredible their offense will be with The Ocho, Bryant and new additions Shipley & Gresham. Now reality sets in that Bryant ain’t worth squat…so they have to go get TO. And what no one can deny about TO is that he is a talented guy, who is a cancer that has never won a thing. Good job bengals…you’ve managed to Bungle it once again! …and made Ravens fans everywhere very happy! :)

  13. Crazy Nick says: Jul 28, 2010 6:29 AM

    With T.O. on board, I’m sure the Bengals will continue their tradition of excellence.
    Ahhhhhhhhhh hahahahahahahahahaaha!!!!

  14. DonTerrelli says: Jul 28, 2010 6:30 AM

    Aren’t you the one who said that there weren’t 5 other teams? Hmm?

  15. efangule says: Jul 28, 2010 6:49 AM

    So. Essentially. He’s burned his bridges with 27 of the 32 teams.
    Niiice.

  16. Laxer37 says: Jul 28, 2010 7:05 AM

    “In Cincinnati, where players shunned in other cities for various reasons emerge via bargain-basement deals, T.O.’s arrival makes a lot of sense”.
    _________________________________
    The Bengals lack of a playoff win in 19 years also makes a lot of sence.

  17. Ravenator says: Jul 28, 2010 7:23 AM

    it also smells like a recipe for disaster

  18. WhoPlaysWhere says: Jul 28, 2010 7:28 AM

    With the signing of a most hated PFT player to a most hated PFT team, it is only a matter of time before we find Mikey and the boys begin to stir it up.
    I am anticipating a “T.O. reported not happy with the contract he signed” article by the end of the tomorrow.
    By the end of the week, “T.O. not happy with the room he is given at camp.”
    By HOF preseason game, “T.O. and Ochocinco disagree already?”
    Not one story will hold a lick of fact and will all include an “unnamed league source close to the situation.”
    Florio, don’t blame the Bengals or T.O. for trying to make a run. Guess your articles on the organization not spending any money is kinda shot as well.
    My bad for partying!

  19. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Jul 28, 2010 7:31 AM

    As a Patriots fan, I would have loved to see this guy in Foxboro on the cheap. I guess we’ll see him there opening day anyway.

  20. Ballinmore says: Jul 28, 2010 7:51 AM

    7-8-1… I’ll stick to my original prediction for this group of divas, drunks and pacman

  21. smithopher says: Jul 28, 2010 8:09 AM

    Bengals made the most sense. They made an early exit last postseason because their WR’s just couldn’t get enough separation against the Jets. Giving themselves more targets opens up possibilities for them. I think Carson Palmer needs to have a good year or he will have two divas yapping in his ear.

  22. wetdentist says: Jul 28, 2010 8:36 AM

    i was a TO fan when he was with the Eagles, and i thought the organization failed to deal with his situation properly, and thus it got ugly. he deserved to be rewarded for the way he fought through that injury to get on the field for the Super Bowl, and he did not receive said reward. as a hardcore Birds person, i can even admit that i remained a TO fan when he moved to the Cowboys (gack!). he is one misrepresented/misunderstood player, for sure. i believe that if both he and Ocho are facing single coverage this year, the Bengals are contenders, and i will pay attention

  23. Danwhitmer says: Jul 28, 2010 8:44 AM

    I will put it this way, As long as they win they will be okay. But if they loose say 3 in a row things will start to turn sour very very fast. T.O held his ground last year and did not say a negative word. Keeping his mouth shut for long periods of time has not been his strong suit in the past…. This could be the year it overflows. If i were a fan of Cincy i would be CAUTIOUSLY OPTOMISTIC at best!
    I think Cincy will be a 9 – 7 team again this year based on there talent, BUT could easily be 7 – 9 at the end if they fall apart from all the drama queens there. Benson may be suspended 2 – 4 games and he was a HUGE part of your winning last year. Teams in the north will be gunning for Cincy after sweeping the division and it has NEVER been done in back to back years. So even if they split the division. They still have a tough schedual this year.

  24. Cullen says: Jul 28, 2010 8:51 AM

    Just about all the posters on here are clowns. I think we can all agree that the Steelers have overtaken the arrest crown, so that is tired trash. By the way Batman & Robbin (T.O. & Chad) have never been arrested and are good citizens off the field. I agree T.O. has turned into a locker room cancer in every NFL city he has played in, but he wasn’t in Buffalo last season and he wasn’t in San Francisco his first few years. All I know is the Bengals passing offense was horrible lat year, and they still swept the division. They have now added Antonio Bryant whom is a year removed from a great season, T.O. a future Hall of Famer, and Jermain Gresham only the top rated college TE. I think any team that made these moves would feel more than good about there chances of bettering there previous season. I can’t think of anything the Steelers did to get better, not to mention they wont have there QB for 4-6 weeks. The Browns lets face it aren’t close. The Ravens may get Ed Reed back, and they have add a stud in Bolden, and another murder in Stallworth. Two murderers on one team, I don’t think the Bengals have any. The Ravens have definitely gotten better, but I have to give the nod to the Bengals, they swept the Ravens twice last year, and they have younger better Defense.

  25. WhoDeyTJ says: Jul 28, 2010 8:53 AM

    Bengals currently are one of the strongest teams on paper. Is Cincinnati the Misfit Island of the NFL? As a Bengals fan I can admit to a resounding Yes. With that being said, win or lose, I believe 2010 is going to be one of the most entertaining and exciting seasons ever.
    The Bengals chances of getting to the SB with the current roster are very high. But SB’s are achieved by good decision making on and off the field. If Cincy can stay out of trouble off the field, than I am confident they will win their division and possibly make it to the SB.
    With all that being said… I feel all negative comments in regards to the Bengals here are comments made by Ravens and Steelers fans. Because frankly, outside of that division, no one else really cares.
    Ravens fans are a bit nervous I believe because of Reed’s condition. Good luck covering every body when playing Cincy this year. LOL!
    Steelers fans, well, what can I say. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the Steelers dealing with what they are currently dealing with. The SB win over Seattle was ridiculous! That trophy should have really gone to Betus because the NFL wanted another story. Chop blocking on a QB? Really? Are you serious?
    WhoDey!!! See some of you in the playoffs.

  26. Larry Hoover says: Jul 28, 2010 9:00 AM

    “In the end, 31 teams can ultimately have no interest. If one has enough of it, then the player has a new home.”
    ——————————————
    Genius stuff Florio, Pure Genius!

  27. Larry Hoover says: Jul 28, 2010 9:12 AM

    Bengals are one of the best teams on paper… PAPER? We’re talking about PAPER?!

  28. Huckle says: Jul 28, 2010 9:15 AM

    As an Indy fan, I always keep an eye on the AFCN to see who we get to send home in January.
    Of the 4 teams, the Steelers are always the biggest threat because in the postseason they turn into a different team.
    You Ravnes fans though, you’re funny.
    A team that has not had a playoff win in 19 years is 7-3 against you guys since 2005. The Bengals suck so bad, yet with the exception of 2008, they beat the Ravens again and again.
    Meanwhile, the only guy on the Ravens that scored against us last year in the playoffs, they replaced with the Bengals kicker.
    Yeah.
    You morons in Baltimore need to stop drinking the city water.

  29. Roscoe P. Coaltrain says: Jul 28, 2010 9:20 AM

    Hey folks! It’s florio’s football fun with math! Call the 1-800 number on your screen and you and your little under achiever will get to study math with gems like this: “31 teams can ultimately have no interest.  If one has enough of it, then the player has a new home.” ANSWER: 32
    if you call in the next 20 minutes you’ll get a helmet for the uncoordinated booger eater as well!!!! Call now!!!

  30. TheToolofTools says: Jul 28, 2010 9:25 AM

    i think this is a really good deal for the Bengals.
    it will spread the field out for Palmer.
    If they can put up with Ocho Ego, the can deal with T.O.

  31. bayou says: Jul 28, 2010 9:29 AM

    Like him or not, that team just got better. They do put the fun in “Dysfunctional” so there locker room is not getting any worse. If Palmer can remember how to play football, they are a sleeper team. Hopefully, not sleeping in the drunk tank at the local jail.

  32. wrekOgnize says: Jul 28, 2010 9:37 AM

    There is no problem in Cincinnati. I see huge depth and I smell a SB run.

  33. Mikebrown_suckit says: Jul 28, 2010 9:54 AM

    I love Bengal haters from the AFC North. All you Bitches were swept last year by one of the Worst passing games I’ve witnessed in a long time. Let me repeat you were SWEPT even in your own place with a pop warner passing game. A QB that looked like a scared little girl out there and 1 wr that could catch the ball. I guess Caldwell is still in your nightmares Ravens and Steelers fans. Any Browns fans trying to chime in on how bad we are come on now.
    Yeah as Bengals fan we know 0 playoff wins blah blah blah. Bungles, blah blah blah. We want to get where the Ravens and Steelers have been. Our WR’s were really bad last year. We needed to upgrade to see if Carson can actually hit his WR’s anymore. Bryant hasnt done squat, well yeah games havent started yet.
    Keep it up haters and if you think some of the bandwagon Bengals fans are bad now wait til we win the North again.

  34. gbsn3219 says: Jul 28, 2010 9:59 AM

    So as an Indy fan you started watching football about six years ago. The Bengals are going to dominate the Dolts this year.
    Who Dey!!!

  35. joetoronto says: Jul 28, 2010 10:11 AM

    I don’t believe the Raiders were interested at all.
    When writers have no idea who’s actually interested, they mention the Raiders.

  36. Roxtar10 says: Jul 28, 2010 10:26 AM

    I have no particular love or hate for the Bengals (other than I have T.O. on a Dynasty league squad, so I was hoping he’d get signed somewhere), but, I’d like to chip in for the fines that I hope will be coming on combined TD celebrations between he and Ocho.
    I hope the Benglas do well — with the Browns and the King-less Cavaliers, Ohio needs SOMETHING to cheer for….

  37. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Jul 28, 2010 10:43 AM

    @MSWRavens
    “Good job bengals…you’ve managed to Bungle it once again! …and made Ravens fans everywhere very happy! :)”
    That’s fine. Wait, who are your CBs again? You do realize that you’re going to get torched all game long when your over-rated has-beens play the Bengals, right?
    If that makes you happy, more power to you.

  38. Daniel Riddle says: Jul 28, 2010 12:47 PM

    Can’t wait until Week 3…maybe week 4… when Carson has TO on his right and 85 on his left both screaming “GIVE ME THE BALL!!”.
    Cinci fans: Like Leo Dicap in the final scene of Inception, you are dreaming if you think signing TO is a good move.

  39. WelcomeToTheJungle says: Jul 28, 2010 3:52 PM

    It’s coming again……SWEEP.

  40. 1nationraidernation says: Jul 28, 2010 5:08 PM

    now he just needs to get arrested for something, and he will fit right in at cincy

  41. three7eightyfive says: Jul 29, 2010 12:29 PM

    “In the end, 31 teams can ultimately have no interest. If one has enough of it, then the player has a new home.” – And another golden nugget of wisdom from Florio.

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