Chad’s penchant for stirring controversy is unparallelled, and he’s often used his Twitter account to do so, even going so far as to claim he’d actually been arrested by the NYPD. The announcement turned out to be a practical joke, but nonetheless Chad has also used his tweets to announce team moves and other verifiable stories as part of his burgeoning attempt at mass media he calls ”OCNN” or the “Ocho Cinco News Network.”
So take this Ocho twitter post from this morning with a grain of salt, but it also warrants some credence:
Coming soon to a city near you if your playing the Bengals, Batman= T.O. Robin= Esteban
He also posted this picture:
Are the Bengals seriously considering signing T.O. now or is this just a complete fabrication? Is it true insider info or just another practical joke? Reedy already reportedthat both sides (The Bengals and Owens’ representation) have denied these rumors. Perhaps T.O.’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, is using another one his clients–Chad–to help drum up interest in his unemployed client. Either way, its clear that Ocho would like to play with T.O., and judging from T.O.’s recent comments the feeling is mutual.
Could it work? Two schools of thought here:
1. Heck no. There’s only room enough in Cincinnati for one giant ego. There’s only one ball Carson can distribute on any given play. The distraction of T.O. would ruin the vibe the team has going for it right now. He’s 36 years old and would take a roster spot from one of the promising young bucks at WR like Quan Cosby, Dez Briscoe, or perhaps Jerome Simpson.
2. Why not? His options are clearly dwindling, and if T.O.–at this age–is more interested in playing with good teammates and making a championship run than running his mouth and hogging the spotlight, the Bengals are certainly a team worth considering. Especially if his price tag has gone down (which is likely has). Add to that the uncertainties of Antonio Bryant’s knee, Simpson’s ability to grasp the offense, and Matt Jones’ talent in general, having T.O. around is at a minimum a good insurance policy.
One thing’s for sure, it’ll be an interesting few days before training camp starts…