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[b][size="5"][color="#000000"]Take your pick: Terrell Owens[/color][/size][/b]
March, 3, 2010

By James Walker


As former [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=cle"][color="#225db7"]Cleveland Browns[/color][/url] general manager Phil Savage aptly put it a few years ago, this time of year is officially "silly season" in the NFL.

With free agency just days away and the NFL draft in April, rumors are flying and a majority of them will never come to fruition.

But with that said, one of the hottest rumors circulating in the AFC North is two division teams' interest in pending free-agent receiver [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1056"][color="#225db7"]Terrell Owens[/color][/url]. So in our latest version of "Take your pick," we ask our community if T.O. is a better fit for the [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=bal"][color="#225db7"]Baltimore Ravens[/color][/url] or [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=cin"][color="#608fd6"]Cincinnati Bengals[/color][/url]?

It's no secret that both teams need receivers, and Owens is an unrestricted free agent. Would his playmaking mesh better in Cincinnati with quarterback [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=4459"][color="#225db7"]Carson Palmer[/color][/url] or with Baltimore's [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11252"][color="#225db7"]Joe Flacco[/color][/url]?

Can the Bengals handle a player like Owens, who will be paired with good friend [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2584"][color="#225db7"]Chad Ochocinco[/color][/url]? For Baltimore, is Owens still good enough to be a No. 1 receiver who would likely pair with the dependable [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1263"][color="#225db7"]Derrick Mason[/color][/url]?

Owens, of course, will have several options and could go elsewhere. But take your pick on which AFC North team would be best for T.O. as free agency begins on Friday.

You can leave your comments below or in our [url="http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/mailbag/_/id/21416/21416"][color="#225db7"]division inbox[/color][/url], and we will run the best responses throughout the week.



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[b][size="5"][color="#000000"]Take your pick recap[/color][/size][/b]
March, 4, 2010 By James Walker


This week the AFC North blog had a free-agency theme to our latest version of "[url="http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/10094/take-your-pick-t-o"][color="#608fd6"]Take your pick[/color][/url]."

Simply put: Is receiver [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1056"][color="#225db7"]Terrell Owens[/color][/url] a better fit for the [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=bal"][color="#225db7"]Baltimore Ravens[/color][/url] or [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=cin"][color="#608fd6"]Cincinnati Bengals[/color][/url]?

With free agency starting Friday, both AFC North teams will be in the market for receivers, and Owens has been rumored as a possible target.

Here are responses from our community, along with a final say on the matter:

[b]Ryan from Cincinnati[/b] writes: I think T.O. would be a good fit in Cincinnati, because coach Marvin Lewis would keep him under wraps with his antics but will still let him have fun on the field just like [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2584"][color="#225db7"]Chad Ochocinco[/color][/url]. Plus, the Bengals need another threat in the receiving game to get the double coverage off Chad and give [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=4459"][color="#225db7"]Carson Palmer[/color][/url] someone else to trust to catch the ball.

[b]Matt Leavey from Owings Mills, Md.,[/b] writes: T.O. in Baltimore makes a lot of sense if the price-tag on [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=4512"][color="#225db7"]Anquan Boldin[/color][/url] or [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9705"][color="#225db7"]Brandon Marshall[/color][/url] becomes too large. Frankly, I think you can make a very legitimate argument that the Ravens should have signed him last season. With Donte' Stallworth's field-stretching ability, and [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1263"][color="#225db7"]Derrick Mason[/color][/url]'s intermediate route-running skills, T.O. could be the affordable home-run hitter this team needs to get over the hump now, while a young draft pick (Golden Tate?) develops.

[b]Mike from Chicago[/b] writes: From a Steelers fan's perspective, if T.O has to end up on one of the two teams I think the Bengals would be better prepared to deal with him. Carson Palmer has experience with diva-like WRs and would be able to handle T.O. and his complaining. T.O would be the clear cut No. 2 on that team and would know that coming into the season. If I'm the Ravens I want nothing to do with him. They have a young talented QB ([url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11252"][color="#225db7"]Joe Flacco[/color][/url]) who is still developing. I don't believe pairing him with an declining diva receiver would not benefit him in the long term.

[b]April from Baltimore[/b] writes: In response to this weeks "Take your pick," I'm not completely sure how I feel about T.O. to Baltimore. He burned us before, even though I don't blame the guy for not wanting to play with [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=4477"][color="#225db7"]Kyle Boller[/color][/url] as QB. I still think he has something left and is better than [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=8437"][color="#225db7"]Mark Clayton[/color][/url]. But T.O. drops a lot of balls. Toss up.

[b]Harry from College Park, Md.,[/b] writes: As a huge Ravens fan, I hope T.O. ends up in Cincy. I feel like putting two huge diva receivers--T.O. and Ochocinco--who are on the decline will only serve to bring the Bengals back down to the rest of the division. Also, adding T.O. to Ochocinco sounds like debt consolidation.

[b]Manny from Seattle, Wash.,[/b] writes: I could see T.O. fitting in with the Bengals perfectly. The passing game would be back to the old success they had with [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2753"][color="#225db7"]T.J. Houshmandzadeh[/color][/url] and maybe even better.

[b]Pete from Baltimore[/b] writes: Terrell Owens is definitely a better fit for the Cincinnati Bengals. First, he's already buddies with Chad Ochocinco, and the team has run straight through other character issues. So T.O.'s history of being a locker room headache will, at the very least, be less of a problem in Cincinnati than in other places. Second, the Ravens tried to get him several years back and had him before he ended up in Philadelphia. The fans hate him. A lot don't want him. Either way, he's what these teams need talent-wise, but I'm guessing the Bengals could deal with his problems better than the Ravens can.

[b]AFC North final say[/b]

[b]James Walker:[/b] The jury has spoken as an overwhelming amount of readers believe Owens is a better fit in Cincinnati. I agree with the majority. The Bengals do not need a No. 1 receiver, because they already have one in Ochocinco. That would allow Owens to come in without the pressure of being the go-to guy at this stage of his career. On the field, that is a great scenario he cannot get in Baltimore. The biggest concern, as usual, is whether a team like the Bengals can handle Owens off the field and in the locker room. Palmer is not a loud leader, and the team overall is pretty young. But with good friend Ochocinco there, and the team expected to be a contender in 2010, that may not be an issue for Owens.





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[b][size="5"][color="#000000"]Take your pick recap[/color][/size][/b]
March, 4, 2010 By James Walker


This week the AFC North blog had a free-agency theme to our latest version of "[url="http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/10094/take-your-pick-t-o"][color="#608fd6"]Take your pick[/color][/url]."

Simply put: Is receiver [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1056"][color="#225db7"]Terrell Owens[/color][/url] a better fit for the [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=bal"][color="#225db7"]Baltimore Ravens[/color][/url] or [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=cin"][color="#608fd6"]Cincinnati Bengals[/color][/url]?

With free agency starting Friday, both AFC North teams will be in the market for receivers, and Owens has been rumored as a possible target.

Here are responses from our community, along with a final say on the matter:

[b]Ryan from Cincinnati[/b] writes: I think T.O. would be a good fit in Cincinnati, because coach Marvin Lewis would keep him under wraps with his antics but will still let him have fun on the field just like [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2584"][color="#225db7"]Chad Ochocinco[/color][/url]. Plus, the Bengals need another threat in the receiving game to get the double coverage off Chad and give [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=4459"][color="#225db7"]Carson Palmer[/color][/url] someone else to trust to catch the ball.

[b]Matt Leavey from Owings Mills, Md.,[/b] writes: T.O. in Baltimore makes a lot of sense if the price-tag on [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=4512"][color="#225db7"]Anquan Boldin[/color][/url] or [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9705"][color="#225db7"]Brandon Marshall[/color][/url] becomes too large. Frankly, I think you can make a very legitimate argument that the Ravens should have signed him last season. With Donte' Stallworth's field-stretching ability, and [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1263"][color="#225db7"]Derrick Mason[/color][/url]'s intermediate route-running skills, T.O. could be the affordable home-run hitter this team needs to get over the hump now, while a young draft pick (Golden Tate?) develops.

[b]Mike from Chicago[/b] writes: From a Steelers fan's perspective, if T.O has to end up on one of the two teams I think the Bengals would be better prepared to deal with him. Carson Palmer has experience with diva-like WRs and would be able to handle T.O. and his complaining. T.O would be the clear cut No. 2 on that team and would know that coming into the season. If I'm the Ravens I want nothing to do with him. They have a young talented QB ([url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11252"][color="#225db7"]Joe Flacco[/color][/url]) who is still developing. I don't believe pairing him with an declining diva receiver would not benefit him in the long term.

[b]April from Baltimore[/b] writes: In response to this weeks "Take your pick," I'm not completely sure how I feel about T.O. to Baltimore. He burned us before, even though I don't blame the guy for not wanting to play with [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=4477"][color="#225db7"]Kyle Boller[/color][/url] as QB. I still think he has something left and is better than [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=8437"][color="#225db7"]Mark Clayton[/color][/url]. But T.O. drops a lot of balls. Toss up.

[b]Harry from College Park, Md.,[/b] writes: As a huge Ravens fan, I hope T.O. ends up in Cincy. I feel like putting two huge diva receivers--T.O. and Ochocinco--who are on the decline will only serve to bring the Bengals back down to the rest of the division. Also, adding T.O. to Ochocinco sounds like debt consolidation.

[b]Manny from Seattle, Wash.,[/b] writes: I could see T.O. fitting in with the Bengals perfectly. The passing game would be back to the old success they had with [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2753"][color="#225db7"]T.J. Houshmandzadeh[/color][/url] and maybe even better.

[b]Pete from Baltimore[/b] writes: Terrell Owens is definitely a better fit for the Cincinnati Bengals. First, he's already buddies with Chad Ochocinco, and the team has run straight through other character issues. So T.O.'s history of being a locker room headache will, at the very least, be less of a problem in Cincinnati than in other places. Second, the Ravens tried to get him several years back and had him before he ended up in Philadelphia. The fans hate him. A lot don't want him. Either way, he's what these teams need talent-wise, but I'm guessing the Bengals could deal with his problems better than the Ravens can.

[b]AFC North final say[/b]

[b]James Walker:[/b] The jury has spoken as an overwhelming amount of readers believe Owens is a better fit in Cincinnati. I agree with the majority. The Bengals do not need a No. 1 receiver, because they already have one in Ochocinco. That would allow Owens to come in without the pressure of being the go-to guy at this stage of his career. On the field, that is a great scenario he cannot get in Baltimore. The biggest concern, as usual, is whether a team like the Bengals can handle Owens off the field and in the locker room. Palmer is not a loud leader, and the team overall is pretty young. But with good friend Ochocinco there, and the team expected to be a contender in 2010, that may not be an issue for Owens.





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[quote name='akiliMVP' date='04 March 2010 - 07:28 PM' timestamp='1267748893' post='867133']
The only players I would want less are Roethlisburger, Joey Porter and Wines Hard
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damn akili, you surprise me sometimes. i can't believe you wouldn't see how at least 3 of those 4 players, with the exception being porter at this stage of his career, would actually improve this team. even so, the 9 sacks he put up last year would have led this team (not to mention the year he had before that).

i dunno, maybe you're right and i'm wrong, but that's the way i see it.
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Ive decided what Id like them to do...

Sign TO. If they still believe in Jerome at all and believe in his potential, throw him on the field with Chad and TO. A lot of attention will be taken up by those two guys, and Jerome should be able to perform. If he cant then let Matt Jones and Caldwell take over that three spot.

Ideally Jerome would prove that he can be a go to guy. Then let TO go in the offseason and have Chad and Jerome be the 1-2 for a year. Draft a guy early in the 2011 draft and do the same thing with him that we do with jerome. Have him play with chad and jerome, and then if he is good then in 2012 our starters could be Jerome and the new guy.

Obviously this is banking on Jerome turning out decent, but it would definitely be a good short term fix, with the potential at long term.
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[quote name='BLACKRAIN' date='04 March 2010 - 07:21 PM' timestamp='1267748501' post='867128']
I want T.O. in stripes
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[quote name='scharm' date='04 March 2010 - 07:41 PM' timestamp='1267749676' post='867143']
TO would work in Cincy.
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As crazy as I feel watching these words come from my fingertips... I agree. I have never been a TO fan.. But I honestly feel that he is not quite the same guy he was in his youth. I think he knows he is on the decline and has reached a point where he is just happy to still be playing.

Plus, I think Chad would know how to deal with him on the sideline, so that responsibility is off Carsons' shoulders. I think TO and Cincinnati would be a happy marriage..

We would still need someone who could stretch the field, as I don't think it's wise to count on 2 30+ WR to do it.
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[size="5"][b]Source: Two teams are interested in T.O.[/b]
[/size]Posted by Mike Florio on March 5, 2010 8:15 AM ET


As receiver Terrell Owens makes his third trip to the free-agent market in four years, a league source tells us that two teams already have shown interest.

We don't yet know the names of the teams.

One could very well be the Baltimore Ravens.

Last October, the Ravens contacted the Bills about a possible trade for receiver Terrell Owens. The Bills responded in the negative.

Last week, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that he's interested in T.O. The Bills declared the next day that they won't be offering him another contract.

At a minimum, the Ravens figure to be considering making yet another run at him, especially if their Plan A guys (Kevin Walter and Anquan Boldin, reportedly) don't pan out.

It has been a long flirtation between team and player, dating back to 2004. Making the situation even more unusual is the fact that T.O. has never seemed to be gung-ho about playing for the Ravens. Then there's the six-year-old allegation Owens made regarding G.M. Ozzie Newsome, an African-American, whom Owens accused of making a racist comment during the initial discussions about the Ravens acquiring Owens.

T.O. claimed that Newsome told then-agent David Joseph that Newsome "was a black man from Alabama just like T.O." and that "[url="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/03/05/cross-off-the-ravens-too/"]sometimes a black man's gotta be slapped[/url]."

The fact that the Ravens remain interested show that Newsome doesn't hold a grudge.

The bigger question is whether T.O. does.




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On Friday morning, ProFootballTalk.com cited a source saying two teams are interested in Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens, the man The Ocho has openly lobbied to come to the Bengals via free agency.

The Bengals could be one of the teams. Evidence? The quick trigger on wide receiver Laveranues Coles on Thursday when they terminated his contract 51 weeks after giving hm about $10 million in salary and bonuses to replace T.J. Houshmandzadeh. With no salary cap in place for this season, the Bengals don't take a hit on Coles' prorated signing bonus.

That's not to say they are looking to make a quick, lucrative deal with Owens or anyone else on the receiver list. And if they did make a call Friday morning it was clearly just to kick tires and see what it might cost. They probably don't want to repeat the Bills' one-year, $5 million deal



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Updated: 3/5/10, 9:55 a.m.

While Chad Ochocinco is rehearsing for Dancing With The Stars, the Bengals appear to be at least dancing with the notion of checking out wide receivers that come free Friday.

On Friday morning, ProFootballTalk.com cited a source saying two teams are interested in Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens, the man The Ocho has openly lobbied to come to the Bengals via free agency. Indications are the Bengals are one of those teams, simply because they look to be kicking the tires of all the top receiver names.

Owens is just part of a list that includes Antonio Bryant, Kevin Walter, Chris Chambers, and Josh Reed. The way head coach Marvin Lewis talked last week at the NFL scouting combine, the Bengals aren't looking to make a quick, lucrative deal. But in the past they have put out feelers on the first day and then waited for the market to settle.

Evidence that the Bengals were disappointed in the receivers at the combine came with the quick trigger on wide receiver Laveranues Coles on Thursday when they terminated his contract 51 weeks after giving hm about $10 million in salary and bonuses to replace T.J. Houshmandzadeh. With no salary cap in place for this season, the Bengals don't take a hit on Coles' prorated signing bonus.

There seems to be a definite shift in the Bengals' look at the free-agent receivers in the past few days. They probably don't want to repeat the Bills' one-year, $5 million deal for Owens, but it's no secret that the Bengals and the rest of the teams emerged this week from the NFL scouting combine subdued about what is available in the draft at receiver. They appear to be taking a harder look at what is available on the market than they did last month.

It hasn't changed. The thing that made them so sour about the Coles signing (age) is prevalent. The Bengals are probably only looking to do a one-year deal, which may take them out of the sweepstakes for 29-year-old Bryant. And with Owens (36), Reed (30), Chambers (32) and Michael Furrey (33) long in the tooth, the Bengals aren't going to pay top dollar.

Still, the NFL Network's Michael Lombardi was calling Cincinnati the best destination before the draft for Owens.

One day before the new NFL year starts, the Bengals wasted no time Thursday when they moved past the Coles signing and cut the 32-year-old wide receiver. Coles' struggles in his only year with the club (43 catches, 514 yards, five touchdowns) don't bode well for elderly wide receivers in stripes.

But in scouting reports in the media about the upcoming free-agent class, Owens still gets good marks for being able to run. Even though the Bengals let go Kevin Walter, 27, four years ago, they may be ready to see what his price tag is. He became a solid No. 2 in Houston, but could he be a difference-maker?

Also, in a Thursday press release the Bengals issued their list of players they have designated as restricted free agents as well as exclusive rights players with one-year contract offers in an attempt to retain them for the upcoming season when free agency begins Friday.

The six RFAs are middle linebacker Abdul Hodge, SAM linebacker Rashad Jeanty, WILL linebacker Brandon Johnson, cornerback David Jones, left guard Evan Mathis and defensive lineman Frostee Rucker.

The Bengals also announced they tendered offers to five players who are classified as third-year players for 2010 and aren’t eligible for free agency. They now have exclusive rights to center Kyle Cook, safety Kyries Hebert, left guard Nate Livings, quarterback Jordan Palmer and right tackle Dennis Roland.

By making the tenders to the RFAs, the Bengals have the right to retain the players by matching any offer sheet. If an RFA does not sign an offer from another team, he can remain with the Bengals by signing the one-year tender, or by negotiating a longer-term contract.

Johnson was tendered at a dollar amount which stipulates that if the Bengals decline to match a competing offer, the team signing him must compensate Cincinnati with its second-round choice in the 2010 draft. The other five RFAs were tendered at “draft status level,” which means that if they entered the NFL through the draft, any team signing one of them must compensate the Bengals with a 2010 draft pick in the same round in which they were selected. There is no compensation for undrafted players tendered at “draft status level.”

The deadline for a restricted free agent to sign an offer sheet from another team is April 15. Any RFA who has not signed an offer sheet by that date will have his 2010 NFL rights revert exclusively to his 2009 club.

The Bengals are not sending tender offers to three other potential RFAs who were with Cincinnati in 2009: Tight ends Daniel Coats and J.P. Foschi and defensive tackle Shaun Smith. Those players are scheduled to become free agents Friday, at which point they may negotiate with the Bengals or any other NFL team, without compensation or signing deadline issues.

The Bengals didn’t offer third-year tight end Matt Sherry after he spent last season on Cincinnati’s Reserve/Injured list. Sherry is also eligible to negotiate with any NFL team Friday.

That number on Johnson is $1.8 million for a guy that had a very active season playing well on third down and backing up Keith Rivers. He played in every game with four starts and had the seventh-most tackles from scrimmage (67) and second on special teams (12) along with 1.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and three passes defensed. He started at SAM backer when Jeanty broke his lower leg on the opening kickoff of the Wild Card game against the Jets.

The Bengals ended up tendering just over $10 million in contracts Thursday[/quote]

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Posted by [email="jreedy@enquirer.com"]jreedy[/email] March 5th, 2010, 10:34 am With Nate Burleson off to Detroit, Baltimore targeting Kevin Walter and Miami still the favorite to land Antonio Bryant, Terrell Owens could be moving quickly up the Bengals' wish list, especially after the monthlong campaigning by Chad Ochocinco.

[url="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/03/05/source-two-teams-are-interested-in-to/"][color="#9c070c"]Pro Football Talk[/color][/url] early Friday morning said that Owens is being looked at by two teams. Baltimore was mentioned by name but the Bengals are also at the top of the list since they need a No. 2 or 3 receiver with the release of Laveranues Coles.

Should Walter and Bryant go off the market, and that should happen in the next day or two, Owens would be the top unrestricted free agent out there. Yes, he's 36 but he also still has the ability to beat teams deep with at least seven receptions of 25 yards or more (the Bengals as a team had only 12 last year). Others out there include Derrick Mason (whose also 36), Chris Chambers and Torry Holt. Chambers might still be a bargain, but of the four, T.O. would be the best option.



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Say what you want about him, the guy knows how to get open. I don't think I saw one Buffalo game last year so I can't comment, but in Dallas and a younger version in Philly, the guy was always open.

I'd love to see him here.
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[quote name='Rumble In the Jungle' date='05 March 2010 - 11:28 AM' timestamp='1267806514' post='867348']
non of us are really talking about Chris Chambers, but the dude is still good.
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[b]real good and not a head case..I would take him over TO in a heartbeat...according to Hobson we were not impressed by any od the WR's at the combine. We almost have to draft a WR and I would like either Tate or Damian Williams. After reading Coles' comments that Carson was never comfortable throwing to him because he's not tall that leads me to believe they won't draft Tate..[/b]
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I, like the Bengals front office, am usually against signing older free agents, but now that we are a playoff team I can see this as an exception to the rule. We can't count on any rookie WR to step in immediately and produce at a high level. It has happened a few times in recent years, but it is still an overwhelming exception to the norm.

Signing T.O. gives us a year(or two) to develop anyone we draft this year. I still have faith that Caldwell will be a solid NFL WR, and I also believe that Ocho has at least another couple of god years left in him. But even in Matt Jones works out we still have to take a decent WR in this years draft for the future. That is the way it is supposed to work. You draft for a year or two down the road instead fo filling an immediate need. That is why it is such a good idea to sign T.O. for the short term.
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[quote name='Rumble In the Jungle' date='05 March 2010 - 12:10 PM' timestamp='1267812651' post='867370']
damn, could you guys just imagine if we did sign T.O. ? we'd have him, Chad, Matt Jones!!! how you gonna stop that :gobengals:
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You seriously threw Matt Jones into this conversation? He may not even be on the team in late August. I appreciate your enthusiasm, but come on Rumble!

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