Could today be the day for T.O.? Terrell Owens is visiting the Cincinnati Bengals today, in hopes of what will turn out to be his new employer. For the last few months, Chad Ochocinco has been campaigning for the Bengals to sign the 36 year old receiver, siting their anemic passing game as the reason they failed to make it further in last season’s AFC Playoffs, losing in the first round, at home to the New York Jets.
Many believe that Carson Palmer still has the talent to be a top tier quarterback in this league, if he has the right pieces around him. The Bengals showed last session that they can have a dominant run game with Cedric Benson, but the passing was lacking; due in large part, to the absence of T. J. Houshmandzadeh, who signed with Seattle last off-season, and Laveranues Coles not fitting well into the Bengals system. They also tragically lost the late Chris Henry, who died falling from a moving truck, during a domestic dispute. Henry was becoming a bright, young talent at the time of his death. This basically left Ochocinco as the only weapon in the passing game.
Earlier this week, the Bengals had Antonio Bryant, the former Pitt standout in for an interview. Bryant had career highs in 2008, with Tampa Bay, and then struggled last session as he was bothered by knee pain all season long. I am surprised that they are giving Bryant and Owens as much consideration as they are. Personally, I would sacrifice the number 1 draft pick that Denver wants, and obtain Brandon Marshall, who is questionably the best receiver on the field right now. In each of his past three seasons, he has averaged over 102 catches, 1,237 yards, and over 7 touchdowns per season. Those numbers are far better than any rookie wide receiver in this years draft is going to produce. It will be interesting to see which direction the Bengals take, and if Chad Ochocinco gets his wish.
Elsewhere in the NFL today; just a day after letting go 2007 Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Anderson, the Browns are looking into moving on with Brady Quinn as well. Quinn, who the Browns traded up for in the 2006 draft, just hasn’t performed like he was projected. Personally, I never did like the move. I was not a Brady Quinn fan when they drafted him, and would be happy to see him go. I just nerve understood where all the hype came from during his Notre Dame days. I have a feeling that another Golden Domer is going to end up the same as Quinn. Yes, I’m talking about Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen. For some unheard of reason, he is being ranked as the second best quarterback in the draft behind Sam Bradford of Oklahoma. Who are these experts, and are they really serious with this stuff? At best, Clausen will end up being a backup for a mismanaged team, just like fellow Fightin’ Irish of recent memory; Quinn, Ron Powlus, and Rick Mirer.
I will continue to follow the Browns quarterback situation closely, as I am very curious to the direction that the team is headed in. It has been said that they are transforming more to the west coast style offense, and newly acquired Seneca Wallace has the experience, from working for Mike Holmgren in Seattle.
Veteran running back Larry Johnson is visiting with the Washington Redskins today. The Redskins are looking for a veteran in the backfield to sure up the run game. They also visited with former Steeler running back Willie Parker earlier in the week.