Updated: July 27, 2010 -- A day after the St. Louis Rams dropped out of the Owens race, The New York Jets are rumored to have reached out to Owen's people. The obvious question is why? They have Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes (less 4 game suspension). Where would they shoehorn in another showboat diva like Owens. This move makes no sense for T.O. or the Jets, and seems highly unlikely.
Updated: July 26, 2010 -- Today the Rams have passed on offering T.O. a contract, while the Bengals have officially tendered an offer. Now it's all about the Benjanins? T. Ocho.? OwensCinco. There's a nice ring there.
Depending on whose column you read this weekend, the Cincinnati Bengals have all but wrapped up the once dominating turf diva, Terrell Owens, or the St. Louis Rams have him all but branded.
Yesterday, ESPN's Adam Schefter said that while no deal was imminent, Owens and Bengals QB Carson Palmer have been working out in California. The Bengals and Palmer were both impressed with what they saw.
Meanwhile, Chad Ochocinco's current cross-field partner Antonio Bryant, remains an injury concern, thanks to his knee.
Ochocinco, is a big supporter of Owens coming to Cincy. The two loud-mouthed receivers are close friends and reality TV colleagues. Each have helped the other promote their respective shows on VH1.
The Bengals are very high on rookie Jordan Shipley this summer, but Owens would be a nice addition, especially for fantasy owners.
Today, the wind is blowing in a southernly direction towards Missouri, where ESPN's Chris Mortenson has Owens all but signed as the newest member of the league's cellar-dwellering, St. Louis Rams.
According to Mortenson and other team reports, The Rams have gotten quite aggressive in going after Owens, to give their rookie QB a legitimate receiving threat. From that perspective this would be a good move for the St. Louis organization. Owens presence could ease the pressure on their young wide receiving corps of Donnie Avery, Laurent Robinson and rookie Mardy Gilyard.
Fox's Jay Glazer Tweeted this afternoon on the Rams decision to meet this coming Monday to make a decision on Owens;
"They've casually thought about it for months, but there's still a lot to get thru to get it done. $$ and whether or not [Owens] wants to go."
But wait a minute. Didn't the Rams say Sam Bradford would not play this year? That AJ Feeley is their starter? And didn't Terrell Owens say he was only interested in playing for a contender? The Rams have no chance to contend anytime soon. So from that standpoint alone, the Rams make no sense for Owens. The Bengals do.
From a fantasy perspective, Owens to the Rams is only less exciting than him staying in Buffalo. Now, a spot on the Bengals roster could make T.O. fantasy viable again.
Keep an eye on this. If he becomes a Ram, Owens is a WR3 or WR4 at best, but in Ohio, he could become WR2 worthy.
Lion or Lamb? Er, Tiger or Ram?
My money's on the Bengals securing T.O.'s services--between the two.