Bengals Banter: Terrell Owens enthusiastic in Cincinnati; not reading into Antonio Bryant's itinerary

Did you know that Terrell Owens is in town? Tuesday night, Terrell Owens, eccentric and often disliked, flew into Cincinnati for dinner and a visit with the Bengals, which should extend into Wednesday. And if you listen to Owens, he sounds very interested in playing for the Bengals. So what was the purpose for his visit in Cincinnati -- obviously other than the Bengals needing a good receiver and Owens needing a job... of course.

Owens said that the purpose of the visit is to sit down with Marvin Lewis and the rest of the coaching staff and see where he would fit. For those who wonder how Ochocinco and Owens would be able to coexist in an offense that has had the tendency to sputter the last two years, Owens brought up his relationship and how he worked with Hall of Famer Jerry Rice in San Francisco as proof that things can work.

“For everyone that speculates on the amount of balls going my way or Chad’s way, I’ve played with a great receivers. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with us on the same field. Right now this is my first stop and see how it goes from there.”

Why Antonio Bryant might not be a Bengal. Lamont Smith is Antonio Bryant's agent and, as Jake pointed out Tuesday night during Lost, he's denying that Bryant has a visit scheduled with the Washington Redskins, "though he admits his client does have another couple of visits lined up." What does that mean? Well, nothing really. Because by all appearances one could argue that Bryant leaving town without a deal and Owens' frightening enthusiasm to play with Chad Ochocinco and Carson Palmer, signing Owens is now a matter of time. Maybe even today, based on the scheduled meetings that started at 7:45 AM Wednesday morning.

But I highly doubt that Smith's denial that Bryant is meeting with the Redskins is a result of the Bengals having an upper-hand on Bryant. If the wide receiver left Cincinnati then he's either looking for something of more value, doesn't like the idea of not being the number one receiver and, what could be more realistic, is that the Bengals might not have be impressed enough to invest a long-term deal with Bryant, who has only two 1,000-yard seasons in his eight-year career.

Seahawks unwilling to use their first-round pick for Brandon Marshall. Through all of the speculation that included advanced theories in quantum physics, wide receiver Brandon Marshall is probably staying in Denver. The Bengals will be unwilling to part with their first round pick and the $50-60 million it would take to retain the wide receiver and National Football Post's Aaron Wilson writes that Seattle appears "unwilling to part with a first-round pick."

Still, some believe that Marshall would be the best fit and best long-term option. Can't disagree there.

Anderson speaks out against Browns fans. Upon leaving Cleveland after being released, Derek Anderson made waves saying:

“The fans are ruthless and don’t deserve a winner,” Anderson said. “I will never forget getting cheered when I was injured. I know at times I wasn’t great. I hope and pray I’m playing when my team comes to town and [we] roll them.”

Mike Florio speculates the anger Anderson has with the fans is when Browns fans cheered when Anderson tore a knee ligament in 2008. You know, I get irritated when players speak down to fans as they're unworthy ingrates that are the speed bump towards greater success. But I also can't say that if I were playing and my knee was shredded and the fans cheered, that I wouldn't be upset either. In defense of the fans though (god, defense of Cleveland fans), they likely didn't know that Anderson was so severely injured and cheered more towards the fact that he'll be out of the game.

Quick note: could Shaun Smith be heading to the Kansas City Chiefs?

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