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The Daily Banter: Terrell Owens Links Bengals As One Team Still Interested In Him

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Discussions have risen again to a topic that's long been buried in a terrible reenactment of the George A Romero's Dead Series. That's right. Terrell Owens and the Cincinnati Bengals are linked together again. Though the Bengals, nor league insiders are saying much, it's Owens that's keeping the possibility alive.

In the meantime, Owens wants to play for a team that was on the cusp of making or advancing in the playoffs last season. He specifically mentioned Cincinnati, though the Bengals signed Antonio Bryant after meeting with Owens in March, presumably ending their pursuit of other top receivers.

Joe Reedy further axed the idea, writing:

There was a time when the interest between Terrell Owens and the Bengals was mutual, but that ship has sailed. Right now the courtship is one-sided.

A more definitive argument against Terrell Owens is one that Reedy made earlier:

  • They drafted two receivers — Jordan Shipley and Dez Briscoe, which made the odds extremely long.
  • Antonio Bryant was signed to a four-year, $28 million contract.
  • While Owens is still in great shape, he is 37-years old and struggled in Buffalo last year.
  • Attitude — Owens was better last year but his refusal to practice on Fridays during the season, which Rich Gannon brought up on Wednesday on Sirius NFL Radio, was a source of frustration in Buffalo.

Pet Peeve of the Week: Audio pop-up ads on websites when speakers are on at full blast after grooving out with Umphrey's McGee.

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“Mr. Johnson has to live with his behavior that night, his failure to render aid to a person he described as his best friend ... his cowardice and his attempts at self-preservation," Claps said, according to Matthew Walberg of the Chicago Tribune.

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+ Silver and Black wonders how quickly the young players will adjust to controversial calls because the league still has it out for the Raiders.

+ The best free agent signing for the Chiefs this year is running back Thomas Jones.

+ Proof that I'm not the only one with a crazy obsession about what the media says about our respective team.

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+ Time for Giants defensive end Justin Tuck to become a leader, writes Ed Valentine.

+ Acme Packing Company isn't all that surprised that defensive end Johnny Jolly is suspended indefinitely.