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Terrell Owens 'Very Close' to Deal with Bengals

7/23/2010 9:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Unemployed NFL star Terrell Owens is "very close" to signing a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals ... sources close to the deal tell TMZ.

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Owens is famously tight with current Bengals star WR Chad Ochocinco and has expressed interest in the past about joining the squad.

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16.

happy2bhere    

So what if they have ego's, they re both Champions, and it will certainly help Cincinnati. Both of these men are awesome talents, and seem to be friends. Fire up the team and lets see some wins AND entertainment! Good for Cincinnati and the NFL. Congrats to T.O. !

1451 days ago
17.

jesse    

two of the biggest famewhores in the nfl.. that ochocinco dude makes me sick.. the ultimate catch <--really?lol .. and dancing with the stars..stupid ass.. and dont even get me started with terrell..oops o yeah T.O.

1451 days ago
18.

Superman    

Nobody else wants him. And considering they signed Antonio Bryant this offseason, I'm betting the Bengals will get TO on the cheap.

1451 days ago
19.

Hey Now    

@jcolumbusoh The very fact that they both act like idiots in the public gives me the right to call them fools. Chad Ochocinco??? Someone changing their last name to 85 in spanish isn't foolish to you??? Wow. You must have a really low standard of decorum.

1451 days ago
20.

Strunz28    

Bye Bye Bengals...

1451 days ago
21.

dd    

Maybe he'll stop whining so much now.

1451 days ago
22.

richard    

man this ***** is washed up he needs to go ahead and retire.
Between him and that jackass ocho stinko the benegals will go 0-17

1451 days ago
23.

Patty    

I am a huge Terrell Owens fan. I always pick the best. Terrell hasn't lost any "step" in his game...Every GREAT WR's "drop the ball"...but when Terrell does it, it's never forgotten. Just add up all the completions, touchdowns and yard this young man has... Understand he is the greatest WR to ever play this game, except for Jerry Rice, and he had Montana! Even with Owens losing almost three years of play (Beagles contract fiaso; one year with an awful Buffalo team; and one year with the flash in the pan Romo throwing to his best friend, Jason Witten 85% of the time. Regardless, with OchoCinco and Terrell together, it will be great football AND great entertainment. Owens has got an unfair, bad rap ever since the Beagles and McNabb when Terrell only spoke one sentence of TRUTH. McNabb was always over rated... and he has his outstanding stats thanks to the time he played with Owens...but McNabb was jealous of the kid...and McNabb ALWAYS had a phony, stupid personality...Puking on the field in the last 5 minutes of the superbowl....crashing and burning, while Owens played on one and a half legs that day and was the BEST player on the field. A courageous and mostly thankless effort from the great Owens. He's in the Hall of Fame if he never played another game...but he will and I love the idea of him and Chad on the same team. High Octane.

1451 days ago
24.

BallaBlocka    

I been doing some thinking about this and have come to this conclusion. If this whole T.O. to the Bengals thing turns out to be true, I think both him and OchoBuffoono will finally come out the closet, profess their love for each other, and become the first openly-gay male black pro athlete couple. Just sayin'.....

1451 days ago
25.

Dick Hertz    

Quit wasting everyone's time, get some more facts before posting this garbage.

1451 days ago
26.

TMZgossip    

Posted at 7:46 PM on Jul 23, 2010 by offtheproperty
could be worse...it could be succer that they play

Posted at 7:58 PM on Jul 23, 2010 by Patty
um, that object in your mouth just might make a mess!!!

1450 days ago
27.

tyler    

T.O. is washed up.

1450 days ago
28.

Jake    

TMZ,

Is this kind of thing really your forte? If you're right you'll look good, of course. But is the modest upside really worth taking any sort of credibility hit over? Disinfo seems to swirl around Owens so the degree of difficuty in getting this one right is certainly above average.

1450 days ago
29.

Avi    

I think TO and Ochocinco could be deadly yet combustible. I think with a big arm like Palmer, the NFL should take notice. I think TO is a great second option for any team. Check out my article for more of my thoughts on TO http://pardonmybias.com/the-to-saga/

1450 days ago
30.

frank frank    

t. o. come on ova ta team thats in need of a player wit yo calibur of wide out potential you and ocho together that would be the stockton malone the jordan pippen and the payton and kemp of the nfl but on the real come on and give the nati wat they ben missing for the longest you coming to the nati would be like the hook off the jab combo that the young mike tyson had. p.s. all and all you are wat we are missing jus give us a 2yr contract a i promise you would love us and we are not trippin bout the t.o. attitude everyone is afraid of cause thats marvin's specialty dealing wit hot heads we are not in any kinda way trippin bout that cause marvin will handle that area we jus need you ta do you on that field

1450 days ago
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