The St. Louis Rams decided Monday that they are no longer interested in signing free-agent receiver Terrell Owens for the 2010-2011 NFL season. President Mike Brown of the Cincinnati Bengals, on the other hand, has confirmed that the Bengals are interested in signing T.O. and indicated the Bengals had made an offer.
“It’s up to him,” Brown said of Owens, according to Bengals.com. “We are talking to him. We have some interest.”
“When he was here, I was surprised,” Brown said. “Privately he is not at all the way his public image is depicted. He’s a pleasant person, a quiet person. I found him engaging and I do trust my own eyes on this sort of thing. If he chooses to come here he could help our team. It’s going to be his decision.”
Brown also said that Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer reported that Owens “can still run” after throwing routes to Owens in California.
“He changes field position. He makes long plays,” Brown said.
The Bengals website says interest in Owens stems from the Bengals’ belief and desire to make a serious run for the championship next year.
“If we’re healthy we can be a team that can play with anyone,” Brown said. “We have ambitions to have that one golden year. You always do when you start out. But this year more than most in recent times I think we have a better shot at it.”
T.O., now 36-years-old, is a six-time Pro Bowler. He played last season with the Buffalo Bills, catching 55 passes for 829 yards and five touchdowns.