The Cincinnati Bengals and Terrell Owens have come to agreement on a two-year, $2 million deal, in hopes that T.O. and fellow Bengals receiver Ochocinco will take Cincinnati to the NFL Super Bowl.
A league source told an ESPN NFL Insider reporter that the deal also includes another $2 million in incentives over the term of his contract. T.O. could earn $333,000 for passing each of the following milestones: 60 catches, 100 catches, 900 receiving yards, 1,300 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns and 14 touchdowns.
Owens and Ochocino have been called Batman and Robin, both known for more than their on-field performances. Both wide receivers have reality TV shows on cable network VH1 – The T.O. Show and Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch.
On his Twitter account, Owens replied to Ochocinco late Tuesday saying: “Ocho Uno is coming 2 town!! Hey Robin, Batman will b there soon!”
Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, who spent some time with T.O. in California, was in agreement that they should sign Owens.
“He and Chad are going to do some great things with Carson,” said Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for both receivers. “Carson Palmer had a lot to do with this deal coming together.”
Despite accusations of T.O. being a locker room cancer for his high-tempered history on the Cowboys, Bengals owner Mike Brown is optimistic that T.O. has changed and will be a great addition to the team.
“Yes, people can make mistakes,” Brown said. “It doesn’t mean that they go on the rest of their lives making mistakes. They can get their ship pointed in the right direction. This is a 36-year-old man. He’s been through a lot. He’s proven as a player and as a person.”
Owens is expected to be at training camp for the Bengals with the rest of the team, which begins on Wednesday in Georgetown, Kentucky.