After much speculation, Terrell Owens has agreed to terms with the Bengals and is expected to make if official on Thursday. TO is receiving a base salary of $2M with another $2M coming in incentives. As Mike Florio writes: "Owens needs to improve across the board from his 2009 numbers to reach
his incentives, although we'd classify half of his $2 million in
incentives as realistic. According to a league source, Owens will get
$333,333 each if he reaches the following benchmarks: 60 catches, 900
yards, and ten touchdowns.
Owens caught 55 passes for 829 yards and five scores last year while catching passes in a dreadful passing attack in Buffalo."
- TO has the unwavering support of both Carson and Chad. This is a cordial relationship, so far.
- Sleeping with Bienemy brought this up: For someone who doesn't live in Cincinnati and has to deal with 16 Cowboys games a year on TV, the TO signing will guarantee that the Bengals will receive much more national media attention and will likely push more Bengals games into being the national games of the week.
- Is the Jerome Simpson Experiment over? If you expect the Bengals to keep 7 WRs, with TO, the top 6 WRs on the depth chart should look like this: OchoCinco, TO, Bryant, Shipley, Caldwell, Quan Cosby. That leaves means that out of Matt Jones, Simpson and Maurice Purify, only one will make the final 53 man roster.
- The contract is structured with significant incentives.
- As Florio writes, the incentives could go against the Bengals if TO becomes upset at not getting enough looks. He comes in as the #2 to Chad - can he preform in that role?
- Regardless of what Chad, Carson and Mr. Brown say, it is never clear no one can predict how TO will act when he is under contract. Will be he a veteran presence in the locker room or a team cancer?
- Pacman Jones, Tank Johnson, Matt Jones and now TO all on the same team. As Simmons just tweeted: "@sportsguy33 The VH1 Bengals!!! Can they sign Dr. Drew as the punter?" It just doesn't feel like the Bengals will get through this season without proving the stereotype.