*Not only would they be together in back-to-back reality shows on VH1, but if Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown has his way, wide receivers Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens will be on the same football team.
The Bengals initially passed on the chance to sign T.O. after a tryout in March, but have given it more thought now that he remains a free agent. Brown said Monday that a contract has been discussed with Owens and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, according to the Associated press. If the 36-year-old receiver accepts the offer, the Bengals would lead the league in reality show stars.
Ochocinco appeared on “Dancing With the Stars” in the offseason, and has a dating show called “Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch” currently playing on VH1. Right after Ochocinco’s show comes “The T.O. Show,” currently in its second season.
Brown noted that Owens caught the winning 57-yard touchdown pass in Dallas’ 31-22 victory over the Bengals in 2008.
“I think that I would rather have him line up on our side of the ball than the other side of the ball,” Brown said, at the team’s annual preseason luncheon. “I can remember playing Dallas a few years ago when he caught a pass across the middle that won the game for them.
“So I’ve seen him do it. I’ve seen him do it against us. I’d like him to be here and do that against somebody else.”
So would Ochocinco, who is a close friend and lobbied unsuccessfully for the Bengals to sign Owens in March. Instead, they chose receiver Antonio Bryant and gave him a four-year deal.
One change since then: Cincinnati’s quarterback has joined the lobbying effort. Carson Palmer has been working out with Owens in California, and excitedly called coach Marvin Lewis about making a run to sign the receiver.
“Carson was really impressed with a lot of the things that Terrell was doing,” Lewis said. “Carson’s comments to me — I guess the word is they resonate well.”