*Terrell Owens will be sporting his usual No. 81 jersey when he dons the uniform of the Cincinnati Bengals this season.
NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp reported that Owens paid an undisclosed amount to fellow Bengals wide receiver Antonio Bryant for the right to wear the number he’s used his entire career. Some of the money, Sapp reported, will be donated to charity.
Owens, 36, will be introduced as the newest member of the Bengals later today after Wednesday’s announcement that the two parties agreed on a contract.
The Bengals had a chance to sign T.O. after a tryout in March, but gave Antonio Bryant a four-year deal instead to line up opposite Chad Ochocinco.
Quarterback Carson Palmer worked out with Owens in California over the last month and told coach Marvin Lewis that he looked really good. With Owens still available on the eve of training camp, the Bengals made a move.
Owens will get a $2 million salary and a chance to make another $2 million in bonuses, according to reports. He could earn $333,000 each for passing the following milestones: 60 catches, 100 catches, 900 receiving yards, 1,300 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns and 14 touchdowns, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.