Owens' tenure in Cincinnati looks over
Terrell Owens (AP/David Kohl)
Terrell Owens (AP/David Kohl)
NFL writer
Posted Dec 20, 2010
Michael R. Martinez

Terrell Owens had a big year in Cincinnati, but a knee injury ends his season. With a losing record and his usual criticism about not seeing the ball enough, his time with the Bengals appears done.

Terrell Owens’ season – and no doubt his tenure in Cincinnati – ended suddenly Sunday when the Bengals wide receiver suffered torn cartilage in his left knee. The fact he left the field on a cart was an unjust end to what had been an impressive season statistically.

But that’s the way it’s been for the T.O. Show. A spectacular beginning always seems to end unhappily, and this season is no different.

Owens caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns, but his chances of returning to the Bengals are no better than coach Marvin Lewis’ – and with his team now 3-11, Lewis is probably on his way out.

Somewhere, a team may decide to take a chance on Owens, and it will mark his fourth team in four years, following the Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals. But he just turned 37 and now has a bum knee that required surgery on Monday to repair.

That makes him a risk. Put that together with his reputation as a problem child and most teams will probably take a pass. He certainly didn’t help his chances of returning to the Bengals when he recently appeared on his reality TV show, “The T.Ocho Show,” in which he shares billing with teammate Chad Ochocinco, and throws blame at everyone, including ownership, coaches and players.

And, of course, there’s the selfishness. A couple of weeks ago, after a loss to the New Orleans Saints, Owens expressed frustration that the Bengals’ offense hadn’t opened up enough to make sure he was more a part of the offense.

“Everybody’s frustrated,” he said, “but I feel like I can be part of the solution as well. Go back and watch the film. I can play this game. There ain’t nobody I feel can stop me when I’m out there. That’s just confidence; it’s not arrogance.

“Everybody can listen to what I say and say that I'm arrogant and that I'm trying to create some controversy or distraction. It's not a distraction ... When there were opportunities one-on-one, I can exploit those matchups.”

We’ve heard it all before. So who’s next?

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