Some very unique personalities will call the Bengals’ locker room home this season. Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco are two of them.
Soon after word of the Owens deal came down, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis granted the first interview to “NFL Total Access” and had this to say about how his team will mesh:
“I think the personalities of a professional football team, they have a way of coming together when they get united doing one thing — and that’s winning football games,” Lewis said. “That’s the challenge. That’s what I’ve spoken to all of them about. I can’t tell you on which day who is going to get a chance to do what, but that your time is coming. Be ready. Be prepared. Come on every day and strap up and let’s go to work. Your day will come. At the end of this, if we do it right enough, we’ll all feel pretty good about things.”
Lewis said he struck a good relationship with Owens, and the two stayed in contact since his visit early in the offseason. Lewis said the deal was re-visited over the last several days.
“I think really we’re adding a player who has been extremely productive throughout his career and really compliments the guys that we have offensively already,” Lewis said. “But really, when Terrell didn’t sign, obviously they still had the interest and the attraction. I’m glad it was able to work out. It makes for the greater good of the football team. I think our goals, and what Terrell wants for his career, he’s done everything else, other than be a champion.”
The Bengals open camp Wednesday, and Lewis indicated that the team would try to get Owens in as soon as possible, which likely will be that evening.