We’re getting the latest on the pending Terrell Owens deal on a number of fronts. First it was the reaction of Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, now the take from Owens’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus.
While Owens has yet to technically sign a contract with the Bengals, Rosenhaus told “NFL Total Access” the pending signing “looks like a formality at this point.” He expects the deal to be finalized late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.
Rosenhaus also offered up a few other nuggets related to the signing:
- Although he said he doesn’t have “direct knowledge” of the situation, Rosenhaus believes the health status of Antonio Bryant played a role in the signing of Owens. Bryant suffered through a number of injuries last season, and rumors continue there are concerns over his surgically repaired left knee.
- Rosenhaus said the Bengals were always the top choice of Owens, and he would have signed after a March tryout, when the Bengals instead opted to sign Bryant to a four-year, $28 million contract.
- NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported Owens will make $2 million in base salary and could earn an additional $2 million in incentives. Rosenhaus describes those incentives as “very reachable” and indicated the bulk of the incentives are consistent with Owens’ production last season in Buffalo.
- We’ve heard about the workouts last week in California between Owens and Bengals QB Carson Palmer. Rosenhaus believes the workouts impressed Palmer, who then “went to bat” for signing Owens back to the Bengals.