You can’t blame Terrell Owens for wanting to return next season to the place where he’s had so much success.
It’s just that none of us guessed that place would have been Cincinnati, or that it would have happened at this point in the career of Owens, who turns 37 next week and was considered by many to have very little left in his tank.
Owens is having his best statistical season since 2007 and it’s paid off, earning him $1 million in bonuses. He’s on pace for 95 receptions, 1,329 yards and 12 touchdowns, which also puts him at or very close to a second tier of bonuses that kick in at 100 receptions, 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns, potentially earning $333,333 for each category.
Owens, who didn’t sign with the Bengals until right before training camp, said he can be even better if he gets another run with QB Carson Palmer.
“If you factor in what I’ve done this year, and obviously with more time and us getting to know each other, you can only imagine what would happen with this year under our belt,” Owens said.
Owens has been a model citizen this season, and it will be interesting to see what market bears for him during the offseason. Of course, if he does return to Cincinnati, there’s no guarantee Palmer will be there. As Jason La Canfora has noted, there are rumblings indicating Palmer and head coach Marvin Lewis are among the Bengals who might not be back next season.