Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens hint at possible campaign to play for Jets; express desire to play for Rex Ryan

By Dan Parzych

In a preview for this week’s episode of The T.Ocho Show, Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens both praised Rex Ryan and expressed how they would love to play for a coach like that. Now, rumors are beginning to emerge about the possibility of the two wideouts ending up with the New York Jets next season.

Considering how the last few weeks have been with head coach Marvin Lewis, it appears Ochocinco is on his way out of Cincinnati. The Bengals picked up his $6 million option for the 2011 season, but they could still decide to trade or release him without losing any money. After breaking the 1,000-yard mark just over the last three seasons, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Cincinnati decided to part ways with Ochocinco and focus on their young receiving corps.

As for his best friend, the team already indicated they would not re-sign Owens before the regular season even came to an end. Owens will be looking for a hefty contract after proving he still has some gas left in the tank this season–but his asking price will be too much for the Bengals.

Ocho and Owens were lucky enough to spend one season together, but the chances of them playing on the same team in 2011 seem highly unlikely. However, Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes are both free agents now and the Jets proved last season they are willing to bring in just about any player that they believe gives them a chance of winning the Super Bowl–so adding Ocho and Owens doesn’t seem that crazy after all. Both Ocho and Owens expressed their reasons as to why they would love a chance to play for Ryan on the promo for this week’s episode.

Here’s what Ochocinco had to say:

“They will make it to this point every year. I guarantee they make it to this AFC Championship game ever year based off of heart, will, and the head coach that they have and the players wanting to not just play for themselves, but also for their head coach and doing whatever it takes to make sure they win. Man, I’d do anything to play for someone like Rex Ryan or anyone who has that mentality.

Here’s what Owens had to say:

“I’m jumping on that bandwagon too cause I was thinking the exact same thing Chad. You got a head coach that kinda takes on the personality of the entire team. This is a guy, he’s going to stand on the box, he’s going to stand on the table, he’s going to stand on whatever for his team and I think the guys enjoy playing for him. I can’t be in more agreement with you as a player–you would love to play for a coach like that.

So could this be the beginning of a possible campaign for Ochocinco and Owens to receive another chance at being teammates and playing together in New York next season with Mark Sanchez as their quarterback? Considering all of the additions made by the Jets last offseason, it wouldn’t be a surprise if coach Ryan at least considered the opportunity.

Dan Parzych is the Lead NFL Content Editor for,  where he writes and edits NFL content for

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