Continuing to work to bolster a passing game that was a major disappointment late last season, the Bengals agreed on July 27 with WR Terrell Owens on a one-year deal reportedly worth $2 million plus another $2 million in incentives. The 36-year-old Owens caught 55 passes for 829 yards and five TDs in Buffalo last season. One of the major issues to watch, of course, is how the catches will be distributed in a Bengals offense that isn't going to abandon the run and become a freewheeling passing attack. Something else to monitor is whether the Bengals' passing-game additions will force opponents to change the way they defend Cincinnati. One defensive assistant familiar with the Bengals' personnel from a season ago told PFW that Owens' arrival could force teams to reconsider whether they can combat Cincinnati's physical running game by moving one of their safeties closer to the line. Owens' addition comes after WR Antonio Bryant, whom Cincinnati signed in March, reportedly experienced knee problems in the offseason.
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