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Preston: T.O. would not have played like a Raven

It was a good move by the Bengals to sign WR Terrell Owens to a one-year $2 million contract, but he wouldn't have fit here in Baltimore.

The Bengals are a team that like to live close to the edge, and Owens fits in with some of the questionable players Cincinnati has drafted or signed in recent years.

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Plus, team owner and general manager Mike Brown has always been fascinated with flashy players, especially on the offensive side of the ball. He believes those type of players put fans in the seat in Cincinnati, and that defense doesn't sell.

The Bengals loaded Owens' contract with incentives, and that's what teams have to do with a player of his status and age. He'll work well with Chad Ochocinco because Owens is no longer a No. 1 receiver. He doesn't get off press coverage or get separation like he used to, but teams still have to respect his speed and ability.

Owens wouldn't have worked here in Baltimore. The Ravens have more of a team philosophy, and you don't take a risk on a personality like Owens when you already believe you have the right talent and chemistry in place to win a Super Bowl.

-- Mike Preston

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