T.O.: 'I should still be in Dallas'

Two years removed from his time with the Cowboys, Owens doesn't blame himself for the late-season troubles in 2008.Will he create more problems in Cincinnati?

No matter where he goes or for whom he plays, Terrell Owens is always good for a chuckle.

Sunday morning, before the Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys kicked off the preseason at the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, T.O. was asked about his three-year tenure with the Cowboys. He uttered this nugget: "Do I think I should probably be there? Yeah, but that's not the case."

Memories tend to fade as time passes, and this is clearly the case with T.O. But it's been that way throughout most of his career, so it's understandable that he seems to forget his transgressions so quickly after he leaves one team for another.

The only thing that outpaces his talent is his penchant for stirring the pot. And although his brief time in Cincinnati has been relatively quiet so far, it's probably only a matter of time before Owens throws an egotistical hissy fit on the sidelines.

It's all about getting the ball, of course, so you have to wonder how long it will take before he and Chad Ochocinco give up on their Batman and Robin act and start fussing about play calls and why they're not seeing enough balls thrown their way.

It happened in Dallas. Two seasons ago, the Cowboys slumped at the end of the season and missed the playoffs. The friction between T.O. and quarterback Tony Romo was palpable, with Owens and some of his receiver teammates upset that Romo seemed to favor tight end Jason Witten with more balls. It was even suggested that Romo and Witten held private meetings to discuss plays.

In the end, Owens had to go, but he now sees it differently. "Again, I still stand by the things that I said and what was done," he said. "I know that honestly it wasn't my fault."

It never is. Owens sabotaged relationships with Jeff Garcia in San Francisco and Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia, so it makes you wonder if he and Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer are headed for the same intersection.

Here's a guy with Hall of Fame numbers who is now with his fourth team in the past six seasons. He spent most of the offseason wondering if any team would give him a call, and it took some heavy lobbying by Ochocinco to gets the Bengals interested. At age 36, there are doubts Owens can get down the field the way he used to, but with the ball in his hands, he can be a significant weapon.

But now, as always, he continues to be his own worst enemy. His time in Dallas lasted three seasons and could have been longer. The fact that it wasn't is really his own fault.

"It was short-lived," he said. "I was prematurely let go. Things like that happen."

Sadly, they always happen to Owens.

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