Lewis Addresses T.O. Situation in Presser

Hobson over at the official team site has the transcript from Marvin Lewis’ press conference today.  You can read the entire transcript here.

In the meantime, I thought I’d pass along the question & answer on everyone’s minds–that of Lewis’ thoughts on the signing of Terrell Owens.  Here you go:

Q: Take us through the final decision and consensus to sign Terrell Owens. What was the process, and how much of a role did Carson (Palmer) play?
ML:
“After we signed Antonio (Bryant), the first thing Carson said to me was, ‘Let’s sign T.O., too.’ It ended up playing out that way. We also have contact through Chad (Ochocinco), so both guys play a part in it. And we had positive meetings with Terrell when he was in Cincinnati in March. We’ve had contact with him since then a couple times, and I felt like it was still an opportunity for us to add a quality player, a guy that can help do the things that we want to get done, and really help our offensive football team, both as a threat in the running game, in the passing game, and as a guy who’s got some skins on the wall. He’s an accomplished player, and is looking goal-wise to match up with the same things we are. He’s done everything else, he’s played in one Super Bowl – he wants a chance to achieve that ring, and work for that ring, and hopefully we can all get together on this.

“But just simply, us talking about it, as my favorite wide receiver seems to want to do, that doesn’t get you there. You have to do the work and you have to make the plays, and I think that should be the statement that resonates out of this building, and it will be the next time I have a chance to talk to this football team. It doesn’t matter who we put on this football team — if we don’t do the work and make the plays, it’s all for naught, and that’s what counts.”


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