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Welcome to the jungle: T.O. visiting with Bengals on Wednesday

Terrell Owens landed in Cincinnati on Tuesday to see if the Bengals are interested in adding him to their stalled-out passing game.

Owens had dinner with members of the Bengals' coaching staff Tuesday night and was scheduled to visit the team's offices Wednesday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

The 36-year-old wide receiver tweeted Tuesday that he was to meet with Bengals officials.


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"En route (at) Natti land!!" Owens tweeted. "i'll let u guys know how the mtg went! Cn't go 2 bad considering the pursuit of tht Lombardi shiny thing!!"

Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has been lobbying for the team to sign Owens since the end of last season, when Cincinnati's passing game lacked a deep threat.

The Bengals went 10-6 and won the AFC North last season by relying on their defense and their running game. They lost to the New York Jets in their first playoff game since 2005, struggling to move the ball.

Cincinnati needs at least one proven receiver after releasing Laveranues Coles, who lasted only one season with the Bengals. Matt Jones, who was out of the NFL last season after the Jacksonville Jaguars released him for off-the-field problems, has signed a one-year deal with the Bengals.

"The Bengals and Terrell make a lot of sense," Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who started 12 games for Cincinnati in 2008 and played with Owens last season, told the Bengals' official Web site. "Carson is at his best when he's throwing the long ball, and they've had trouble lately getting Chad freed up because he's always double covered. They don't have a deep threat on the other side, and Terrell can bring that because he can still run and make big plays.

"Just knowing Carson, I think they would work well together. I saw Carson's quotes that he's pretty much handled it all and seen it all when it comes to wide receivers, and I think he's right. Terrell wants to win. A great competitor, and I think he and Chad would feed off each other. The guy was a good teammate."

It's unclear whether the Bengals have much interest in Owens, whose production declined in each of his last two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and Bills. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Bryant was in Cincinnati on Tuesday, too, and reportedly received a four-year contract to join the Bengals.

Owens, a six-time Pro Bowl pick, had 69 catches for 1,052 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Cowboys in 2008, and he dropped off to 55 catches for 829 yards with five touchdowns for the Bills last season.

Owens and Ochocinco are represented by agent Drew Rosenhaus, who didn't return a phone message Tuesday. Rosenhaus told SIRIUS NFL Radio on Friday night that he had talked to the Bengals about Owens, but he wasn't sure where the team was headed.

Bryant had career highs with 83 catches for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns in 2008 with Tampa Bay. He needed surgery for torn cartilage in his left knee during training camp last year, and he was bothered by pain in the knee all season. He finished with 39 catches for 600 yards and four touchdowns.

Cincinnati's passing offense finished 26th in the NFL last season, even though Carson Palmer was back from an elbow injury. The Bengals didn't have a reliable third-down receiver -- T.J. Houshmandzadeh left as a free agent for the Seattle Seahawks before last season -- and Coles failed to blend into the offense.

The Bengals also lacked a deep threat after Chris Henry was hurt. Henry later died in a fall from a truck during a domestic dispute.

Finding a receiver and a tight end are among the Bengals' top priorities in free agency and the draft.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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