As if the Jets weren't a big enough freak show during the season, what with Hard Knocks, Rex Ryan's non-stop verbal jabs - and, of course, his alleged foot fetish - things could get even crazier next year if two of the NFL's most temperamental receivers get their wish.
On this week's installment of The T. Ocho Show on Versus, Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco say they'd love to play for the Jets. Profootballtalk.com's Mike Florio had the goods on the two receivers shilling for the Jets.
"They will make it to this point every year,” Ochocinco said, referencing the Jets' back-to-back appearances in the AFC Championship Game. "I’d do anything to play for someone like Rex Ryan or anyone who has that type of mentality.”
Owens said he'd be on board, too. "I’m jumping on that bandwagon, too, because I was thinking the exact same thing, Chad.”
Owens is scheduled to be a free agent, and while Ochocinco has a year remaining on his Bengals' contract, it's believed the team is ready to part ways with him.
Would the Jets be game for either - or both - wide receivers?
Never say never with this team. They'll look at any and every option when it comes to bolstering the roster, with with the possibility looming that they'd lose Santonio Holmes and/or Braylon Edwards in free agency - whenever there's a collective bargaining agreement - they'll certainly be looking at receiver.
Chances are the Jets would be more interested in Ochocinco, mostly because Ryan was impressed with Ochocinco's contributions with the Bengals when Ryan was the Ravens' defensive coordinator. But it's no lock that Ryan would want him; after all, Ochocinco didn't fare well against the Jets during three games over the last two years. The Jets won all three, and Ochocinco was not a factor in any of the games.
In a 26-10 loss in 2010, he had four catches for 41 yards and no touchdowns.
In a 37-0 loss in the final game of 2009, where he started but didn't play the second half, he didn't have a catch. And in a 24-14 loss in the first round of the playoffs the following week, he had two catches for 28 yards and no touchdowns.
Ochocinco had 831 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2010, but finished the season nursing an ankle injury that requires off-season surgery.
Owens had 72 catches for 983 yards and nine touchdowns in 2010, but his history of criticizing quarterbacks is not likely to sit well with the Jets. In fact, the team indicated it was not interested in signing Owens when he became a free agent last year. Can't see how they'd change their minds this year.