Ochocinco praises Tillman, Bears

Updated: October 21, 2009, 2:20 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco touched on a variety of topics during a conference call with Chicago media members on Wednesday.

Ochocinco began by raving about Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, his likely adversary in the secondary this weekend at Paul Brown Stadium.

"I've been studying film on 'Peanut' since training camp," Ochocinco said. "He's really, really good, man.

"I know I've been playing around on Twitter and going back and forth with the nonsense, it's the way I play the game, but he looks really good. He's shut down some top receivers, so it's going to be a fun, interesting matchup come Sunday."

The eccentric receiver was asked about Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, who just happened to walk into the media room during the call.

"That's a very good friend of mine," Ochocinco said. "You guys pass a message, if he's thinking about hitting me, I'll sue."

The two players then went on to exchange pleasantries, before Ochocinco told Briggs "keep your head on a swivel, because I'm head hunting."

In the Bengals' 2005 victory at Soldier Field, Ochocinco -- then known as Chad Johnson -- performed the River Dance after scoring a touchdown against the Bears.

What does he have planned for this weekend?

"I'm thinking about doing the samba this week courtesy of my friend [Brazilian soccer star] Ronaldinho," Ochocinco said.

And then there was the issue of Ochocinco taking credit for Jay Cutler's contract extension via his Twitter account.

"Just having fun man," Ochocinco said. "Congrats to Jay, it was well deserved. He's one of the best in the game, regardless of what other people think. I've seen him play, and I see some of things he can do on the field, and trust me it's deserved."

As the media attempted to let Ochocinco go, he wanted to pass along one final message.

"Can you please tell Johnny Knox I said hello," Ochocinco said. "I think the world of him and what he's doing out there. I look forward to meeting him Sunday."

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com.

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Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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