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Tag:T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Posted on: February 20, 2009 11:12 am
Edited on: February 20, 2009 11:20 am
 

Bengals tag T.J. . . no, wait . . . Shayne???

When the Bengals stuck the franchise tag on Shayne Graham earlier this week, I nearly fell off my chair. Here's a link to the story on www.bengals.com.

http://www.bengals.com/news/news.as
p?story_id=7504

And here is T.J. Houshmandzadeh's reaction to that announcement.

http://www.bengals.com/news/news.as
p?story_id=7503

I like Shayne Graham. I like T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Both have provided great value to the Bengals. The tag gives Graham a one-year $2.48 million deal, though Graham said he would have preferred "a long-term market value contract" either with the Bengals or through free agency.

And this move virtually assures that Housh is headed out the door. All Bengals' fans have had some time to mull this over. Some believe the team will be OK without him. I would like for him to stay for the leadership he provides to the wide receiver corps and the young guys now rising through the ranks among them. I suppose I will have to get used to the idea of Housh in a different uniform, barring a shocking announcement from the Bengals that they have reached a long-term deal that will work for them and for Housh. I just don't have confidence that anyone can step up and be the leader Housh has been the last few years. To replace that leadership, the Bengals likely will have to step into the free-agent market for a big-name, big-reputation wide receiver.

I'm happy for Shayne. He has done enough for the team to deserve that kind of dough. But I'm not sure what the move says about the overall thinking being employed right now by what passes for a brain trust with the Bengals. Tag a place kicker and let arguably one of your best players walk away, again? Sheesh.

Posted on: December 16, 2008 8:05 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2008 8:03 am
 

T.J. goin' Bowling? AFC North heavy hitters

He's ninth among all AFC wide receivers and 18th overall among receivers in the NFL, with 92 catches for 904 yards (average of 9.8 yard per catch) and four touchdowns. He's poised to join a special group of receivers with consecutive 100-catch seasons during their careers. He needs eight in the season's remaining two games. He leads the NFL in third-down catches with 31. He has been a standout on a less-than-mediocre Bengals team this year, giving his best effort every week and working hard to keep morale up on a team stumbling toward the finish line of the 2008 regular season.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh was named today as a second alternate among AFC wide receivers going to the Pro Bowl on February 8 in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Housh went to last year's Pro Bowl and was the first Bengal to score two touchdowns in the NFL's equivalent to Major League Baseball's All-Star Game. Starting wide receivers for the AFC are Andre Johnson of the Texans and Brandon Marshall of the Broncos. Reserve wide receivers are Reggie Wayne of the Colts and Wes Welker of the Patriots. For T.J. to get the call, two among the starters and reserves at receiver would have to decide not to go to Hawai'i.

In a story by Geoff Hobson on the Bengals official website, Housh showed disappointment, but was resolute that he would make it back to the Pro Bowl next year, whether he's wearing a Bengals' uniform or another team's colors.

"That's OK. I'll go next year. I'll go next year wherever I am," said Houshmandzadeh.

Here is a link to the story on the Bengals' website:

http://www.bengals.com/news/news.as
p?story_id=7387

Housh's comments pour fuel on the flames of speculation that he won't be back on the Bengals next year. Rumor has it that he and the team are far apart on the numbers for a new contract for T.J., who becomes a free agent in 2009. Many fans believe he is important to the success of the team next year and in the near future, but that he is not necessarily essential to that success. T.J. has said he does not believe the Bengals will put the franchise tag on him.

For this writer, I believe it is critical to bring Housh back. The Bengals need to step up to keep his leadership, his attitude and his talent in the fold. The team's wide receivers need a veteran example to follow into the future, and I believe he is that example.

Congrats, T.J., and better luck next year, wherever you may be (here's hoping it's with the Bengals).

Around the AFC North . . .

Here are lists of the players from the Ravens, Browns and Steelers who made it to the Pro Bowl as starters and reserves.

Ravens -- Fullback Le'Ron McClain (starter), Linebacker Ray Lewis (starter), Safety Ed Reed (starter), Special Teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo  (starter), Linebacker Terrell Suggs (reserve)

Browns -- Offensive Tackle Joe Thomas (starter), Defensive Tackle Shaun Rogers (reserve)

Steelers -- Linebacker James Harrison (starter), Safety Troy Polamalu (starter), Linebacker James Farrior (reserve)

Congrats to all the picks from the AFC North. I hope I didn't miss anyone, but if I did, I hope someone will point out the oversights. I haven't had time to look up the Ravens, Browns and Steelers who may be among the alternates, so if you know those, too, post 'em up!

GO, BENGALS!!

GO, AFC NORTH!!

 
 
 
 
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