It appears as if the Cincinnati Bengals are not likely to slap a franchise-tag on wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. This should not come as a big surprise to most, as it has been long rumored that Houshmandzadeh may be heading out of Cincinnati.
He became very difficult last offseason, as he refused to attend the team's workouts. With his contract running out, it would require a great amount of cap space for the Bengals to re-sign him.
It is likely that the Bengals will instead use that extra cap-room to attend to other areas of their roster. This will be a good move because Houshmandzadeh is not worthy of the amount of money he will expect.
He's a good possession receiver, but he is more a product of Carson Palmer than a great individual talent. Some might argue that his 92 receptions for 904 yards and four touchdowns last season are evidence that he can make an impact, even with a quarterback of Ryan Fitzpatrick's caliber.
That is not enough to convince me that he is worth his asking price. The Bengals will be better off drafting a quality blue-chipper in one of the early rounds of the draft, while also having the money to improve other areas.
I expect the Bengals to make Houshmandzadeh an offer, but he will decline and opt to test free agency and pick up a bigger paycheck with a better team.
To think many thought that Chad Ocho Cinco was the man lacking Bengal-pride. After all the drama of last year's offseason, we won't be seeing any more Houshmandzadeh, but we will be seeing No. 85.