Life After T.J: What the Cincinnati Bengals Need To Do Now

Dave WalkerCorrespondent IMarch 3, 2009

Every Bengal fan knew it when the free agency period began on Friday. T.J. Houshmandzadeh is probably not coming back.

As a Bengal fan, I am not bitter. I understand he wanted to go back to the West Coast. Plus he was probably tired of the same old song and dance from Mike Brown and the Bengal organization.

I simply say, thanks for your time in Cincy.

The biggest problem now is not at wide receiver. We still have Ocho Cinco, Chris Henry (as long as he stays out of jail), and Andre Caldwell. Plus, Laveranues Coles is visiting today.

The main problem may end up being the running game.

We lost Stacy Andrews, whom should be replaced by the No. 6 pick. Which tackle that will be is still to be determined. However, we are still looking to sign another guard, plus we have not addressed our need for a center yet.

To make things worse, Cedric Benson is visiting his hometown of Houston, TX today. If he leaves, that leaves us with Chris Perry, and that worked out so well last year.

Also we need a backup to replace recently departed Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The bottom line is that there are some solid guys still out there, but don't look for Mike Brown to empty his pockets to try and improve this team. Look for Marvin Lewis to have to make every pick count in April's draft.