Out with TJ Houshmanzadeh, In with Laveranues Coles

Jeremy JeffriesCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2009

On March 4, 2009, the Cincinnati Bengals agreed in principle to a four-year, $28 million contract with ex-Jet Laveranues Coles.

This comes two days after ex-Bengal T.J. Houshmanzadeh was signed by the Seattle Seahawks for five years and $40 Million dollars.

T.J. Houshmanzadeh is a great receiver and will be missed.


That article should give you an idea about how much he will be missed.

Laveranous Coles is a great addition to the Bengals. He is a 5' 11" 193 pound WR out of Florida State. Coles was drafted by the New York Jets in the third round of the 2000 NFL draft.

Coles attended Ribault High School in Jacksonville, Florida where he played football, basketball, and ran track. In football he rushed for nearly 5,000 yards in his career, was named to the Blue Chip Dream Team, and was a member of a state Championship team as a senior. He had blazing speed in track where he recorded a time of 10.6 seconds in the 100 meter dash and 21.8 seconds in the 200 meter dash.

Coles had 127 catches for 2,012 yards and nine touchdowns as a member of the Florida State Seminoles.

Coles has had a very good career up until this point, with 631 receptions for 8,095 yards and 44 touchdowns. That is actually 124 receptions, 2313 yards, and 7 touchdowns better than T.J. Houshmanzadeh.

Laveranues has had some issues. During his senior season with Florida State, he and ex Bengal Peter Warrick were arrested for grand theft, and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor petty theft after an incident at a Dillard's Department store in Tallahassee. The two, with help from a lady friend who worked as the cashier at the store, purchased $412.38 worth of clothes and were only charged $21.40—a discount so large it was considered shoplifting under Florida law. Warrick and Coles were dismissed from the Seminoles.

Coles was arrested in 1998 for simple battery, suspended for the Seminoles' 1999 season opener versus Louisiana Tech for academic reasons, and he was discovered to have accepted a plane ticket from a sports agent's representative in 1999.

Coles has also had some issues with concussions. He has suffered three of them, including one in December, 2006 when the Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas laid him out.

I think Coles is an underrated player who has had a magnificent career. He had a Pro Bowl season in 2003 that included 82 receptions 1204 yards and six touchdowns while he played for the Washington Redskins.

He set a NFL record in 2002-03 when he caught five or more passes in 19 straight games (streak began on 9/29 at JAX and ended on 10/19 at BUF).

He has 19 games with at least 100 yards receiving and six multi-TD games.

He was paired with Jerricho Cotchery in 2006 to form the top-producing single-season receiving tandem in Jets history with 173 receptions. (Imagine what he and Chad Johnson can do with Palmer at the helm.)

His 91 catches in 2006 are second-most in a season by a Jet, trailing WR Al Toon’s 93 receptions in 1988.

I think with the signing of Coles, the Cincinnati Bengals shouldn't have any problem deciding whether or not to draft Eugene Monroe to shore up the O-Line. I'm sure the thought of drafting Michael Crabtree has been weighing on their minds due to the departure of T.J., however, they desperately need help on the line with the departure of Stacy Andrews and the lack of talent in other positions on the line.