Will The Cincinnati Bengals and T.J Houshmanzadeh Reunite?
The Seattle Seahawks are going in a different direction at the Wide Receiver position. Reports are stating that they are looking to play Mike Williams, Golden Tate, Deon Branch, and Deon Butler. T.J. Houshmanzadeh will not be apart of the new "youth movement" so the Seahawks are looking to trade or release him. Whenever Housh hits the market many teams will be knocking at the door for his services. T.J. is tough wide receiver who is a mismatch in the slot. T.J. is 32 years old and has a few good years left in him.
It may sound crazy but the Bengals should be begging Housh to come back to the Queen City. Yes the Bengals have Chad Ochocinco and T.O, but the Bengals offense are missing that 3rd down security blanket. It would be quite scary to see T.J. work in the slot while Chad and T.O. stretch the field. Carson Palmer has not been the quarterback that he was in 2006. Last season he was a game manager at best that faded down the stretch of the season. Despite making the Pro Bowl Chad Ochocinco suffered from Palmer's mediocre play during the latter part of the season.
In the off-season when T.J. bolted Cincinnati the front office placed a franchise tag on Shane Graham which was a slap in the face to their Pro Bowl WR. If the Seattle Seahawks release Houshmanzadeh he should be a no brainer pick for the Bengals. The Bengals cannot rely on Jordan Shipley or Andre Caldwell in the slot. Antonio Bryant was expected to play that role, but his chronic knee injury put a halt to that experiment.
Chad and T.J. form a special bond they were teammates in college and teammates in the pros and they both feed off each others skill set. Chad had his best seasons when T.J. was in town and T.J. became Pro Bowl wide out due to Chad taking the pressure off him. It was a beautiful thing to watch with number 9 throwing the ball to them. The numbers do not lie Housh is needed in Cincinnati. Carson Palmer will be revived and Chad will continue to be Chad and that is a scary sight to see. I wouldn't want to be a Defensive Coordinator in the AFC if I have to game plan against that trio of wide outs along with Cedric Benson and a young Jermaine Gresham.
Maybe it is wishful thinking on my part, but Housh and the Bengals need each other. Mike Brown and T.J. Houshmanzadeh can patch up their previous spat over a nice dinner at the Montgomery Inn. If Carson can vouch for T.O. I am pretty sure he can do the same for his former teammate. We shall see what the future holds in Who-Dey land.
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