Chris Henry Will Help Bengals Win Despite Team Image

Andrew DawsonCorrespondent IAugust 21, 2008

Is anyone honestly surprised by the Bengals signing Chris Henry? I’m not. It was a good move. I’ll wait for you to pick your jaw up. Ready? I know about 75 percent of Bengals fans reading this will think I’m an idiot, but hear me out.

This signing wasn’t about the Bengals' image; it wasn’t even about giving Chris Henry his fifth or sixth chance at playing football. Forget even the storyline of a power struggle between coach Marvin Lewis and owner Mike Brown.

There is no power struggle because when it comes down to it, the owner will win that battle every time. It was all about one thing and one thing only: winning. Chad Johnson went down with a shoulder injury against the Lions Sunday night, and no one knows how long he will be out.

The preliminary reports suggest he will still be ready by week one, but with signing Henry the Bengals might have just admitted otherwise. So let’s assume Johnson is hurt for more than just the next two weeks.

What does that leave the receiving corps with? T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who hasn’t played in a pre-season game yet (and didn’t even practice a lot during training camp), a rookie with a sprained foot in Andre Caldwell, Antonio Chatman, Glenn Holt, and rookie Jerome Simpson, who seems a year or two away from being ready to make an impact.

Look at that list without Chad Johnson and a questionable Houshmandzadeh. Not feeling too confident, are you? The Bengals needed Chris Henry and fans know it even if they don’t want to admit it. The Bengals pay these athletes to make plays, not to be upstanding citizens.

I read where some fans said they were going to boycott the team now because of the Henry re-signing. Really? Boycott the team because of one player?  The minute Henry catches a deep ball for 60 yards from Palmer, or he catches a touchdown every fan in Paul Brown Stadium will forget about the arrests and the image of the Bengals.

Winning will make all this seem like no big deal. Besides Bengals fans, you wouldn’t want Henry in a Ravens or Browns uniform would you?