Chris Henry, Bengals Deserve Each Other

Craig Garrison SrSenior Analyst IAugust 19, 2008

That's right, ladies and gentlemen. He's back!

The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed troubled wide receiver Chris Henry on Tuesday. And this is not a "just for now" contract either, but reportedly a two-year deal.

It was only this past April that Henry was cut from the team following his fifth arrest since being drafted in 2005.

Bengals president Mike Brown said at the time of his release that, "His conduct can no longer be tolerated, the Bengals tried for an extended period of time to support Chris and his potentially bright career.

"We had hoped to guide him toward an appropriate standard of personal responsibility that this community would support and that would allow him to play in the NFL...But those efforts end today, as we move on with what is best for our team."

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis had this to say at the team's annual preseason luncheon on July 22 when asked about the possibility of the team re-signing Henry:

"I'm not interested, I don't think it would be productive for our football team. You have to be a productive part to be an NFL player, and there's responsibilities to being an NFL player. It's a privilege, it's not a right. There's a lot that comes with being an NFL football player."

And now, the the head coach and the team president, have no comment. Can anyone say, "Never say Never"?

Henry will miss the first four games of the regular season. He has been suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

The signing is a direct response to the Bengals losing Chad Johnson to injury in last week's preseason game. Johnson injured his left shoulder after being flipped over while jumping to catch a pass and landing awkwardly. However, there has been nothing definitive released by the team concerning the severity of his injury.

The team's second receiver, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, has already missed the preseason due to a muscle pull and skipped the team's OTAs during the offseason. This is rumored to be in response to a desire for a new contract.

Because of the injuries, the team is shorthanded at the position, and the front office was apparently desperate.

Not that the Bengals need desperation to make questionable personnel decisions. They have become well know for bringing in troubled players. Odell Thurman, A.J. Nicholson, Frostee Rucker, are just a few of the many troubled young men the Bengals have had on their roster in the past several years. And Chris Perry, a question mark since Michigan.

There are reports that Lewis is not happy with his bosses in the Bengals front office. And why would he be? His own bosses have just cut him off at the knees. And every player on the team knows it. Lewis has no authority, and if he does, he has no respect. Lewis has lost this team, or it has been taken away from him, and that can't change how.

Sorry, Bengals fans, you're in for a long season.


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