Bengals Quickly Move On


Posted by: Shaun Dolence

The Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to a deal with wide receiver Laveranues Coles, who was recently released by the New York Jets.

Coles, the likely candidate to replace Houshmandzadeh in Cincinnati, reportedly had a one-year offer of $6 million on the table, but turned it down. Based on the Bengals offer, he could be making $7 million per season.

Comparing Coles’ four-year, $28 million contract with that of Houshmandzadeh’s (five years, $40 million with $16 million in guarantees) proves that the Seahawks didn’t necessarily overpay for T.J., but rather satisfied his market value. They’re nearly the same age, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh was obviously the more coveted free agent.

In other news around the NFL …

The Dallas Cowboys have cut ties with troubled wide receiver Terrell Owens. Owens has proved several times that he is a cancer in the locker room, and it will be interesting to see how many suitors he’ll have now that he is a free agent. Any thoughts on where he could end up? I can think of one place where he’d probably be welcome.