Will the Bears go after T.J. Houshmandzadeh in March to fill their need at wide receiver? Chicago Sun-Times sportswriter Mike Mulligan says, “it’s not going to happen.”
Mulligan says the T.J’s age, combined with cash-on-hand issues related to the looming uncapped year, make it unlikely that the Bears would join the biding should Houshmandzadeh escape into free agency untagged.
Cash upfront will be more important than ever in the upcoming free-agent market because of labor strife between owners and players and the possibility of an uncapped year. Two agents on the sidelines at Senior Bowl practices said the pro-rated signing bonus system won’t work during the free-agent market because of the uncapped year, which means players will be looking for roster bonus money — millions guaranteed upfront that can be paid off incrementally.
The Bengals banked money last year via the releases of Rudi Johnson, Willie Anderson and Deltha O’Neal.