Update: The National Football Post claims Houshmandzadeh and the Bengals are closing in on a deal that would keep him out of the free agent market:
The National Football Post has learned that free-agent wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh and the Cincinnati Bengals are close to reaching an agreement on a new contract. It’s believed there’s 70-percent chance Houshmandzadeh returns to Cincinnati next season, sources said.
However, C. Trent speaks with T.J., who says he’s unaware of any pending deal and hasn’t talked to his agent today.
More as it develops.
Original Post: I’m not quite sure what to make of this comment by NFL.com’s Adam Schefter that the Cincinnati Bengals are “making a last-ditch effort to re-sign” WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Is this some fresh, final push by the Bengals, or just an acknowledgment that the two sides remain in contact, which is something that’s been reported for weeks? It’s possible that Cincinnati has added some last-minute sweeteners to its offer to T.J., (especially since the cap got an unanticipated bump yesterday) but unless they are prepared to cave completely and break the bank for him, I don’t see any chance he stays off the market.
However, any bump helps to keep the Bengals in the hunt should Housh not see the kind of coin he’s hoping for when the free agent floodgates open.
Schefter also says this, under his section on free agent running backs:
Chris Perry — It’s going to be hard for Cincinnati to lose both Benson and Perry.
Well, yes, Adam, that will be hard, seeing as how Perry is not a free agent this year…