The offer the Cincinnati Bengals have on the table for WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh is larger than those given by the Giants to Plaxico Burress and by the Steelers to Hines Ward, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy.
The Bengals have been in discussions with McGuire and have an offer on the table higher than the deals of Plaxico Burress (five years, $35 million with $11 million guaranteed) and Hines Ward (five years, $33 million). The Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting that the Vikings and Seahawks are both offering three-year deals, with Seattle offering a couple million more per season than Minnesota.
As this deal will probably be Houshmandzadeh’s last, I can see how a three-year deal might not be attractive. He isn’t generating a lot of interest now, at 32, and he’ll draw even less at 35. The guaranteed coin in Cincy is probably larger as well, and that has to be a consideration given the expiring CBA and the possibility of a lockout/strike. The more money he can pocket now, the better. Of course, that looks to mean sucking it up and coming back to the Bengals.