Is Our Long National Nightmare Finally Over? UPDATE - Coles to Visit Cincy Tuesday


The National Football Post says T.J. Houshmandzadeh is headed to Seattle after the Seahawks upped their offer to close the gap against the Cincinnati Bengals.

This is, of course, the same source that said T.J. was on the cusp of re-signing with Cincinnati at the start of free agency, so take it with a grain of salt. Still, this wouldn’t be unexpected. The Bengals are to be commended for fighting hard for T.J., and offering more than he was arguably worth to stay. Bring on Laveranues Coles.

More rumors: Clare Farnsworth investigates reports of a T.J. sighting at Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport. But Housh’s agent denies it was him. Stay tuned.

Citing “multiple sources,” espn.com says it is indeed Seattle.

Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson says the team’s initial offer was four years at about $6.5 million per before T.J. hit the market, and they subsequently bumped it to $7.5 million a year in an effort to keep him in the fold.

Hobson also reports that Coles is expected in Cincinnati tomorrow. Ex-Steeler Nate Washington, also mentioned as a possible replacement for T.J., signed with Tennessee today.

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