Tuesday Morning Hangover: Benson, Coles and (of course) More T.J.

Running back Cedric Benson broke bread with Houston coaches yesterday, but no deal was reached for the former Bears and Bengals back. Benson said the possibility of signing with the Texans was “good,” though “there’s always a business side to everything.” Translation: pay me and I’ll stay. So far, however, it doesn’t appear anyone is prepared to meet his asking price. Exactly what Benson wants isn’t known, but the Derrick Ward signing yesterday set the market at a bit more than $4 million a year.

Kirk, C. Trent and I are all on the same wavelength regarding T.J. Houshmandzadeh: there was virtually nothing the Bengals could have done to keep him, short of hitting him with the franchise tag, which would only have made T.J. more angry and uncooperative than he’d been over the past two years. Touraj’s remark to Geoff Hobson at bengals.com that the Bengals could have had him if they’d wanted him is belied by the statements immediately preceding it. An offer to pay him more than Plaxico Burress is described as “not fair” essentially because it didn’t undo the last two years, in which Housh casts himself as an underpaid victim of Mike Brown.

But he’s not bitter. Uh-huh. No more than I am, T.J., no more than I.

But oh, well. What’s done is done. Or maybe it isn’t: Muckraker Mike reports that T.J. will be getting an MRI and “presumably, the Seahawks won’t finalize the contract until everything checks out.”


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