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Bengals Tried to Keep Holt


A small postscript to the Viking’s signing of former Bengals wide receiver/kick returner Glenn “Not Tory” Holt: Cincinnati made a last-minute run at Holt on Tuesday morning, according to Star-Trib Vikings beat writers Judd Zulgad and Chip Scoggins.

"Also, here’s part of today’s Vikings story that didn’t make its way into our 18-page print section. It’s a quote from receiver/returner Glenn Holt, who signed with the team Thursday. He was talking about how the Bengals made a run at him after he had already agreed to terms with the Vikes:At the end, they wanted me back, but I had already agreed to a deal with the Vikings,” Holt said. “I agreed on Monday night. The Bengals called me Tuesday and offered a little more money. But I wasn’t interested. It’s time for a new town and a new team.”"

My first thought was: why? Not, “why did Holt turn down more money to play in Minnesota,” but “why the heck would the Bengals bother chasing him?” Can finding someone who can do an average job running back kicks, and pitch in with a few dropped balls and fumbles on offense now and then, be that hard? Okay, that’s probably a bit harsh. Holt did have the Timex thing down: he could take a licking and keep on ticking, and made the occasional nice grab, but I barely batted an eye at news he was gone.

More fodder for fans who are convinced the Laveranues Coles signing means Jerome Simpson and/or Andre Caldwell are busts, I suppose.