According to a story on ESPN.com, the Bengals have flown Chris Henry to Cincinnati to sign a contract tomorrow morning. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3541693
Chris Henry back in stripes - and not prison stripes, at that? According to ESPN, the Bengals will sign Henry tomorrow morning. Henry is suspended for the first four games of the season but, due to the latest spate of charges being dropped, he will be eligible to play in 2008.
I don't know how I feel about this. On one hand, Henry is an explosive player that knows the Bengals' system. He makes the team better - when he is on the field. On the other hand, I feel like we've already turned the page on this guy. He's let the team down so many times, it seems so stupid to be suckered in again like Charlie Brown trying to kick a football.
Moreover, it almost seems below the Bengals to sign him back. Lewis has taken tremendous strides in reigning in the chicanery of the last few years; resigning Henry undermines the lockerroom discipline Lewis has begun to instill. It's like McCain promising a clean campaign and then running the smear advertisements because he is behind the polls. I liked the new Marvin Lewis; I don't want to see him go by caving into the Chris Henry's of the world.
Then again, it's all about winning, isn't it? If the Bengals don't sign him, someone else will. I'd hate to see him in Yellow and Black (oh wait, he doesn't beat up women, so the Steelers won't sign him), Purple and Black (umm, he didn't sell drugs or witness and murder and cover it up, so the Ravens won't sign him), or Orange and Brown (he's not a "soldier" and does not have a penchant for doing bike stunts in a parking lot, so the Browns are out as well).
Who am I kidding - I'd love to have him back.
BTW - the Browns look TERRIBLE against NY tonight. Go G-Men!