It's weird how people can interpret one thing differently. No, it's actually pretty fascinating in the study of unique, dynamic and diverse minds. Case in point is the latest piece on T.J. Houshmandzadeh, in which he said that he wouldn't mind coming back to the Bengals, but would love to make the playoffs. All of this came from one quote.
"I don't think what people realize is I wouldn't mind coming back," Houshmandzadeh said. "I just want a choice. I just want to see what else is out there. I'm not going to take the biggest deal to play on Mars. I want to get to the playoffs like Big Willie (Anderson) did. Yeah, I think we can get back and I've got a lot of friends there."
However, we're certain that Houshmandzadeh would keep Cincinnati's name in negotiations, if for anything, leverage; it would be stupid not to. One has to wonder how effective that would be, considering that everyone except Vladimir in Siberia knows that the Bengals tend to shy away from expensive contracts with players that have a few good years left. We still don't think that Houshmandzadeh will stay in Cincinnati on his own, but don't believe the team when they say he won't be franchised.