There's an interesting conversation with the recently released wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Should the Bengals sign him? Do they even have a need for him? On Sunday, Marvin Lewis says there's no room for Houshmandzadeh.
"If our football team were constituted differently, it would be a great spot for T.J. to be back at," Lewis said Sunday."But right now where we are, I don't know that it would be good for him in respect to where we are."
Signing with Cincinnati always seemed like a long-shot in the first place. Aside from having played with the Bengals in the past, and Chad Ochocinco's intent to heavily lobby for Houshmandzadeh's return, the team simply doesn't need him and Mike Brown could be a bit winded after handing out two big contracts to two free agent wide receivers that didn't return his investment.
“It’s unfortunate that T.J. got released. He’s going to get another opportunity. He’ll make the most of that opportunity and I’ll be happy for him,” Lewis said. “I had people call and contact me as far as T.J. and I gave him a true, honest appraisal and a very honest one. T.J. helped us get where we are today. He’s a good, young pro and a good man and he did a lot of good leading in this building.”
Houshmandzadeh was released by Seattle on Saturday, making him likely the league's best available free agent at wide receiver. Contrary to popular belief, Houshmandzadeh didn't talk with any teams Saturday, even though a report surfaced that the Vikings were signing him.