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Will Bengals throw Housh money at Coles?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 3, 2009 – 2:33 pm

With T.J. Housmanzadeh now in Seattle and Laveranues Coles scheduled to visit the Bengals, you have to wonder if Cincinnati will offer Coles the same kind of money. That’s no doubt what Coles’ agent is hoping.

Bengals.com reports that the team’s best offer to Houshmanzadeh was a deal that could have triggered an escalator to make it a 4-year $30M deal. How difficult it would have been to kick that escalator in is murky at best and Houshmanzadeh didn’t seem to think it was all that realistic. Here’s the quote courtesy of Bengals.com.

“I’m not going to get into what they offered,” said Houshmazadeh. “I don’t think it was fair. I’m talking about what it took to get there. The Brown (family) gave me my chance to play in the NFL. I’m thankful to them and I don’t have bitterness. You just move on.”

I’m not convinced the Bengals will shell out that kind of money for Coles. Houshmanzadeh was a strong locker room presence in Cincininati and had a relationship with the quarterback and players. Coles doesn’t have that. He’s an outsider. I’d be surprised if Coles was offered the same deal Houshmanzadeh was by the Bengals.

In reality the big lure for Cincinnati to reel Coles is their franchise quarterback. Carson Palmer, who is on track to return at 100 percent in 2009, and a veteran signal caller is a valuable bargaining chip for any team that is trying to sign a receiver. If the Bengals offer just slightly better money than the Bills I think Coles takes it.


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