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Cincinnati Bengals Inside Slant 2009-02-13


Cincinnati Bengals Inside Slant 2009-02-13
One way or another, T.J. Houshmandzadeh's future with the Cincinnati Bengals will be known by 4 p.m. on Feb. 19.


If the Bengals place the franchise tag on the ninth-year receiver, he will be around for one more season at $9.884 million. If he isn't tagged, his career in Cincinnati is all but over and he will be one of the top names when free agency begins on Feb. 27.

According to Houshmandzadeh, he hasn't heard serious contract discussions from the Bengals, leaving him resigned to the fact that he is leaving Cincinnati.

"I really don't know. I can't speak for them but I haven't heard from them, which would lead me to assume that I'm out of there," Houshmandzadeh said.

Houshmandzadeh has had three straight seasons of 90 receptions or more. He led the Bengals last season with 92 catches for 904 yards and four touchdowns. In 2007, he tied for the league lead in receptions with 112 for 1,143 yards and 12 TDs. Over the past couple weeks he has appeared on radio talk shows in Chicago and Philadelphia. The Bears and Eagles would love to have a receiver of his caliber.

Houshmandzadeh is one of three possible franchise tag options for the Bengals. The others are kicker Shayne Graham and running back Cedric Benson. However, coach Marvin Lewis would prefer not to use the tag.

Should he return to the team, Houshmandzadeh is hoping the Bengals can turn things around after going 4-11-1 last season.

"It's frustrating when everyone expects you to play well and you bust your (butt) in the offseason," Houshmandzadeh said. "We got some wins at the end of the season, but they were against some teams that were not very good. The only satisfaction that I got was that we were still working hard every week."



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Added: February 13, 2009

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