In a chat on NFL.com today, Touraj "The Hardest Man in the NFL" Houshmandzadeh Jr. revealed some very interesting information regarding the Bengals supposed pursuit of the former Bengal as well as some entirely predictable news on Chad Johnson's commitment to the team.
Lou from Canada asked TJ: "Being a Bengal fan, I need to know, how persistant were the Bengals in trying to keep you a Bengal?"
Here is how he responded: "They were persistent, but it wasn't persistent with good intentions, in my opinion. They weren't as persistent as it has been reported that they were....If they wanted to keep me, I would be there. After four years, I re-signed, because they wanted to keep me. I didn't re-sign after eight, because they obviously didn't want to keep me...." "
WDR Take: We were split on our thoughts regarding bringing TJ back. The team has gaping holes on the offensive and defensive line where we hoped they would use their free agency dollars. But then we signed another aging vet WR (L. Coles) to a deal similar to TJ. We all knew that the Bengals made a play for TJ but it is now clear that the Bengals were not in the running.
What is the Bengals reasoning for not pursuing Housh and opting for Coles instead? It is one thing to go after and lose TJ and settle for Coles. It is another to not really pursue TJ and then sign Coles soon after. But when has a solid offensive and defensive line even proven successful?
CJ from Texas asked: "What was Carson and Chad's feelings about you leaving Cincy? Did Chad ask you to hide him in your suitcase?"
TJ: Chad basically said, "Do what you have to do." He said he'll be right behind me.
Carson was happy for me, but wondered why it got to that point.
WDR Take: No matter what you hear from Chad, Chuckles or anyone else involved with the Bengals, Chad Johnson does not want to be on the Bengals. He is not putting in 100%. He is not committed to the team. WHY are the Bengals keeping him around?
As for Carson, we wish he would express these feelings in public. His potent offense has been decimated over the past few years and the team parts ways with his favorite target in favor of a new guy who has no relationship with their franchise QB. Carson - please join the Revolution!