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Bengals don't want another aging receiver

L. Coles.jpgThe Bengals went the veteran route last year in free agency, signing Laveranues Coles to a big deal.  Bob Glauber of Newsday writes they “regret” that move, and don’t plan to make the same mistake again.

The idea of Terrell Owens joining Chad Ochocinco was good for a few headlines and Twitter followers for Ocho, but it was never realistic.  Glauber tweets that a source familiar
with Bengals’ situation says there are no plans to sign T.O.

(Glauber made similar comments last week, but Newsday is mostly behind a pay wall now, so we’ll give him all the help he can get.)

The second thoughts about Coles aren’t surprising after his lackluster season, although Marvin Lewis supported him recently.  It sounds like Coles will be with the team in training camp.

The Bengals regret could mirror how T.J. Houshmandzadeh feels after leaving for Seattle when he had a similar deal on the table from Cincinnati. The Bengals overpaid for Coles, and Housh wound up unhappy in Seattle.

Some trades are described as “win-win” but that chain of events ended up as a lose-lose for everyone involved.  Except Coles.

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38 Responses to “Bengals don't want another aging receiver”
  1. PFTiswhatitis says: Feb 23, 2010 10:06 AM

    Coles, Branch and TO to NE.

  2. Citizen Strange says: Feb 23, 2010 10:09 AM

    What about Matt Jones?

  3. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Feb 23, 2010 10:12 AM

    I heard that the Bengals recently brought in Charles Rogers for a tryout, but he broke his collarbone getting out of the car.

  4. Bech72 says: Feb 23, 2010 10:14 AM

    So much speculation this time of year. I don’t believe any of it and no one should until Free Agency has passed. Its not like Glouber’s “sources” would say, “Yeah, we’re signing T.O. at 12:01 on the 5th” since that would constitute tampering. Mike Brown is notoriously cheap and I don’t see him paying Coles 5-7 million for the amount of impact he provided a year ago; I have no doubt he will be upgraded. If it is T.O. then so be it, but there are other options out there. The Bengals are on their way up and they know that Matt Jones isn’t going to improve them enough at WR to take the next step.

  5. twinsanity says: Feb 23, 2010 10:16 AM

    TO opposite Ocho is exactly what Cincy needs. There is no receiver available out there that will give you the most bang for your buck. No WR in the draft is giving you his production. Two years ago with Romo throwing him the ball he still put up 1000 yards plus 10 TD’s. Even last year with garbage QB’s throwing him the ball he caught 800 yards and 5 TD’s. WIth Carson Palmer throwing him the ball he’s good for at least another 1000 yd and at least 7-10 TD’s with Ocho on the other side.

  6. CurseofBoJackson says: Feb 23, 2010 10:22 AM

    Yea, I’m sure Coles is glad he was picked up by a team that switched it’s philosophy to run first, and second, and if possible third; that got beat by his former team twice to end the season, once in the playoffs. That said, in hindsight, Housh was an idiot for taking the extra pennies in Seattle to catch passes from a grandpa with no real running game to lean on. Bengals missed him too. Draft the kid from GT, or Gilyard, both will be available in the late first round, Gilyard might be there in the second when they pick. Please don’t draft a TE, resign Kelly and make Coffman work! He can’t be that bad, get him healthy and acquainted with blocking early.

  7. Kaz says: Feb 23, 2010 10:27 AM

    This was the best year for the Team in a long time. Regardless of how you might see it, no moves made last offseason should constitute a failure. If who we bring in this year contribute to another AFC north sweep, then i’de be all for them.
    The only fool was Housh.

  8. jwill007 says: Feb 23, 2010 10:29 AM

    If they on the draft and current crop then the Bengals go 8-8 in 2010…..They need to score points and TO can do that for us…….WE CONTINUE to make dumb decisions….and think SOME ROOKIE will light it up like Moss in 98 or Boldin in 03….IF We dont add significant VET WR presence like Bryant, Jackson, Floyd or Boldin then we will be 8-8 in 10′……

  9. DonTerrelli says: Feb 23, 2010 10:36 AM

    Charles Rodgers was arrested on his way to the tryouts

  10. realitypolice says: Feb 23, 2010 10:39 AM

    Poo Flinging Monkey says:
    February 23, 2010 10:12 AM
    I heard that the Bengals recently brought in Charles Rogers for a tryout, but he broke his collarbone getting out of the car.
    ================
    Rack him.

  11. Omnipotent_1 says: Feb 23, 2010 10:40 AM

    Interesting Stats:
    Chad’s first yr with Bengals:
    28 receptions, 329 yards, 1 touchdown, 11.8 yards per reception.
    TJ’s first year stats:
    21 receptions, 228 yards, 0 touchdowns, 10.9 yards per reception.
    TJ’s second year:
    41 receptions, 492 yards, 1 touchdown, 12.0 yards per reception.
    Coles’ first year stats with Bengals:
    43 receptions, 514 yards, 5 touchdowns,12 yards per reception.
    It appears Coles is better than Chad and TJ based on stats. It takes time to learn a new playbook, especially the masterpiece assembled by Bratkowski (OC for Bengals). If he would have run more plays Coles was used to running instead of making Coles run TJ’s plays, the result would be significantly better.

  12. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Feb 23, 2010 10:48 AM

    I heard they call him Laveranues ColeSlaw….cause nobody likes cole slaw…

  13. meshnuts says: Feb 23, 2010 11:10 AM

    Yeh, too bad for Housh lol. They do need a slot reciever and one rookie that could step in is Shipley from Texas. He’s a bigger faster Wes Walker that catches everything around him and is not afraid to go over the middle. I say *&^# TO. He’s done. Don’t need a reciever that can’t catch and is a locker room disaster.

  14. thepittsburghkid says: Feb 23, 2010 11:13 AM

    Hope you enjoyed your one year of success. Knowing the Bengals and their fans its gone to their heads already. I’m sure next year you wont be as lucky in that you will win the divison and we wont make the playoffs. Great job representing the AFC North. Apparently thats still our job.

  15. billybengal says: Feb 23, 2010 11:24 AM

    Omnipotent_1
    I hear what you are saying but both TJ and Ocho were rookies with those stats and Coles was supposed to come in and be a veteran leader. I went to 2 games last year and watched every other one on TV and Coles drop a few too many for my liking. I do believe we should keep him though rather than start from scratch.
    I keep hearing that Randy Moss is gone next year. Now that is a veteran that we could use. Your thoughts…

  16. nyj-gate D says: Feb 23, 2010 11:28 AM

    I heard that the Bengals recently brought in Charles Rogers for a tryout, but he broke his collarbone getting out of the car.
    ________________
    lol that made my morning

  17. davidmp2 says: Feb 23, 2010 11:30 AM

    L. Coles can be cut with relative ease, especially in an uncapped year (bring on the dead money). His deal included 9.75 million in guaranteed money. He had a 3 million signing bonus, a 4.7 million roster bonus and a 2009 base salary of 1.9 million. So out of the 9.75 million guaranteed, at least 6.6 million has already been paid. The Bengals are looking at less than a 3 million hit this season if they wanted to part ways. Of course, it could be far less than 3 million depending on how much of the signing bonus was paid last season.

  18. jkorn1818 says: Feb 23, 2010 11:47 AM

    Omnipotent_1 says:
    February 23, 2010 10:40 AM
    Interesting Stats:
    Chad’s first yr with Bengals:
    28 receptions, 329 yards, 1 touchdown, 11.8 yards per reception.
    TJ’s first year stats:
    21 receptions, 228 yards, 0 touchdowns, 10.9 yards per reception.
    TJ’s second year:
    41 receptions, 492 yards, 1 touchdown, 12.0 yards per reception.
    Coles’ first year stats with Bengals:
    43 receptions, 514 yards, 5 touchdowns,12 yards per reception.
    It appears Coles is better than Chad and TJ based on stats. It takes time to learn a new playbook, especially the masterpiece assembled by Bratkowski (OC for Bengals). If he would have run more plays Coles was used to running instead of making Coles run TJ’s plays, the result would be significantly better
    ___________________________________
    Youre kidding right? Youre comparing two guys their rookie years fresh out of college, learning the speed of the NFL, a new playbook and everything else to a guy who has been in the league for ages, has played on difft teams, has learned new playbooks. Not to mention coles had about 8000 more snaps than those two their rookie year, started and was able to practice with the first team day in and out. You are comparing apples to oranges. A veteran wr to two non starting rookies.

  19. BengalsDouche2 says: Feb 23, 2010 11:50 AM

    Well, I was hoping and praying for a Brandon Marshall sighting in Cincy. It doesn’t appear that is going to happen. I would love more than anything for us to pick up Marshall. I’d settle for TO although he definitely wouldn’t be my first choice. Please Mike Brown, give Coles the boot and sign another veteran WR to help us. Please don’t rely on our horrible scouting to find a receiver in the draft. We know that doesn’t work! (IE: Jerome Simpson)

  20. Jungle Juice says: Feb 23, 2010 12:01 PM

    @thepittsburghkid
    Finishing 3rd out of 4 teams and still talking smack?

  21. CurseofBoJackson says: Feb 23, 2010 12:09 PM

    pissburgh kid, really dude? It’s YOUR job to rep the AFC North? What position did you play again? Typical douchebaggery from a far too typical Steeler fan. Way to rep, ‘you’ got beat twice by the team you’re blasting, impressive.

  22. cheeseweasel says: Feb 23, 2010 12:13 PM

    I thought Doushmanzadeh was going to lead the league in everything? How can he be unhappy, he didnt go there to win, he went to whoever was offering the most money. Thank God that wasnt the Vikings…

  23. Laxer37 says: Feb 23, 2010 12:14 PM

    It doesn’t matter who they sign if Carson keeps throwing the ball behind or 10 feet over the heads of his receivers.
    Coles had a horrible year, but there were many times he and others were wide open and Carson couldn’t make a simple pass.

  24. jwill007 says: Feb 23, 2010 12:16 PM

    @ thepittsburghkid,
    In 2009???? SWEPTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!
    Yeah you got 6 rings but the last time I understood it the NFL is a “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE ME LATELY” League….is it not?????
    So what did you do in 09′ and what WILL YOU DO in 2010????????????
    Better fix that oline get your pass rush up and get your safety back on the field……and oh yeah…Change your offense back to run 1st playaction pass……Your team looked better that way and were much more effective……
    We look forward to smackin that ass again in 2010. Enjoy….

  25. Omnipotent_1 says: Feb 23, 2010 12:24 PM

    jkorn1818 says:
    February 23, 2010 11:47 AM
    Youre kidding right? Youre comparing two guys their rookie years fresh out of college, learning the speed of the NFL, a new playbook and everything else to a guy who has been in the league for ages, has played on difft teams, has learned new playbooks. Not to mention coles had about 8000 more snaps than those two their rookie year, started and was able to practice with the first team day in and out. You are comparing apples to oranges. A veteran wr to two non starting rookies.
    What I am saying is 90% of all WR’s production slides the first year when joining another team. The ones who don’t slide are because their OC incorporated their routes into the offense. Coles ran TJ’s routes for the most part, it takes time to learn a new playbook no matter how much experience you have.
    The OC for the Bengals is not capable of adjusting to change, in personnel, in games, in defensive chages at halftime. their 2nd and 3 rs string recievers can’t figure out the routes and they have been here 2 and 3 years.

  26. Igottz5onit says: Feb 23, 2010 12:28 PM

    @thepittsburghkid
    what are you talking about? The bengals don’t have fans…

  27. BrownsClown says: Feb 23, 2010 12:31 PM

    The Bengals need Braylon ‘hands’ Edwards to complete their offense.
    Did you see the spectacular drops he made during the playoffs?

  28. richardb says: Feb 23, 2010 12:34 PM

    Cincy was rolling when Chris Henry was a 3rd down WR. That’s what the Bengals need in the draft or from FA. A guy 6’4″, 4.40 speed, basketball hops and excellent hands. Without Henry’s personal drama.
    Where can they find a guy like that?

  29. White Wolf says: Feb 23, 2010 12:55 PM

    Yea Cincy does not need another old fart receiver, they prefer to have the young inexperienced ones that have a criminal record.

  30. phillyeagleschamps says: Feb 23, 2010 1:35 PM

    Steelers last two SB’s have been fixed in their favor.
    Everyone knows it.

  31. WhoDey_Man says: Feb 23, 2010 1:43 PM

    pittsburghdouche- thanks for reminding all of footballdome why we hate douchebag steelers fans.
    i wouldn’t mind t.o.’s production on the field, but when the bengals lose 2 games and he has no catches and starts flipping out it’ll be yet another team the team obliterater got to. been a bengals fan forever but let’s face it- we’re still fragile and can’t handle that kind of crap.

  32. Igottz5onit says: Feb 23, 2010 4:09 PM

    @phillyeagleschamps
    Super Bowl XXXIX was fixed in the Eagles favor… and they still lost…

  33. tigeralum99 says: Feb 23, 2010 5:02 PM

    at pittsburgh kid….
    You got beat by Cleveland last year….
    enough said

  34. Igottz5onit says: Feb 23, 2010 7:39 PM

    Fair enough, fair enough tigeralum. Although it should be noted that we lost to some really bad teams and beat some really great teams and it should be noted that even during our bad year we finished with a winning record.

  35. WhoDey_Man says: Feb 23, 2010 10:00 PM

    want a cookie?

  36. Igottz5onit says: Feb 24, 2010 4:32 AM

    Wow you have the same put down as my 10 year old daughter, maybe you should change your name to WhoDey_12yroldgirl.

  37. WhoDey_Man says: Feb 25, 2010 4:26 PM

    ironically enough your daughter already took that screen name. man it is.

  38. Igottz5onit says: Feb 25, 2010 7:04 PM

    Nah my daughter speaks English well and roots for a team that isn’t from a city known for a KKK presence and has won a Super Bowl.

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