During his final season in Seattle, former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren had the pleasure of dealing with a disgruntled wideout named Bobby Engram.
Now, Holmgren will be dealing with him again.
The Browns have announced that Engram, 37, has signed a free-agent contract with the team.
In 2008, Engram had been griping repeatedly about his contract, skipping the team’s offseason program in a futile effort to get more than $1.7 million in salary. He eventually broke a bone in his shoulder in the preseason finale.
When he returned in early October, he was still griping. “You would hope that you’re appreciated before something like this has to take place,” he said of the month-long injury, which actually validated the team’s decision not to give a bunch of money to a pass-catcher with an aging body.
The problem was that, in 2007, he signed a two-year deal. And then he had one of the best years of his career, just in time to not hit the open market.
Apparently, he was willing to forgot about his past squabbles with Holmgren, especially since Engram otherwise had been generating little or no interest.
Hmm. 37-year-old receiver? Little or no interest? It must have been ESPN’s fault.