Despite no apparent interest from Bengals, Houshmandzadeh wants to come back

Possibly-soon-to-be-former Seahawks receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh has previously spoken about the fact that the money Seattle offered him in 2009 wasn’t dramatically greater than the money he rejected in Cincinnati.  And he has previously hinted at having remorse for leaving the Bengals.

“I miss it,” Houshmandzadeh told Carlos “Big C” Holmes of the Dayton Daily News in December 2009.  “The grass ain’t always greener.  Let me tell you that.”

(The Daily News has repackaged the quotes in a new item, and if you don’t read the article closely — like I initially didn’t do — it appears that Houshmandzadeh made his comments since word of his shaky status in Seattle emerged.)

So while there are no signs that the Bengals are willing to bring back Houshmandzadeh, he seemed to think there was a chance of it happening when the last season ended.

“I might be comin’ back,” Housmandzadeh said.  “[Coach] Marvin [Lewis] and me have been
keeping a nice little dialogue.  He knows.”

And there’s all the Seahawks would need for a tampering case, if they’d choose to make one against the Bengals.

There’s currently no reason to think that the Bengals want Houshmandzadeh back.  They squandered $7.85 million on Antonio Bryant and they’ve also signed Terrell Owens.  Still, if the Seahawks cut him and the Bengals quickly sign him, the Seahawks may want to consider whether Houshmandzadeh’s performance and/or attitude over the past several months has been infected by the knowledge that the Bengals were waiting from him to wiggle free.

20 responses to “Despite no apparent interest from Bengals, Houshmandzadeh wants to come back

  1. Please PLEASE keep bringing over-the-hill WR’s.
    Your top 3 WR’s will be all over 32, and it’ll only delay the progress of young ones like Shipley, Caldwell, and Simpson.
    Shipley/Caldwell can probably provide anything that Housh could this season as the 3rd receiver at this point in his career. This would be a dumb move.

  2. On paper it makes no sense for the Bengals to take him back. Then again, it also made no sense for them to keep giving Chris Henry more and more chances, and they did.
    If Housh thinks the situation in Seattle’s bad, wait till the Bills pick him up…

  3. I want to see Hoosh back in Cincy. Doesn’t the team with the most WR’s past their prime automatically win?

  4. Your an idiot. First and foremost, that cannot be proven, and secondly the Bengals have no room to bring him back and wont make any either. There you go talking out of your (bleep) again. I am not a journalist but it goes to show that it does not take much to be one. Anyone who knows anything about football knows that TJ will end up in Minnesota. I think if you concentrate more on learning football and what is going on in it you might be able to improve your journalism skills…..or at least I hope…because you suck………

  5. Good luck to any team that picks up this cancer. Fair warning to any potential suitor, he won’t be happy anywhere because he thinks he’s a whole lot better than he is. And he throws the temper tantrums to prove it. Good riddance Housh. I hate you Tim Ruskell.

  6. Winnipeg Walter says:
    “Is it tampering if a team doesn’t want the reciever and the receiver never wanted to leave?”
    ———————————————–
    If he was talking to Marvin Lewis while he was cashing paychecks that said Seattle Seahawks, it’s tampering.
    His not being wanted has nothing to do with it.
    Don’t confuse your CFL rules with NFL rules Winnipeg.

  7. *He misses Cincy cuz he could be as foolish as he is, but 85 would be more over the top so it wouldn’t go as noticed til he went elsewhere.
    I really hope the Vikings to trade for this guy, because hes exactly what the team needs, more divas.

  8. Cincy has the room (Jones cut) and they could pay him $0 and seattle would be on the hook for $7M. It would cancel out the Bryant fiasco, but giving Shipley playing time would be the smarter move. How many Divas can one huddle handle?

  9. I agree this guy is a bit of a diva and is going over the hill. Yet after watching him his whole career in Cincy I can say this guy was always a gamer and gave max effort IF he had a QB that he knew was capable and looking for him. He had Carson in his “prime” and Carson always talked him up. 3rd down completions went to Housh.

  10. “I might be comin’ back,” Housmandzadeh said. “[Coach] Marvin [Lewis] and me have been keeping a nice little dialogue. He knows.”
    So where are your comments regarding the possible tampering this indicates ? It Housh has been discussing returning to the Bengals with Lewis that is a clear violation.

  11. That’s not tampering, dumb bleep. Marvin talks all the time about his great relationship with Ray Lewis, no one ever said squat. They worked together for a long time and they are friends. It’s the same thing with Housh. I imagine Seattle would like to find any reason to recoup their losses, but they are not dumb enough to try and connect those dots. Florio on the other hand…

  12. HarrisonHits says:
    September 4, 2010 12:51 PM
    “I might be comin’ back,” Housmandzadeh said. “[Coach] Marvin [Lewis] and me have been keeping a nice little dialogue. He knows.”
    So where are your comments regarding the possible tampering this indicates ? It Housh has been discussing returning to the Bengals with Lewis that is a clear violation.
    ————————————————-
    Umm….the next sentence is…
    “And there’s all the Seahawks would need for a tampering case, if they’d choose to make one against the Bengals.”
    Read and try to comprehend before you post

  13. Maybe the Hawks get rid of TJ first before they file tampering complaints. They can tell the NFL that they dumped him BECAUSE of his sour attitude that resulted from tampering. Housh is a moron: he stated that “the gress isn’t always greener”, but there he was moaning about greener grass in Cinci while he was playing for Seattle.

  14. As a Bengals fan I wouldn’t be opposed to him coming back. Yes he s kind of a punk ass but he does produce. Shipley will be an absolute stud and they are kind of the same type of player but you can never have enough WRs. The Bengals are trying to win it all THIS year and I don’t think Housh would lose them any games. Steelers 5-11 haha

  15. @classact
    Keep in mind that with Douchemandzadeh they would have 3 giant egos at wide receiver. Depth at WR is good unless you have a group guys who think they are top 5 at their position, which is exactly what Chad, T.O., and TJ think. Shipley and Caldwell will be good in the slot, that’s all you need. TJ is a surehanded #2 WR but that’s about it. They can’t put him in the slot, cause he’s not quick enough to get open from that positoin, and they can’t put him outside or either Chad or T.O. will throw a tantrum. There’s no good ending for that scenario.

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