Ex-Jet Coles signs with Bengals

BigBob

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A day after losing wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the Cincinnati Bengals replaced him by reaching an agreement in principle with former New York Jets wide receiver Laveranues Coles.

Coles agreed in principle to a four-year, $28 million deal, according to a source. Both sides still have to work on the language of the contract and the guarantees, but the money figures were acceptable to Coles.

For Coles, it was a victory. He turned down a $6 million guaranteed salary from the Jets. To obtain his freedom, Coles voided the final year of his Jets contract and became a free agent.

The Buffalo Bills were his first visit, but talks with the Bengals heated up over the weekend with the possibility of Houshmandzadeh leaving for the Seattle Seahawks. Coles visited the Bengals earlier this week but left without a contract.

The 31-year-old Colts caught 631 passes during his nine-year career with the Jets. He had 8,095 yards and 44 touchdown receptions during his career in New York.
He's obviously no T.J, but I think he can get it done as long as Palmer can stay healthy and the Bengals Defense stays out of legal trouble.
 
#2
This gives the Bengals a bit of lee-way on their offense. Now they won't have to rely as much on unproven talent. They are still in shambles, but hopefully they can build something worthwhile out of this.
 

BigBob

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I really think if they want to start getting better, they either wanna try for Roy Williams (S) or Darren Sharper (S, although I don't recommend this ;)) to have some proven players on D.
 

Babe_Ruth

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This is a good pick up, Coles is a proven wide receiver in this league, and Parson won't be afraid to throw him the ball, he will learn to have confidence in him real quickly in my opinion. After losing T.J, this is a good move from the Bengals orginazation.
 

Millz

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Eh why not. Replace TJ with Coles...TJ is probably better but at least they got someone to try and fill that void.
 

BigBob

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Sorry, beat you to the post by like a second KD :p

I just think all hope is gone for Johnson. They need to really see what they can get for him if they want to start being the "normal" team. Trade him to Dallas and see what happens.
 
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I really think if they want to start getting better, they either wanna try for Roy Williams (S) or Darren Sharper (S, although I don't recommend this ;)) to have some proven players on D.
The Bengals Secondary isn't that bad actually. They have some respectable veterans at Safety (Mike Doss and Dexter Jackson) and a decent slew of younger talent. Over the past few seasons they actually lead the league in takeaways. The issue comes that the Bengals have a next to non-existent D Line and a mediocre (at best) Linebacking core. The Bengals can never get pressure on the QB so the plays have an infinite amount of time to develop. The Bengals definitely need a leader on defense, but I don't think their secondary is where they should try to put one.