The Bengals have done their best to quickly make up for the loss of wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, as reports from ESPN say that the team has reached terms with former New York Jets wide receiver Laveranues Coles.
The site says that the deal is a four-year contract, worth $28 million. The report is that both sides still have to work on the language of the contract and the guarantees, but the money figures were acceptable to Coles.
Coles has been wanting more money and a long-term deal from somewhere, as he had turned down a $6 million guaranteed salary from the Jets in order to get his freedom and become a free agent right before the start of free agency.
The Bengals had to battle it out with the Buffalo Bills for Coles, who talked to Buffalo first, but then things with the Bengals got more involved as it became obvious that they would not be able to bring back Houshmandzadeh, who signed with the Seahawks.
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.