Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh is not expecting to get the franchise tag, and if he does, he could make things very difficult in Cincinnati.
"I don't want any part of the tag," he told the Dayton Daily News. "The more I think about, I don't think I'll be franchised. It's a lot of money. If you franchise somebody what are you saying about the player? Obviously, you think he is that type of player, and if you think he's that type of player then you're franchising him.
"That shows you within itself that OK we think he's one of the better players and we're going to franchise him. If that's the case give him a contract like your franchising him. That's how I see it and don't see the franchise thing happening."
Houshmandzadeh went on to say he wouldn't participate in offseason activities if the team tags him.
"Coach Lewis made an emphasis of wanting guys at the offseason programs, on the field sessions and things of that nature. If I get franchised I'm not going to be there," he told the newspaper.
"So it goes against everything that the coaches want. You can't have the coach come out and say one thing and do another. If you do, then you're not going to have the cohesiveness he said he wanted when the season ended."