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Former NFL WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh reveals just how cheap the Bengals used to be

The Cincinnati Bengals have never been one of the league’s free-spending teams, with former owner Paul Brown well known for keeping a tight rein on the purse strings. But life seemingly has not improved much under his son either. Mike Brown took control of the team in 1991 and the Bengals are consistently one of the teams with the most salary cap space available at the start of each new league year, often reluctant to spend the money necessary to retain their best players.

But if not for an interview with former NFL wide receiver T.