Several weeks after coach Marvin Lewis emphatically closed the door on the Bengals re-signing Chris Henry, it now appears Cincinnati is open to the possibility of a reunion with the troubled wide receiver.
Henry's agent, Marvin Frazier, said Henry and Lewis spoke a couple days before the Bengals' Week 1 preseason game against the Packers. Frazier said he and Lewis are scheduled to talk again once the Bengals break camp in Georgetown, Ky., on Friday.
When asked of Henry's chances of re-signing with the Bengals, Frazier responded, "Better than 50 percent."
The Bengals waived Henry in April following his arrest for assault, his fifth run-in with the law in three seasons on the team. Prosecutors eventually dropped the charges.
The NFL suspended Henry four games for violating its personal conduct policy, which he still will have to serve no matter which team signs him.
The Bengals, who have Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh at the first two wide receiver positions, are searching for a No. 3 receiver and no one at training camp has stood out.
Before the Bengals training camp began in late July, Lewis had this to say about Henry: "I'm not interested [in re-signing Henry]. I don't think it would be productive for our football team. You have to be a productive part to be an NFL player. There are responsibilities to being an NFL player. It's a privilege, not a right. There is a lot that comes with being an NFL player."
Another team that may be interested in Henry's services is Baltimore, where former Bengals wide receivers coach Hugh Jackson is now an assistant.