Update

Posted: 11:10 p.m.

The Shaun Alexander Watch has slowed.

Jim Steiner, Alexander's agent, said Tuesday night that he won't talk to the Bengals until later in the week after Alexander completes a visit to New Orleans.

Alexander heads south Wednesday and Steiner said he'd give the Bengals a call Thursday or Friday to review where everybody is. There could be another team in the mix by then because there have been discussions with the Colts.

There has yet to be an offer made by the Bengals. That may mean they've cooled to the idea, or maybe they don't want to set the bar. Those are questions that may not be answered until later in the week.

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T.J. MULLING: Getting the urge to put on a helmet and get in a huddle, T.J. Houshmandzadeh says he's thinking about coming to the Bengals' first voluntary camp next week.

Houshmandzadeh is weighing the pros and cons and on Tuesday he characterized it as "a dilemma" between his individual workouts at home in the Los Angeles area and the team's on-field activities at Paul Brown Stadium.

"I know I get a lot of benefit with the work I do on my own out here," said Houshmandzadeh, who works out once every day and twice on Tuesdays and Thursdays. "And my kids are here. They're used to having me around.

"But it's obvious you can't simulate everything like you can on the field with the team. You've got the helmet on, you're going against coverages. If you're a competitor, that gets the juices going."

Houshmandzadeh came to a couple of voluntary sessions last year when he decided to try the home school route and he says he'll try to get here again for some of the weeks. He ended up co-leading the NFL in catches with a Bengals-record 112 catches.

He says if he comes in Tuesday that doesn't mean he's motivated by his contract year or by the Bengals drafting wide receivers in back-to-back rounds for the first time in 27 years.

"Really, the money has nothing to do with it," Houshmandzadeh said. "It's not to the point where there's been an offer and there's been a counter or anything like that. Hey, it's either going to happen or it's not and I'm not going to gripe or say anything bad if it doesn't. I'm coming in there to win."

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