Henry expresses interest in Saints, Cowboys

Updated: May 8, 2008, 4:44 PM ET
By James Walker | ESPN.com

Frustrated. Disappointed. Eager.

Chris Henry

Henry

That is the range of emotions former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry says he's feeling right now as he awaits trial for misdemeanor charges of assault and word from the NFL whether he will play again in 2008.

In his first public comments since being released by the Bengals, Henry said he is excited about Tuesday's court ruling that he will be allowed to visit other NFL teams.

As of Wednesday afternoon, no official visits were scheduled. But Henry mentioned a pair of teams at the top of his wish list.

"There are two teams that I would always love to play for: That's New Orleans and Dallas," Henry said. "New Orleans is home for me. That's always been a big dream of mine. Hopefully I can get in there and sit down with the coaches and maybe have an opportunity to get down there. And Dallas is another team that I've always looked up to as a kid and wanted to play for them."

It is unknown at this point if the Saints want to meet with Henry, who says he is keeping his options open and "willing to visit whoever is interested." A Cowboys source told ESPN.com's Matt Mosley the team is not interested.

Henry will be required to show the Hamilton County (Ohio) Court a letter from the team for which he is trying out before being permitted to travel.

Henry contends he is in decent football shape. He spent approximately four weeks in Cincinnati's offseason workout program before being released. But house arrest admittedly has hurt him recently in that regard.

For legal reasons, Henry is not allowed to discuss his upcoming trial but expressed remorse for it leading to his release in Cincinnati.

"It kind of hurt being cut, because I had planned on being in Cincinnati for a while, a long time really," Henry said. "I was kind of disappointed for just putting myself in that situation. But things happen and I just got to move on now. Hopefully I can get picked up by somebody else and just prove myself to the next team."

Henry believes he can be a productive player for someone next season. The 6-foot-4 receiver has shown good ability as a third target in Cincinnati. During last year's eight-game suspension, the Bengals were 2-6 without Henry and 5-3 with him in the lineup. In three seasons, he recorded 88 career receptions for 1,370 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Of course, much of Henry's future will depend on the way the judicial system plays out and how it looks in the eyes of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Being allowed to visit other teams is a good first step.

As far as his next step?

"Just taking care of this situation I got on my hands right now, and just moving forward and trying to get back on that field," Henry said. "Because that's what I love to do is play ball, and that's what I'm trying to do."

James Walker covers the NFL for ESPN.com.

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