It's okay to be a problem player in the NFL on one condition: A team needs you.
Even so, the move is somewhat stunning considering what coach Marvin Lewis said in June when asked if Henry might come back.
"I don't think it would be productive for our football team," Lewis said. "You have to be a productive part to be an NFL player, and there's responsibilities to being an NFL player. It's a privilege. It's not a right. There's a lot that comes with being an NFL football player."
Henry is suspended for the first four games of the season for his latest arrest in March for punching a college student and breaking his car window with a beer bottle. His trial ended in a mistrial and the charges were dropped.
Even so, he faces the four-game suspension, the third of his career. None of that matters, though. The Bengals need Henry. Character be damned.