T.J. Houshmandzadeh traded? T.J. Houshmandzadeh released? These new T.J. Houshmandzadeh rumors are not what Seahawks fans were expecting as the team prepares for their first regular season game. According to ESPN, T.J. Houshmandzadeh is the odd man out in Seattle, and he is either going to be released or traded, depending on what Seattle can get another team to commit to. This means Seattle is about to give away their best receiver from the 2009 season, and appears, at least on paper, to be taking a step back instead of a step forward. There simply has to be more to the story than the Seahawks are giving us right now, and maybe it will come out eventually. Maybe it will come out later.
Right now the New York Jets, San Diego Charges, Minnesota Vikings, and Arizona Cardinals have already made offers for Houshmandzadeh, meaning that a deal could be coming shortly. It was also rumored that Chad Johnson wants him back in Cincinnati, and has asked the Bengals to pursue bringing him back into the fold. Meanwhile, Seattle appears to be moving forward with Mike Williams in Houshmandzadeh’s starting spot, a wide receiver that played for Pete Carroll at USC. It also means that Houshmandzadeh will make a lot of money from Seattle this season if they cut him, because he has $7 million of guaranteed money left on the 5-year deal that he signed with them at the end of the 2008 NFL season.
What are the Seattle Seahawks doing here? It appears that they are trying to get younger, but it seems far-fetched to think that they are really getting better by losing a wide receiver that caught 79 passes for them in the 2009 regular season. The new regime in Seattle is moving this team in a completely new direction, and expectations are already going to be pretty high. The Seahawks start the 2010 regular season next Sunday when they host the San Francisco 49ers, and fans are tired of seeing the losing that has encompassed this franchise over the past two seasons. Seattle has a combined record of 9 and 23 in 2008 and 2009, and it is time that they started rewarding the loyal fans with some wins. Expect something to get done very soon in this Houshmandzadeh situation, and for the Seahawks to move forward with Williams, Deion Branch, Deon Butler, and Golden Tate as their wide receivers in 2010.