And so, T.J. Houshmandzadeh is a Seahawk.
For the last two years, Houshmandzadeh had been an ever-increasing pain in the side of the Cincinnati organization, disgruntled over his pay, refusing to attend offseason workouts, enjoying convenient hammy injuries whenever he didn’t feel like practicing or playing and spending more time auditioning for his future career as an NFL Network talking head than he did getting his timing down with Carson Palmer.
Bitter? Me? Nah. Houshmandzadeh did great things on the field for years for Cincy, and nothing I say can take that away from him. But his departure is perhaps for the best. If you don’t want to be here — and Housh’s behavior over the last two offseasons made it plain that he didn’t — then having the Bengals’ offer topped by Seattle is a blessing in disguise.
From here, the team has options including Laveranues Coles and Andre Caldwell. I don’t see Houshmandzadeh’s departure impacting the draft; they aren’t going to take Michael Crabtree to replace T.J. Crabtree would have been a possibility had they traded Chad Johnson, but that isn’t going to happen now.
So, so long, T.J. Hope you have better luck in Seattle than Madieu Williams did in Minnesota, Landon Johnson did in Carolina and Justin Smith did in San Francisco (or, for that matter, than Antwan Odom and Ben Utecht had in Cincy). A change of scenery ain’t always all it’s cracked up to be.