The ink is barely dry on Jason La Canfora’s report that the Seattle Seahawks have informed T.J. Houshmandzadeh he will be released if the team isn’t able to work out a trade, but it’s never too soon to look at where the veteran receiver could end up next.
It’s widely believed the Seahawks will find it difficult to trade Houshmandzadeh, given his age (32) and the $7 million guarantee worked into the language of his current five-year, $40 million contract.
In no particular order, let’s take a look at the three suitors included in La Canfora’s report as the leaders in the clubhouse:
Minnesota: The Vikings were one of three finalists in the Houshmandzadeh Award Tour of 2009, and he is presumably familiar with Brad Childress and the coaching staff. One of, and maybe the only, factor in Houshmandzadeh not choosing the Vikings at that time was their quarterback situation, which did not include Brett Favre. With Sidney Rice out for at least half the season, and Percy Harvin’s migraine issues always in question, the Vikings moved quickly to acquire Greg Camarillo. The only knowns for the Vikings beyond that are Greg Lewis and (for now) Javon Walker. Owner Zygi Wilf has proven he’ll spend when necessary, and a factor in favor of adding another veteran is the team recognizes the window to win with Favre is now.
Oakland: Inevitably, every available receiver is linked to the Raiders. They have passed on other free agent options (see Owens, Terrell) to date, sticking with younger receivers in Louis Murphy, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Chaz Schilens, Johnnie Lee Higgins and rookie Jacoby Ford. Schilens, considered the biggest playmaker of the group, underwent a recent knee surgery and is in doubt for the season opener. The belief is the Raiders are interested in adding a veteran receiver to the group, giving Jason Campbell a consistent target.
Washington: Before the Redskins placed Malcolm Kelly on injured reserve this week, the group was considered thin, with Joey Galloway listed as the starter opposite Santana Moss. Former second-round pick Devin Thomas was thought to be on the bubble, but appears to have a job, along with journeyman Bobby Wade and the unknown Anthony Armstrong. Consider La Canfora’s recent report of the Redskins’ interest in trading for Vincent Jackson, and Daniel Snyder’s willingness to acquire veterans. If Mike Shanahan is building a team to win now behind Donovan McNabb, a move for Houshmandzadeh would be logical.
Where do you think Houshmandzadeh ends up if he’s released?