Jason La Canfora got the wheels spinning on Thursday when he reported the Seahawks had let it be known that T.J. Houshmandzadeh is available.
Given the youth movement at hand in Seattle, along with the age/cost/production factors with Houshmandzadeh, the news doesn’t qualify as a surprise. One reporter close to the team — Greg Johns of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer — chimed in that he has little doubt the Seahawks would be willing to move Houshmandzadeh in the right circumstances.
What remains to be seen is if another team is willing to take on the $7 million guaranteed salary attached to Houshmandzadeh, or if the Seahawks are willing to eat the salary and release a player they signed just a year ago (anyone else remember the Houshmandzadeh Award Tour of 2009?). Eric D. Williams of The News Tribune doesn’t see the latter as something the Seahawks are willing to do.
Following Thursday night’s game, Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times had this exchange with Houshmandzadeh, who says he’s cool with whatever happens. But are the Seahawks now forced to move Houshmandzadeh, who doesn’t feel wanted?
The reports floating of Seattle during the preseason have suggested the team is more than happy with the receivers not named Houshmandzadeh.
Steve Wyche checked on Mike Williams early on in training camp, and among the positive reviews are that he’s the team’s most dangerous receiver. The Seahawks seem committed to Deion Branch. Veteran scribe Clare Farnsworth called Deon Butler the MVP after Thursday night’s performance (seven receptions, 101 yards, TD), which prompted Pete Carroll to call him the most improved offensive player. Rookie Golden Tate has flashed promise when he’s not on donut runs. Brandon Jones and Ben Obomanu are still in the mix.
It’s quite the shift for the Seahawks, who flirted with the idea Terrell Owens and Brandon Marshall during the offseason, and are saying Houshmandzadeh (at his current price tag) is now expendable.