Report: Vikings deny interest in Houshmandzadeh

It has yet to become official, but the Seahawks are fully expected to release WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh on Saturday.

We’ve discussed that several teams are believed to have interest in the veteran receiver, including the Raiders, Redskins and Vikings. 

An argument could be made that the Vikings are the best fit of those three teams, and I’m a believer the only thing keeping Houshmandzadeh from signing in Minnesota last offseason was the quarterback situation, which didn’t yet include Brett Favre.

This time around, Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune is hearing Houshmandzadeh would like to sign with the Vikings, but they are “not interested” right now.

A report by Joe Reedy of The Cincinnati Enquirer earlier Saturday said four teams — the Vikings, Jets, Cardinals and Chargers — had made trade offers for Houshmandzadeh. The report and denial phase quickly ensued, however, as Manish Mehta of The New York Daily News said the Jets made no offer. Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic also responded that the Cardinals have “no interest” in a trade.

Of course, we never expected any teams were interested in trading for Houshmandzadeh, given the guaranteed figure of $7 million worked into the language of his five-year, $40 million contract. Still, it could be considered another hint of which teams might be interested in Houshmandzadeh as a free agent.

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