Houshmandzadeh signs with Seahawks

According to the National Football Post, free agent wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Seahawks. The deal also includes $15 million in guarantees.

Barring any last-second problems, free agent wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh will sign a multi-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks, according to sources close to the situation.

According to the source, the Seahawks have offered close to $2 million more than the closest competitor in the race for Houshmandzadeh’s services.

An eight-year veteran out of Oregon State, Houshmandzadeh caught 92 passes for 904 yards and 4 touchdowns in 15 starts for the Bengals last season.

In addition to the Seahawks, the Vikings and Bengals were pursing Houshmandzadeh.

Well…slap…me…hard. I thought Housh would wind up in Minnesota after the Vikes made a decent push this weekend and if not there, surely back in Cincinnati where the Bengals seemed to be offering the most money. Out of the top three choices, I would have ranked Seattle third as Housh’s likely destination. Yikes.

The Seahawks landed the best receiver on the market, although they probably overpaid considering he’ll be 32 in September. He’s highly dependable, an excellent target and he’s not afraid to go over the middle if he has to. Hopefully he doesn’t mind blocking either, because he’ll be doing plenty of it in Greg Knapp’s West Coast Offense because the Seahawks will definitely run the ball next year.

I just wonder how Knapp and Housh will get along. Knapp seems like a good guy, but he’s been known to frustrate receivers in the past (i.e. Terrell Owens and Peerless Price), and Housh isn’t afraid to voice his frustration when he feels that what the offense is doing isn’t working.

I also wonder what this signing means for Michael Crabtree, who some predicted would go fourth to the Seahawks in the April. With Seattle needing to address other holes, I doubt Crabtree will be their pick in round one now that Housh has been signed. (Or is expected to sign, that is.)

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