Is T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s career finished in Seattle?

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 6:  T.J. Houshmandzadeh #84 of the Seattle Seahawks catches the ball during their NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers on December 6, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 20-17. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that T.J. Houshmandzadeh will be released if the Seahawks can’t trade him by Saturday’s final cuts. Schefter writes that once Seattle gives Housh the boot, former Lions’ first round pick Mike Williams will be entered into the starting lineup.

That wasn’t a misprint – Mike Williams will start for the Seahawks this season.

First of all, how bad does Houshmandzadeh have to be if Seattle wants to go with Williams over him? And not only that, but pay Housh $7 million (which is his guaranteed salary this year) just to stay away?

Secondly, how thin are the Seahawks at receiver if Williams is being viewed as a starter? I realize he’s looked good so far in preseason and Matt Hasselbeck seems to like him, but this is a guy that many people thought would have to move to tight end because of how big and slow he is. I could see him being a decent No. 3 or No. 4, but a No. 2? Holy smokes.

I wonder if the Seahawks are gearing up to trade for Vincent Jackson. They clearly have a need at receiver and have expressed interest in him before; I just don’t know if they’ll be willing to part with two draft picks (which is reportedly what San Diego wants in return for him) and pay him whatever he’s currently seeking (especially given Houshmandzadeh’s contract).

Either way, after they cut Housh on Saturday the Hawks are going to look awfully thin at wideout.

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