T.J. Houshmandzadeh: The Answer?

chris klinknerSenior Writer IJanuary 23, 2009

The flavor of the moment at WR for the Eagles to pick up seems to be T.J. Houshmandzadeh. The man is a UFA, so having to work out a trade package wouldn't be an issue (unlike with getting Boldin in Eagles' green).

I would never shy away from saying that the Eagles don't need help at the WR position, but there are other more pressing needs with this team (OL, TE, RB to name a few).

And if you look at the stats, is T.J. really the answer for the Eagles?

  • Next September he will be 32 years old. The Eagles have rarely been known to favor players 30+ in age.
  • Since the 2004 season (and yes I am aware that Ryan Fitzpatrick was his QB this season) T.J.'s YPC average has decreased each season.
  • Over the past three seasons his yards per game average has decreased each season.
  • Only once has he had a season of collecting double digit touchdowns.

    Again, Houshmandzadeh is a nice player, but at this point in his career is he any better than Curtis or Jackson? Does he have a special niche like First Down-Avant? I would say no and no.

    Boldin is the answer at WR, but I strongly doubt the Eagles have enough to land him. This is especially true since the Cowboys raised the trading price for WRs with their idiotic deal for Roy Williams.

    You wanna target a top-level UFA, go after Julius Peppers.