What's Best for T.J. Houshmandzadeh?

Dennon RawlinsonContributor IMarch 2, 2009

With T.J. Houshmandzadeh weighing and balancing his choices of where to go, one has to wonder what would be in his best interest.  The Seahawks have supposedly fallen out of the bidding because they weren't offering enough money to placate him.  That leaves the Vikings and the Bengals, which in my mind is a pretty tough decision and one can see why T.J. had to delay his decision. 

The Vikings have one of the best lines and a premier running back toting the load in Adrian Peterson.  Another plus on their side is that they were a competitor last year making it to the playoffs.  However, the one thing they do lack is a consistent passing game and there is some questions at the QB position.  Granted they did add Sage Rosenfield, but that does not mean that will have a major difference in the passing game.  So, statistically, he may see a dip in his numbers if their QBs don't pan out.

So the question he has to ask himself is, "Is being on a winning team worth the possible decline in my numbers?"

Then we have the Bengals, which is a nightmare in predicting how they will produce next year.  One thing they do have going for them is their great QB, T.J.'s friend Carson Palmer.  We all know that Houshmandzadeh saw a decrease in his numbers this last year, but one can almost guarantee that wouldn't have happened if Palmer was in the lineup for more than a hand full of games.  Another thing the Bengals have going for them is that T.J. wouldn't have to worry about changing coordinators. so there wouldn't be a big adjustment on his part.  The Bengals have been underachievers and may lose  some of their current pieces, but, like every year, this could be the one they get their act together.

So he is based with a decision: try to turn over a new leaf and enter the unknown, or stay with the known and try to make the best of it.  One thing's for sure, this time next year he is not going to want to be looking back and thinking he made the wrong decision.