The Best Offseason Move in the NFL: The Fall of T.J. Houshmandzadeh

Andy RAnalyst INovember 21, 2009

CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 14: T,J, Houshmandzadeh #84 of the Cincinnati Bengals moves on the field during the NFL game against the Washington Redskins on December 14, 2008 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals won 20-13. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Late last February and into early March, the Minnesota Vikings were pursuing one of the biggest names on the free agent market, wide receiver T.J Houshmandzadeh.

Wide receiver Bernard Berrian was the only true receiver that put fear into a defender's eyes.

Trust me, it wasn't all that terrifying either.

Houshmandzadeh—or simply Housh—choose the Seahawks over the Vikings because "I just felt it was the best destination. It was the best team. It was the best choice for me."

Well, I think Housh might be regretting that fateful decision.

The Seahawks are just 3-6 while the Vikings have a commanding lead in the NFC North with an 8-1 record, coasting into what seems to be an easy first-round bye in the playoffs.

It all came down to the quarterback position in which Housh felt the Seahawks were clearly superior.

At that precise moment, he was probably right. One thing he forgot to take into account was Seattle's lack of a healthy quarterback, lack of a running game, and lack of anything really.

In fact, Housh is one of the main reasons why this Vikings team is 8-1 instead of 6-3, 5-4, or worse. His $8 million per year salary would have crippled the Vikings, making it difficult to add talent to any other position over the next few years.

If Housh were to sign, the Vikings probably don't take current Rookie of the Year front-runner Percy Harvin. Instead, they probably take Michael Oher.

That's all good, but what would have happened in the second round? Hardly anyone chosen in the second round this year has made any impact.

Again, thank you, Housh.

Second round selection Phil Loadholt has taken on the starting right tackle position and has done an amazing job of doing so. After a rough start to the season with injuries and all, Loadholt has developed into one of the best rookie offensive lineman this year—behind Oher of course.

Would the Vikings have had enough money to sign Favre? We'll never know. Money was definitely a factor in him coming to Minnesota. After all, $25 million over two years is much more than he would have received otherwise.

A lot of people were angry with the drafting of Percy Harvin. After all, wide receiver didn't seem like a need at the time, especially considering the hole at right tackle. With Oher still on the board at the time, it was a no-brainer. However, the Vikings shocked the NFL drafting what would soon become the best pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Houshmandzadeh will come into Minnesota with a target on his head. Picking the Seahawks over the Vikings was a mistake—at least from his perspective.

Vikings fans are going crazy this year and are loving every minute of it. Housh's signing with the Seahawks ultimately brought us Percy Harvin, Phil Loadholt, and Brett Favre.

Not to mention, who knows what kind of playing time Sidney Rice would have gotten with Housh in the mix. I think it's fair to say that Vikings' fans would much rather have Rice now.

With all the great off-season moves around the NFL this season, Houshmandzadeh's signing with the Seahawks was the best move by far. At least from a Minnesota Vikings' fan's perspective.

So, enjoy your stay in Seattle Housh. Remember, the Vikings couldn't have done it without you.


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