Seattle Seahawks Shopping T.J. Houshmandzadeh?

Danny ThompsonContributor ISeptember 2, 2010

SEATTLE , WA - JANUARY 03:  T.J. Houshmandzadeh #84 of the Seattle Seahawks runs after making a catch against Rod Hood #37 of the Tennessee Titans at Qwest Field on January 3, 2010 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora the Seahawks are actively trying to trade wideout T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Houshmandzadeh turns 33 later this month and is due $7 million in base salary.

Known more for being a possession receiver, Houshmandzadeh caught 79 passes for 911 yards and three touchdowns last year for the Hawks.

With the emergence of Mike Williams and Houshmandzadeh's playing style that doesn't fit in well with new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates vertical passing system, Housh has fallen out of favor with the new Seahawks regime.

The thought coming out of Seattle for the Seahawks to move T.J. he would have to agree to a pay cut, but with little teams showing interest in the 33-year-old, and T.J. showing no pressing desire to leave Seattle, I don't see that happening.

But it does make me ponder if a deal is in the works for Arizona quarterback Matt Leinart.

The Cardinals let a similar player in Anquan Boldin go to Baltimore this offseason and Houshmandzadeh could fill the vacancy needed in Arizona for a possession receiver not afraid to run routes over the middle of the field.

Couple that, with the fact Matt Leinart wants out of Arizona because of his most recent demotion and his fondness for Pete Carroll, and Seahawk fans you have the making of a potential trade.

I applaud the idea of moving T.J. because of his age and his strong attitude, which can sometimes be a distraction in the locker room, but to trade him for Matt Leinart with Vincent Jackson still on the table isn't the right move.

Houshmandzadeh has been quoted by KJR 950 Sports Talk radio in Seattle as saying, "He is aware of the trade rumors, but no matter where he plays he will be an improved player this year."