Houshmandzadeh, 32, would bring good hands and a veteran presence to the Minnesota Vikings
After the puzzling cutting of wide receiver Javon Walker, it appears that the cut to make room for another freshly cut receiver.
Last year, the Vikings were in hot pursuit of former Bengals receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. It almost seemed like a done deal until the very last second as "Housh" decided to sign with the Seattle Seahwaks.
However, it now appears that the Vikings may once again be pursuing "the one that got away."
Houshmandzadeh, 32, was released by the Seattle Seahawks late Friday as the Seahawks have apparently cleared room for a potential trade with the San Diego Chargers to acquire disgruntled receiver Vincent Jackson.
While Walker being cut seemed a bit strange, it appeared that he was cut to make room for another receiver. After all, the Vikings would have went into the season with: Bernard Berrian, Percy Harvin, Greg Camarillo, Greg Lewis, Taye Biddle, and Marquis Hamilton.
So unless the Vikings were inclined on using Biddle and Hamilton in the return game, things didn't make much sense.
Even though Walker was seemingly better than Hamilton and Walker, he is not better than Houshmandzadeh at this point in his career. "Housh" will bring sure hands and good route running to a team that was, at one time, desperate for receiver help.
This doesn't seem like the case anymore.
When Rice went down, the Vikings also traded for the sure handed Greg Camarillo from Miami. In addition to the third-down stud in Camarillo, the Vikings and doctors have hopefully found a "cure" to reigning rookie of the year Percy Harvin's migraine attacks.
Going into the season opener in New Orleans this Thursday, the Vikings seem to once again have a very solid receiving corps that should thrive under quarterback Brett Favre with or without Houshmandzadeh.
Check back for more information as it develops.
Update (9/4/10, 5:30pm): The Vikings have also parted ways with receivers Biddle and Hamilton.
Update (9/4/10, 10:31pm): Amid reports that the Vikings had no interest in Houshmandzadeh, that is rumored to have been in the form of a trade. Representatives of the 32 year old receiver claim that no deal, with any team, will be made tonight as the decision will be based on many factors.
Update (9/5/10, 4:15pm): Sources have said that the Vikings decided to pass on free-agent wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh for the time being.
Update (9/6/10, 9:51am): It appears that Houshmandzadeh has signed with the Baltimore Ravens.