Baltimore Ravens Sign T.J. Houshmandzadeh: Offense May Be Team's Best Unit

Chuck FortContributor ISeptember 6, 2010

TJ Houshmandzadeh was waived by the Seattle Seahawks earlier this week.
TJ Houshmandzadeh was waived by the Seattle Seahawks earlier this week.Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported that the Baltimore Ravens will sign former Seattle Seahawk WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh to a one-year deal worth $855,000.

The Seahawks waived Houshmandzadeh this week after leading the team in receiving with 79 receptions and 911 yards in 2009.  However, a disappointing three touchdowns and a new staff led to Houshmandzadeh's departure from Seattle.

Baltimore has made tremendous strides in improving the receiving corps around QB Joe Flacco.  Before the 2009 season, veteran receiver Derrick Mason announced his retirement leaving Flacco with few targets.  Mason later returned to the Ravens, but the front office recognized that depth was needed.

That depth is proving to be providential.  One recent acquisition, Donte Stallworth, suffered an injury during pre-season.  Five-year veteran Mark Clayton also injured himself but expects to be ready to play in week one.

But the biggest acquisition for the Ravens this off-season, former Arizona Cardinal Anquan Boldin may become Flacco's favorite receiver.

Boldin flourished in Arizona with Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald as part of a high-powered offense.  He finished with over 1,000 yards receiving in each of the last two seasons and established a warrior's mentality when he played the week after suffering a fractured face against the New York Jets.

Of course, no one can discount Ray Lewis and the vaunted Raven defense, but the offense will certainly push the defense in practice more than ever.

Now, with the sure-handed Houshmandzadeh on the other side of Boldin, iron-man Derrick Mason, and versatile Ray Rice in the backfield, the Baltimore offense could become one of the most prolific in the NFL.