Saturday, September 4, 2010

T.J. Houshmandzadeh reportedly out in Seattle

Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh will be released or traded by the Seattle Seahawks as part of the team's final roster cuts Saturday, according to multiple reports.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and say the team will part with Houshmandzadeh after just one season. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports former Lions first-rounder Mike Williams has earned a starting spot ahead of the 10th-year pro, and coach Pete Carroll likes young receivers Deon Butler and Golden Tate. Deion Branch is set as the team's No. 1 receiver, and Ben Obomanu is expected to round out the receiving corps.

Houshmandzadeh, 32, is due $7 million this season in the second year of a five-year, $40 million contract. Schefter reports the Seahawks will be responsible for most of the money even if they trade him, per the contract’s terms. Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers and Arizona Cardinals have already made trade offers for the former Bengals wideout. San Diego acquired Patrick Crayton from the Dallas Cowboys earlier Friday.

Chad Ochocinco, Houshmandzadeh’s longtime running mate in Cincy, said via Twitter on Friday that he will lobby the team to reunite the two.

Houshmandzadeh led the Seahawks with 79 receptions and 911 yards last season, though he caught just three touchdown passes. He also lobbied publicly to have more passes thrown his way. The PI speculates Carroll is concerned that Houshmandzadeh, in addition to being an older player, may not be a team player.

source: Yahoo Sports
author: The Sporting News

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