ESPN is reporting that wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh is coming to Seattle. The free agent has been weighing offers from the Seahawks, Vikings, and his former club, the Cincinnati Bengals, over the weekend.
If these reports are true, it will signify a major upgrade at the wideout position for the Seahawks, who, at one point during the 2008 season, were without their four top receivers.
Houshmandzadeh is a California native and played his college ball at Oregon State University in Corvallis. He was arguably one of the most sought-after free agents of the 2009 offseason, and considered to be the top wideout on the market.
With the Seahawks, Houshmandzadeh would be the clear-cut number-one receiver heading into training camp. He would likely take the place of Deion Branch at that position, sliding the oft-injured Branch over to the two-spot. Should Nate Burleson return healthy from a knee injury that sidelined him for most of ’08, he would likely be bumped out of the starting lineup and into a slot role.
The addition of Houshmandzadeh would also help the Hawks heading into the draft. The team was rumored to be in the hunt for former Texas Tech wideout Michael Crabtree, the top receiver in this year’s class. However, by signing Houshmandzadeh, the Seahawks would likely move away from drafting Crabtree with the fourth overall selection and focus on other needs, perhaps on the defensive or offensive lines.