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Houshmandzadeh to Vikings?

Posted on: September 4, 2010 5:47 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 5:55 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With the release of Vikings WR Javon Walker, the Twitter-sphere has been buzzing about the reasons behind the move. It could point to one intriguing option. As Andy wrote about today, T.J. Houshmandzadeh is out in Seattle, and that means he could be on his way to Minnesota to join Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian.

Will it happen? For now, there’s been no confirmation, writes the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Judd Zulgad on his Twitter account.

But it would make sense if the Vikings could afford to pay Houshmandzadeh’s $7 million guaranteed salary. And though he’s beginning to get a reputation as a troublemaker in the locker room – let’s face it, he’s beginning to get that reputation publicly, but I covered him in Cincinnati and he was privately beginning to get that reputation there (even more than Chad Ochocinco) – he still has plenty of skills.

In fact, he’s still one of the best possession receivers in the NFL.

He wouldn’t be targeted as much in Minnesota as he was with Seattle (obviously), but he could be a pretty good target for a Super Bowl contender. At least for the first half of the year while Sidney Rice is out after hip surgery.

UPDATE (5:53 p.m.): Because the Walker signing was a pretty big storyline for a two-day span, I figured I'd throw in his reaction to being cut. This is what he texted to the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "I'm just happy to show people I can play and for the Vikes giving me a chance."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: September 5, 2010 12:15 am

Houshmandzadeh to Vikings?

To expand on what DaactorT stated, the Vikes would only have to pay Housh the veteran minimum ($850,000), thereby leaving the Seahawks on the hook for the remaining $6.15 million ($6.15 million + $850,000=$7 million).  I think the Vikes can spare that if they really wanted to, especially with an uncapped year.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2010 9:51 pm

Houshmandzadeh to Vikings?

You cite salary as being an expensive stumbling block - BUT SEATTLE must pay ANYTHING SHORT of the 7 mill for this year!

Since: Oct 21, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2010 8:50 pm

Houshmandzadeh to Vikings?

while I agree with that, it would be best to sign especially with Harvin's migraines and Berrian dropping everything he's thrown.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2010 8:20 pm

Houshmandzadeh to Vikings?

This makes the most sense to me. The Vikings are not trying to build for the future and with Rice out. Housh is the best guy out there to give Farve someone to throw to NOW!

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: September 4, 2010 7:07 pm

Houshmandzadeh to Vikings?

We got a better younger lesser-ego version of him in Camarillo.

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