Receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh went on the defensive recently against the tide of negative thinking against him as a perspective free agent.
Houshmandzadeh told Bengals.com he would show all the doubters he was a much better player than many expected. He also said he was 31, but had a body of a 27-year-old.
I am one of those doubters. The Seahawks are not.
Seattle signed Houshmandzadeh to a five-year, $40 million deal with $15 million in guaranteed money. That's No. 1 receiver money, and thus lies the problem.
Can your No. 1 receiver be a guy who gained 9.8 yards per catch last season? I think not. Seattle paid a lot of money for a No. 2 receiver.
Sorry, T.J. That's what you are.
That's why I still think the Seahawks will take a close look at Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree with the fourth overall pick in the draft. He would be the No. 1 and Houshmandzadeh the No. 2.
The Seahawks better hope this isn't a case of a second receiver on one team not living up to the hype on another. We've seen that before from the likes of Alvin Harper and others.
The truth hurts players. That's why T.J. went on the defensive. At least now he can do it with a fat paycheck.