Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network is reporting that Seattle Seahawks receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh is being shopped by the team just days before Seattle has to trim down to the final, 53-man roster.
Rumblings of Houshmandzadeh being moved have been going around the league for weeks, but finally bubbled to the surface today.
It’s unlikely Seattle would just cut Houshmandzadeh because they would still be on the hook for his $7 million salary this season.
The 32-year-old receiver was outspoken in his first season in Seattle last year, and had communication issues with veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. However, Houshmandzadeh has been much quieter this season, going about his business and trying to get ready for the regular season.
He also is returning from sports hernia surgery during the offseason, so that could have hindered the Seahawks trying to move him earlier during training camp, with teams wanting to make sure he’s healthy.
Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune speculates that the Seahawks would like to move Houshmandzadeh in order to sign San Diego restricted free agent Vincent Jackson before this weekend’s deadline, when his three game suspension turns into six games after he winds up on the Chargers’ restricted list.
I’m headed to Oakland Stadium now and will have more later.