The Seattle Seahawks confirmed that receiver T.J. Houshmendzadeh is in town visiting with team officials and taking a look at the facility.
Also, Seattle defensive end Lawrence Jackson talked with KJR's Mitch Levy this morning about his rookie season and some of the criticism he received from folks in the media and fans.
Levy stated he was disappointed in Jackson's rookie season, and asked how Jackson felt about his rookie performance.
Jackson admitted he did not play up to his expectations, and was frank about his frustration with how people perceived he performed. Jackson says he'll remember what the critics said.
He also said part of the reason for his less-than-overwhelming performance was he hurt his right foot in the first regular-season game of the year against Buffalo, and that playing through that pain affected his play in his rookie season. Jackson said he didn't feel healthy again until the last four games of the year.
"It's their right," Jackson said about the criticism. "That's a fan's right to criticize and judge a player. But it's also my right to let people know that when things do get going right that, 'Hey, you counted me out." So let's not forget the jury was out on me early."
Jackson also had this to say about the critics.
"I understand the fact of the issue that fans don't know what they're talking about," Jackson said. "That's why I put my trust in the organization and Tim Ruskell and Coach (Mike) Holmgren and Coach (Jim) Mora. We've talked about it, and we've both felt confident about moving forward. So to be discouraged about the fans, that's kind of ridiculous."
Jackson owned up to his performance and believes he'll get better next season.
"I do take responsibility for it," he said. "This is my fault. Like, I'm an artist and this painting is a creation of mine. So what I have to do is go back to the drawing board and look at it, and analyze it and move forward and create another painting. Hopefully, people will understand that I'm saying this is not even close to my best work, but this a game where progression is the key to success."
Jackson also said a surface look on watching his performance on TV or at the game does not reveal his true performance for last season.
"TV copies don't really show you what a guy is really doing, they just show you what he's not doing," Jackson said. "So I was confident in the positive stuff I put on film and moving forward. Was this year a disappointment to me in itself? No, I think it was a learning year, and that people want stuff right now. You know, we didn't have a good year as a defense as you saw the decline from the year before. So it's not just Lawrence Jackson didn't perform well, and I do take fault in my performance. And I've talked to the GM (Tim Ruskell) and Jim Mora and they are fully aware of kind of the turbulence I went through last year."
Levy also interviewed Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach. The Red Raiders head coach had this to say about his former player, wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who some teams may have reservations about after his foot injury was revealed during the comine.
"He's a great player," Leach said. "And I would draft him myself. And his body or work proves it. I know this – the combine has their special way they measure him, and they had him at 6-1 ¾ (actually 6-1 3/8) which is almost 6-2, and still taller than most receivers.
"The one thing I like about him is he's a thick, tall guy. He's hot just a tall guys that's kind of a bone-rack kind of guy. He's a thick, solid guy. And then all of these DB's that he encountered that are going to go to the league, he had his way with all of them, so I think that pretty much speaks for itself. I'm excited about Michael Crabtree and I wouldn't have any reservations about drafting him."
Listen to both the Jackson and Leach interviews in this audio link.