Chicago Tribune reporter Vaughn McClure got an interesting response when the question was posed to Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo on why the Bears in need of receiver help, didn't pursue T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Angelo's comment seems to indicate that he believes the Seahawks overpaid for Hushmandzadeh's services.
Here's an excerpt.
``Houshmandzadeh is a fine receiver,'' Angelo said. ``Would we have entertained him? Yes, but we wanted to see what his marketplace was. In this case, we felt like [what he received from the Seahawks] was an exorbitant amount of money. Remember, he was a No. 2 in Cincinnati. That's not to say that what Seattle did wasn't right for them; their situation is different in my mind than ours. They had an inordinate amount of injuries with receivers and they felt like they needed to get somebody that was established and healthy.
``A lot of teams would have liked to have had Houshmandzadeh. But he's going to be 32 in '09 and the price that you're paying for that receiver we felt was very high. You have to look at economics when you look at players. Who doesn't want Houshmandzadeh? But you have to look at the economics: What are the implications to the cap going forward and what does that prevent us from doing in other areas within our team and/or in free agency?''