T.J. Houshmandzadeh Out, Vincent Jackson In?


The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has an interesting report regard the T.J. Houshmandzadeh trade rumors. Of course, the Minnesota Vikings were the losers – or winners, I suppose – of the Houshmandzadeh sweepstakes last year but could have a shot at landing him if he becomes available.

Besides considering a “second shot” at acquiring Houshmandzadeh, Judd Zulgad, who wrote the article, mentions that the Seahawks could be looking to create room for another big-contract player: Vincent Jackson.

The Seahawks have been rumored to have serious interest in acquiring Jackson from the San Diego Chargers, but the price of compensating San Diego and a new contract may be too high.

From Zulgad’s article:

Now it appears the Vikings could have another shot at Houshmandzadeh – if they are interested. The Seahawks are actively shopping Houshmandzadeh, according to NFL sources. The story was first reported this afternoon by Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network.

Seattle is believed to be trying to unload Houshmandzadeh because it would like an opportunity to clear salary cap space to potentially add disgruntled San Diego wide receiver Vincent Jackson in a trade. Houshmandzadeh is due to make $7 million plus guaranteed this coming season.

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  • David

    God, I hope that this is not true. Here we have a guy who does nothing but catch balls and make first downs, and we want to trade him for some prima donna? We have enough big play threats. Sure Charlie seems to like to unleash the dragon, but we don’t need a whole stable of burners to chase after them. What we need is a reliable performer who shows up big when it counts, and that’s Housh. Is there a receiver that Matt trusts more?

  • Brian

    What are you saying David? Vincent Jackson is a 6-5 big play receiver that the Hawks have been missing since…when? In a perfect world I would hate seing TJ go, but if I had to pick between the two, my vote is for V Jack.

    • David

      The receiver squad is full of up-and-coming big play guys. What it lacks, aside from T.J., is that glue-handed third down guy who consistently finds a way to get open underneath. Some of those plays could end up going to Carlson (here’s hoping his regular season is better), but we will dearly miss having that automatic guy on the outside.

      If you think about it, we have always had one of those guys, from Largent to Engram and now Housh. Yes, the big, freakishly athletic Vincent Jackson-type receiver is great to have, but the Houshmandzadeh-type is equally so. And, of course, personallity-wise I’ll take Housh any day.

      • Rob

        “glue-handed third down guy who consistently finds a way to get open underneath…”

        I think they have Forsett in mind for that role…

  • Hawkman

    I think David is saying, Brian, that we would rather have a decent receiver than a trouble-making brat who is made to look better than he really is by Phillip Rivers. Still, if we can get the Vikings to pony-up a 3rd round pick for Housh (to cover our horrible miscue for Clibboard J), then I say trade him. DO NOT pick up the little girly-man, Vincent Jackson, however. Trade Branch for a 3rd-rounder, too, while we are at it. Butler, Williams and Tate will be OK.

    • ccz

      You would be lucky to get a 6th rounder for Deion Branch…

      • Hawkman

        Read my comments under the other Vincent Jackson threads to get an education about the extreme lack of depth at WR for the Chargers (VJ nothwithstanding) and how the Chargers should jump at a DB-for-VJ trade straight-up, you clueless Charger fan wanna-be.

        • http://www.12thmanrising.com Shaun Dolence

          I doubt there is much of a market for Deion Branch. His age, contract, and production (or lack thereof) probably wouldn’t warrant much compensation.

          The Chargers acquired Patrick Crayton today for a seventh-round draft pick.

          Vincent Jackson is a much more valuable asset and the Chargers could probably demand compensation similar to what the Broncos received for Brandon Marshall.

          I tend to agree with ccz; the Seahawks would be lucky to find a trading partner willing to give up a late-round pick for Branch.

          Houshmandzadeh is entirely different, but just as unlikely. There is no chance another team even comes close to giving up a third-round pick for T.J (and taking on his large contract).

          That being said, I’ve been surprised before. I never thought the Seahawks would actually get rid of Housh.

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