Posted by: Shaun Dolence
I feel a lot better now than I did yesterday. Houshmandzadeh was reportedly receiving the “full court press” in Minnesota, and was going to stay in town over night. It felt like the Seahawks had an outside shot at best to land the coveted wide receiver.
Apparently, their chances have increased. It has been reported that T.J. Houshmandzadeh left the Twin Cities last night, and was headed back to Los Angeles.
From Vikings blogger Judd Zulgad with the Minneapolis Star Tribue:
"We are no longer working on a tip that T.J. Houshmandzadeh has left town. We are now confirming that the free-agent wide receiver is no longer in the Twin Cities and was on a 9:35 flight last night to Los Angeles.As we said in the blog posted moments ago, this does not mean the Vikings are out of the running. But it certainly isn’t a good sign. Houshmandzadeh was supposed to sleep on his decision at a Minneapolis hotel. But it appears he had second thoughts and decided to depart.Pure speculation on my part is that if Houshmandzadeh went back to Los Angeles that’s a good sign if you’re the Seattle Seahawks. Of course, yesterday I wrote that Seattle might be out of this race. Anyway, the news is that T.J. is no longer in the Twin Cities.More information: Good point from someone in the comments section and I meant to put this in. Houshmandzadeh lives in the L.A. area so he was going home. As for the Seattle angle, I’m thinking that if he was going to sign with the Vikings he would have stayed in Minnesota. If he was going to sign with the Bengals, perhaps he would have flown to Cincinnati. But since he lives in the L.A. area, that might give Seattle the edge because it’s not a long flight. Pure speculation on my part."