Houshmandzadeh – Another Fulfilled Example Of “Buyer Beware” ???

October 01, 2010 |

When that WNST.net text flashed across the screen of your phone, the excitement started to overflow, right?

“T.J. Houshmandzadeh signs 1 year deal with Ravens” …..

Many of us ….. umm, scratch that …..

Nearly ALL of us thought Ozzie Newsome and his cronies just pulled the equivalent of a late night stickup at the local 7-11 store. And, we had good reason to think the Ravens cup runneth over on this particular deal.

Think about it …..

T.J. Houshmandzadeh is a sure-handed, veteran wide receiver. He is quite familiar with the AFC-North. He is a guy who backs up all his jawing on the field.

Oh yeah, and he came here from Seattle.

Baltimore has a recent run of success when importing players from Seattle …..


Say what you will, but for all the bubble gum popping and easily-distracted maneuvers of Adam Jones, I would trade away Erik Bedard for his services a MILLION times over.

Thus, I have that buoyed optimism whenever something from Seattle arrives.

But, indeed, there is a malfunction in my madness …..

T.J. Houshmanzadeh does not play baseball. And, more importantly, the Seattle Seahawks didn’t trade him away; they gave him away. They didn’t ask for Mark Clayton. They didn’t ask for Prince Miller. They didn’t even ask for a crate of crabcakes or an autographed Elvis Grbac jersey …..

The Seahawks were so eager to jettison Houshmandzadeh that they ATE his 2010 salary just to rid themslves of him. If you’re counting the beans, that’s $7 million in big bills.

Yet, all of us looked past that.

We envisioned the same T.J. Houshmandzadeh who tormented us with end zone catches in a Bengals uniform. Uh, speaking of the Bengals …. he’s the same T.J. Houshmandzadeh who dropped four passes, in Cincinnati, just two weeks ago.

Now, this morning, we’re learning that Houshmandzadeh is surprised at his lack of participation in the Ravens offense.



Hmmm ….. he should try standing in the shoes of Pierre Garcon, in Indianapolis. That’s right, if you develop the “dropsies” in Indy, #18 looks elsewhere. And, you’re obligated to re-prove yourself over time.

This is absolutely GREAT. The Ravens are preparing for a road game against their nemesis, in Pittsburgh. T.J. Houshmandzadeh has played in this division; he knows the importance of battling the Steelers.

Yet, he’s chosen one of the most inconvenient times to question his role.

God bless Drew Forrester. He said this day was coming …..

Is there a silver lining to this drama? You bet. I take great comfort in knowing this guy will NEVER, EVER allow a verbal distraction to sabotage his team …..

Ahh ….. I feel better already.

Happy Friday !!!!!