BREAKING NEWS: Seahawks to Cut TJ Houshmandzadeh

It’s not even the 1st game and I’m starting to run out of patience with Pete Carroll.

The Seattle Seahawks will cut ties with T.J. Houshmandzadeh by trading or releasing him, according to two league sources, and it will promote former Detroit first-round draft pick Mike Williams into its starting lineup for a Sept. 12 game against San Francisco.

The 32-year-old Houshmanzadeh caught 79 passes last season and will be a bargain for another team this season.

His Seahawks contract includes offset language that makes Seattle liable to pay Houshmanzadeh whatever his new team doesn’t.

So if Houshmanzadeh were to sign a veteran minimum deal of $850,000, the Seahawks would be liable for the remaining $6.15 million balance.

Seattle signed Houshmanzadeh to a five-year, $40 million contract last offseason, and Seattle will wind up having paid him $15 million for his one season with the Seahawks.

Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Houshmanzadeh’s departure means that Williams’ story becomes one of the best and unlikeliest of the summer.

Bold emphasis mine. I absolutely knew that if Housh would be cut they’d knee-jerk and make Mike Williams #1. Why? Because Williams is from USC and was a former Carroll student. I liked what I saw from Williams in the pre-season but the fact of the matter is he still has to resurrect his “bust” tag he got from the Lions and Raiders.

Seattle is now very thing at wide receiver with Williams at #1, the fragile Deion Branch, and unproven commodities Golden Tate and Deon Butler filling out the rest of the corp.

I’m not even sure it makes sense to trade for Vincent Jackson right now. The problem is not the receivers, it’s the quarterback. Until the Seahawks get a decent QB once Matt Hasselbeck is gone Vincent Jackson will not factor at all.

I want to be optimistic, but I think Carroll and John Schneider overvalue the draft and have no idea how to evaluate the players on their roster.

Thanks for your services Housh, but obviously management has other (potentially team destroying) plans.


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