One way or another, the Seahawks will cut ties with T.J. Houshmandzadeh this weekend, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday.
According to the report, the Seahawks are looking to trade Houshmandzadeh, the team’s leading receiver last year, but if they can’t reach a deal, they will release him. Cutting Houshmandzadeh, who had 79 catches last season, would be costly, as he is due $7 million in guaranteed money. Houshmandzadeh’s departure would put Mike Williams in the starting lineup, and mean more opportunities for young receivers Golden Tate and Deon Butler.
Houshmandzadeh told reporters after Thursday night’s game in Oakland that he was aware of the trade rumors, and he wasn’t happy about it.
“If Pete (Carroll) feels like that makes them better, then I’ll be somewhere else,” Houshmandzadeh told the Tacoma News Tribune. “It’s as simple as that. I can’t control it. I’m the type of dude where it doesn’t bother me because I can’t control it, but it does bother me because nobody said anything to me, and nobody has said anything to me.
“And I’ve got a wife and kids that are coming up to Seattle, and now that’s not going to happen because of what you hear. And so I’ll just play everything by ear.”