Signing Houshmandzadeh is great move

Former Bengal, Seahawk can still be effective

September 06, 2010|By Mike Preston

The Ravens signing wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh Monday was a great move.

If the Cincinnati Bengals have all the firepower in the AFC North, then what about the Ravens? Offensively, they should be able to go toe to toe with any team in the league, not just passing offense, but pure balance.

Houshmandzadeh has been a little eccentric at times during his career, but name me a top receiver who hasn't. He has always been a thorn in the Ravens' sideand he is tough. He has no fear of going over the middle and going after a pass.

If the Ravens got him for the veteran minimum, then general manager Ozzie Newsome should be arrested for stealing. If the Ravens can get the offensive line healthy and ready to play, it might be impossible to cover this team over the entire football field.

There is speculation out there that the Seattle Seahawks didn't want Houshmandzadeh anymore because he no longer had anything left in the tank. That's not true.

The new Seattle brass was going to run more of a two tight end offense this season, and they thought they had younger players at split end and in the slot who were better than Houshmandzadeh.

The problem with Houshmandzadeh is that he thinks he is faster than he actually is, but he really is a possession receiver.

Can he be effective in Baltimore?

Absolutely. Houshmandzadeh had 79 catches for 911 yards last season. He doesn't have great speed, but is very effective between the 20-yard lines, and can work the middle of the field. He is a tough guy and can still beat most No. 3 cornerbacks or safeties one on one. He'll win most battles for a heavily contested pass, something Mark Clayton has failed to do during his time in Baltimore.

Houshmandzadeh is very outspoken, and Seattle didn't want any of his unhappiness to spread in the locker room. He is not a player who likes glory, but if you ask him a question, he will give you a straightforward answer.

There could be some clash of personalities, but receivers Derrick Mason, Anquan Boldin and Houshmandzadeh are at the point in their careers where a Super Bowl victory is more important than personal accomplishments.

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