Tuesday the Oakland Raiders decided to bring veteran free agent wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh for a workout. Later in the afternoon Raiders personnel confirmed they reached an agreement with Houshmandzadeh.
In essence coach Hue Jackson liked what he saw from the 34 old, wide receiver, enough to provide him with the veteran minimum for the rest of the season.
Houshmandzadah as some history working with Jackson when he spent time as the Bengals wide receiver coach, he had some his best season with him.
However, in the past two season Houshmandzadah has been on the decline and moved around the league from Seattle to Baltimore to sitting out half of the 2011 season waiting for team like the Raiders to see he still has what it takes to be in the NFL.
Houshmandzadah has the ability to provide the team with veteran leadership to the young receiver core of the Raiders. But the main factor most fans know is he can only provide the new Raiders leader on offense quarterback Carson Palmer a familiar target.
Houshmandzadah now in his tenth year was a seventh round draft pick back in 2001. He’s been called one of the NFL’s most underrated players at times. His best season came in 2007 when he had 112 receptions and 12 touchdowns for 1143 yards.
If all works out he has the ability to make a positive influence in Oakland and provide the Raiders with extra boost they just may need. Expect the Raiders to make a player cut once contract is finalized.