T.J. Houshmandzadeh spent Sunday night in Minneapolis, and is expected to make a decision some time today on which team will have the privilege of paying him millions of dollars to play for them the next few years. Cincinnati remains at the top of the list – in fact, T.J.’s old quarterback Carson Palmer spent the last few days stalking calling him to make sure he knew he was still wanted on the Bengals. Cincinnati is reportedly prepared to give T.J. a handsome financial package, said to be worth more than Plaxico Burress‘s or Hines Ward‘s (speaking of feeling wanted). That would put T.J.’s new deal in a 5-year/$35 million range that could exceed what the Vikes are willing to offer. Most reports have Minnesota balking at giving T.J., who will be 32 this year, more than a 3-year deal. So, basically, if T.J. signs with the Vikings it won’t be for the money – it will be for the chance to, as he said himself, face all that one-on-one coverage created by teams loading up to stop Adrian Peterson. The other team in the mix, Seattle, is said to also be reluctant to go beyond a 3-year deal, but reportedly has offered more money than the Vikes.
T.J. Houshmandazeh may not have spent the night in Minneapolis after all. The real reporters down there are looking into a story that had T.J. boarding a plane to L.A. late last evening. Funny thing about this: Last night before I went to bed, I was on a message board and some dope was getting reamed for claiming he’d been on a plane from Minneapolis to L.A. and seen Housh. Maybe that guy wasn’t making it up.