There was already plenty of fan fuming in the wake of the Vikings‘ failure to secure the services of T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who spent all weekend enjoying the team’s hospitality only to spurn them in favor of the Seattle Seahawks. And, I’m guessing that unhappiness is not going to be helped by what Housh said this morning on Dan Patrick‘s radio show about why he chose Seattle over Minnesota:
It was the quarterbacks.
Well, it wasn’t only the quarterbacks – it was also that seaplane ride the Seahawks gave T.J. and his kids. Yes, Housh specifically mentioned the nice treatment his kids got from the Seahawks as playing a role in his decision. Damn – if only Zygi Wilf had known this, he could’ve rented out a Chuck E. Cheese’s for the day. Does Zygi do balloon animals?
But back to the quarterback thing: T.J. told Patrick that he likes the idea of playing with a QB the caliber of Matt Hasselbeck, and may have signed with the Vikings but for their relative inadequacy at the position. Yeah T.J.? But what about all that stuff about the one-on-one coverage you were going to see with Adrian Peterson back there? Who did you think was going to be throwing you the ball in that scenario? Did you think Warren Moon was still around?
You want my opinion? I think the Vikings got played. I think T.J. never had any intention of signing with us and just used us to jack up his price. And I think Zygi Wilf and company never had any intention of bringing T.J. in before T.J.’s little remark on ESPN about how cool it would be to play with AD. In other words, T.J.’s little ploy worked perfectly. He dropped the AD line, knowing the Vikings were thin at receiver and might at least give him a look, then came in, had a steak dinner on Zygi’s dime…and giggled his way out of town, knowing he’d just bluffed Seattle into that fifth year he was looking for.
And no, I don’t buy all that crap about how nice they were to his kids. T.J. was only looking to soak someone for the most money he could get, and he succeeded.