Last off-season, free agent T.J. Houshmandazdeh visited the Vikings only to spurn them in favor of the Seattle Seahawks.
A year later, it looks like Housh has become a Viking after all.
According to a report from Fox6 Sports in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (of all places), the Vikings have signed Houshmandzadeh just hours after he was cut by the Seahawks.
The Houshmandzadeh signing comes just minutes after we learned, to our surprise, that the Vikings elected to cut WR Javon Walker, who seemed a lock to make the team after the waiving of WR Logan Payne.
The second Javon was cut, everyone assumed another move was afoot. That move, it appears, has turned out to be the one-year delayed signing of Houshmandzadeh.
Last year with Seattle, Housh caught 79 passes for 911 yards and 3 TDs. This was considered a disappointing season after the large free agent contract the receiver signed.
If this report is true, Housh joins a Viking receiver corps that will be without Sidney Rice for the first six weeks of the season, has somewhat of a health question mark in migraine-prone Percy Harvin and, given Bernard Berrian‘s shaky production, lacks a true #1.
Housh is probably not a #1 himself at this time, but he certainly represents an upgrade over Javon Walker or Logan Payne. The big concern right now is that, even with Houshmandzadeh’s addition, the Vikings lack a genuine deep threat.