Houshamazood? Whosyourmama? Championship!
In 2008, the Seahawks’ receiver corps was a disaster. Injuries hit just about everyone on the roster, including quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, and their last big-ticket wideout, Deion Branch, has been an unmitigated disappointment since the team gave up a first-round pick and $39 million for him in 2006. Still, this team must reinforce the receiver position to come back from last year’s 4-12 nightmare. They think they’ve done that by signing former Bengals receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh to a five-year, $40 million contract with $15 million in guarantees. “Housh” is primarily known for the commercial making sport of his difficult last name, but he’s a consistent offensive threat — he’s caught more balls than anyone else over the last four years. On Tuesday, “T.J. Whosyourmama” talked to Dave “Softy” Mahler of Seattle’s KJR 950.
On what appealed to him about Seattle:
“It was an easy decision once the process got going. Coming up here to Seattle — I had never been to Seattle even though I played at Oregon State until (the Bengals) played here, and I was surprised at how beautiful the city was. When I found out they were interested, I said, ‘Oh, yeah — I could definitely play in Seattle.’ It’s really nice, and I look forward to it. I can catch some Oregon State games now, get to the spring games, and be a true alum.”
Why Seattle over Minnesota (the Vikings were also going at him hot and heavy)?
“It was just that when I left Seattle, I felt, ‘Man, I’m going to be playing for the Seahawks.’ This is my first time in free agency, and that’s not how it (usually) works. You get to a team you like, and you sign. But I wanted to make sure that this was the right decision, go through the process. I did that, and it forced it even more me wanting to play in Seattle.”