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Houshmandzadeh: "I've never been a guy that wasn't wanted"

The news that T.J. Houshmandzadeh was on the trade block wasn’t a total shock, but it creates a difficult situation for the Seahawks if they can’t complete a deal.

The papers in Seattle indicate the Seahawks don’t want to simply cut Housh and eat his $7 million guaranteed salary if they can’t find a taker. But now they’ve got a player that doesn’t feel wanted.

“I can’t control it,” Houshmandzadeh said after Thursday’s game.  “I’m the type of dude where it doesn’t bother me because I can’t control it, but it does bother me because nobody said anything to me, and nobody has said anything to me.”

Houshmandzadeh did talk to former coach Jim Mora, though.  He told Mora that he didn’t get as many reps in practice this week. (That could simply be because they were sitting starters like Housh, Deion Branch, and Matt Hasselbeck.)

Still, it sounds like the Seahawks will have some fence-mending to do if they decide to keep Houshmandzadeh.

“Everybody wants to feel wanted. It’s doesn’t matter, but it’s like, ‘Wow.’ But that’s just how it goes. I’ve never been in a situation like this. I’ve never been a guy that wasn’t wanted. I was always wanted. So we’ll see,” Houshmandzadeh.

It’s not that no one wants Houshmandzadeh.  No one wants him for $7 million guaranteed — except former Seahawks G.M. Tim Ruskell.

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37 Responses to “Houshmandzadeh: "I've never been a guy that wasn't wanted"”
  1. BCfromHell says: Sep 3, 2010 10:06 AM

    Catch some passes and make some plays…, then you’ll feel wanted again. Being the big contract player, doesn’t make you the favorite.

  2. FinFan68 says: Sep 3, 2010 10:07 AM

    Last year in Cincy? How about right now? Maybe you might feel wanted if you actually produced somewhere close to what you are getting paid for.

  3. phlockar says: Sep 3, 2010 10:08 AM

    I’ve been bummed out too many times to count as a Bengals fan but nothing more when Housh left. Too bad we don’t need him anymore since Shipley and Gresham are getting first team reps. Although if any team were to gaurantee too much money to a WR it’s us ala Bryant and Coles.

  4. CanadianVikingFan says: Sep 3, 2010 10:09 AM

    Get over it panzy.

  5. Actlikea2yrold says: Sep 3, 2010 10:09 AM

    Serves him right, could’nt face reality, Cincy wanted him, but he didnt see he wasnt good enough to be a wr1. Now come on back with ur tail between ur legs and get ur butt in the slot with Chad on 1 side and T.O. on the other. Shipley would benefit from all 3.

  6. FloriosHairHat says: Sep 3, 2010 10:09 AM

    Wanted: Dead or Alive

  7. petro says: Sep 3, 2010 10:10 AM

    Ummmm……didn’t they fly you into the city there on a pontoon plane and courted you as a free agent? You were wated then. Things change in the NFL and it can only take 1 year to do so or a coaching change.

  8. Kaz says: Sep 3, 2010 10:10 AM

    Housh, should stayed in Cinci where you was beloved and a star.

  9. Jack Burton says: Sep 3, 2010 10:22 AM

    Shut up already, you’re getting overpaid by a large number. I’m not a Seahawks fan but I’m tired of this guy opening his yap.

  10. steeelfann says: Sep 3, 2010 10:23 AM

    This guy’s ego may actually in fact go beyond TO’s.
    This guy has always been nothing but an average speed possession receiver who was overpaid and now it has come to pass.
    Totally overrated, but mostly overrated by himself.
    I, I, I, I – I hear that a lot from him. I, I.

  11. realitypolice says: Sep 3, 2010 10:25 AM

    And……….cue all the jealous fanboys with how they wouldn’t care about being wanted or not for 7 million, a list of all of the things they would do if they had his contract, he should just shut up and stop whining, blah, blah, blah….in 3……2………1…………..

  12. billsfan1 says: Sep 3, 2010 10:25 AM

    this guy sucked anyways… he had a top throwing qb getting him the ball and he had a solid running game with rudy johnson oh any another guy by the name of chad johnson… just sayin

  13. sportsbruh3 says: Sep 3, 2010 10:27 AM

    Brandon Jacobs said it was a “CUT THROAT” business

  14. mbbrazi says: Sep 3, 2010 10:30 AM

    You are now-you conceited loudmouth 🙂

  15. Mean Leroy Brown says: Sep 3, 2010 10:33 AM

    @ phlockar
    More bummed than when Chris Henry died?

  16. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Sep 3, 2010 10:34 AM

    Look guy, you’re a 7th round draft pick…You came into the league basically unwanted and you’re gonna leave the league the same way.
    TJ’s mouth has always outperformed his talent and skill level…

  17. Strick says: Sep 3, 2010 10:39 AM

    Not a Whosyerdaddy fan at all, but that’s just wrong. How can any team put a player on the trading block without telling him why?
    Not from a touchy-feely, what-about-his-feelings perspective, but from a good business perspective. It’s unlikely that he won’t find a job elsewhere, but what happens if he does remain with the Seahawks?
    What kind of attitude is he gonna have? And how do the other players feel about the organization when they see a player of Housh’s status treated that way?
    Badly, badly handled by Carroll and the rest of the staff.

  18. HarrisonHits says: Sep 3, 2010 10:43 AM

    Yet another turd who got paid bigtime, promptly did not deliver like he was supposed to, and all he can do is whine that “the mean ol’ Seahawks don’t want poor lil’ ol’ me anymore”.
    GFY Housh, maybe if you hadn’t played like crap the team would still want your bloated salary that you won’t come close to earning.
    Funny how if they play well the players whine that they “overperform their contracts” and want more money, but when they get the money and suck all they can do is whine that the team doesn’t want their lousy, crap playing asses.
    Hey players you can collectively GFY at this point. All you are doing is driving fans like myself away from the game to other interests.

  19. BleedGreen says: Sep 3, 2010 10:50 AM

    He was open a LOT last year and Hass and Seneca weren’t throwing him the ball. He gave them a lot of opportunities that they didn’t take. TO in Buffalo was the same way. His numbers sucked, but if the QB doesn’t throw you the ball when you’re open, you can’t catch it.

  20. Jeff says: Sep 3, 2010 10:50 AM

    What’s with all the hating on Housh? Wait, did you say $7 million GUARANTEED? Wow – this guy managed to get an outrageous deal last year. He might be worth 1/5th of that, give or take.
    Yeah, he should keep quiet and show people he can still play, either in Seattle or elsewhere.

  21. FumbleNuts says: Sep 3, 2010 10:51 AM

    Seahawks SHOULD have traded WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh for RB Marshawn Lynch a long time ago!!

  22. ejtowne says: Sep 3, 2010 11:05 AM

    Come to Buffalo, we will give you Lynch/Whitner even trade.

  23. odell says: Sep 3, 2010 11:11 AM

    Grass ain’t always greener is it houshmazode? You were never a number 1 receiver always 2nd behind chad get your ego in check douchmazada you’ll always be a 2 or a 3 and now you wouldn’t be wanted as a a Bengal…

  24. sven_ftw says: Sep 3, 2010 11:13 AM

    you are now!
    glad he’s not a vike!

  25. The Franchise says: Sep 3, 2010 11:20 AM

    “I’ve never been a guy that wasn’t wanted. I was always wanted.”
    Makes sense… that’s why you still play for the Bengals.
    Oh, wait…

  26. DB26 says: Sep 3, 2010 11:26 AM

    Massaquoi, Robiskie, Housh – Watson/Moore – Delhomme – Harrison/Hillis/Hardesty/Davis – Vickers – Thomas – Steinbach – Mack – Lauvao – Pashos
    I would take that offense. Swing a low grade deal for him Double H (Holmgren/Heckert). Housh would be a nice compliment to up & comers MoMass & Robo with Cribbs coming along nicely & Stuckey as a good back up slot option. Browns could use an experienced option for Delhomme that has good hands & runs solid routes.

  27. Jungle Juice says: Sep 3, 2010 11:29 AM

    Seattle – you should have called Marvin Lewis before they signed Bryant and drafted Shipley.
    Shipley brings more to the team than T.J. so I’m glad they didn’t call.

  28. The Franchise says: Sep 3, 2010 11:32 AM

    Massaquoi, Robiskie, Housh – Watson/Moore – Delhomme – Harrison/Hillis/Hard esty/Davis – Vickers – Thomas – Steinbach – Mack – Lauvao – Pashos
    I would take that offense.
    Single worst idea yet today.

  29. Zach says: Sep 3, 2010 11:37 AM

    But 85 was the problem in the Bengals locker room right? lol

  30. awdlmd says: Sep 3, 2010 11:57 AM

    This is why you don’t pay big money to good but sub-elite recievers. They are a dime a dozen. The ones that put up big numbers are the ones in good offenses who get lots of targets. Vincent Jackson will learn this when he sees how easily replaceable he is.

  31. CarlHess1 says: Sep 3, 2010 12:00 PM

    For a little better than average WR he sure thinks he is unbelievably good.

  32. Broohaha33 says: Sep 3, 2010 12:02 PM

    What’s the matter Rosenthal? Couldn’t squeeze an exclamation point in there somewhere?

  33. TrueFan says: Sep 3, 2010 12:33 PM

    Bet he’s wishing he had not spurned the Vikings last year.
    I’m betting he would have had pretty good numbers (probably at the expense of Sidney Rice) last year if he had gone there.
    And now he would have been a bona fide number 1 receiver with Rice out for 6-8 weeks.
    Cracks me up how most receivers seem to be under the delusion that they can be productive REGARDLESS of what the other talent on the team is – such as other receivers, an offensive line, the QB, the system.
    He was a dope for going to Seattle to begin with.
    He followed the money. At least he was smart in getting the guaranteed money. He’ll get it even if he gets cut.

  34. RedsDouche says: Sep 3, 2010 12:34 PM

    Zach says:
    September 3, 2010 11:37 AM
    But 85 was the problem in the Bengals locker room right? lol
    Exactly what I’ve been saying since T.J. left. This team has completely turned around since that cry baby left. So it’s quite obvious who the real locker room cancer was and it wasn’t Ocho.

  35. dlmcc0909 says: Sep 3, 2010 12:41 PM

    This guy could have went to Minnesota, and instead went for a little more money in Seattle. Now hes on the verge of being cut and the Vikings are a contender to win it all this year. Being greedy sure does come back at you sometimes.
    In all honesty, hes not a bad WR or a bad guy. but Seattle was crazy giving him that kind of money from the beginning.

  36. blahblahblah says: Sep 3, 2010 1:00 PM

    Funny thing is, he leaves Cincy they start winning, developing chemistry no more cancer. Seattle has developed a cancer. This is weird anyone know a common denominator??? Oh yeah mr turn down the same amount to stay in Cincy and still look good to go to Seattle and suck. Not a knock on Seattle, they would be a fine team without him. Hey Seattle call Pi$$burgh or Baltimore.

  37. Terrell Blowens says: Sep 3, 2010 1:00 PM

    Haha first of all why did he say the same thing twice in a row? Second of all, he wasn’t wanted last year by really anyone in free agency until the Seahawks saw something in him. The Bengals, Vikings, Eagles, Bears, and several other teams passed on Douchemandzadeh cause he’s only a #2 possession receiver

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