Posted by Josh Katzowitz
It looks like Cincinnati West has added another member. After hiring former Bengals receivers coach Hue Jackson this past offseason and then signing Carson Palmer as the future starting quarterback a few weeks ago, Oakland has announced the team has added former Bengals receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
Will Brinson wrote Monday that this was a distinct possibility, considering Jackson admitted to reporters that the team would work out Houshmandzadeh to see if he had anything left.
With Palmer in Cincinnati, Houshmandzadeh was one of the premier slot receivers in the game, becoming a consistent third-down pass-catcher who wasn’t afraid to make a reception across the middle of the field.
But after leaving the Bengals, Houshmandzadeh hasn’t been nearly as effective. He caught 79 passes for 911 yards in Seattle in 2009, but he created enough problems with the front office that the Seahawks excommunicated him from the team after one season. He played with the Ravens last year, but he was mostly irrelevant (30 catches, 398 yards), except for his complaining.
Like Palmer, though, he’s probably hoping the magical waters of Hue Jackson can revitalize a career that seemingly has stalled out by joining his former quarterback on the new Cincinnati West squad. Next up on the Raiders docket: sign former Bengals Rudi Johnson, Willie Anderson and Dhani Jones.
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