Biggs: Houshmandzadeh doesn't regret choice
Maybe if Brett Favre had been in place as the quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings, the decision made by T.J. Houshmandzadeh would have been different.
In the end, he decided to cast his lot with Matt Hasselbeck and cash a check from the Seattle Seahawks, a move that has him in the wrong position in the standings right now. The Seahawks are foundering at 3-6 while the Vikings are atop the NFC North at 8-1 and talking Super Bowl. Meanwhile, the team he left the Cincinnati Bengals has command of the AFC North at 7-2.
“Had (Favre) been there I don’t know what would have happened,” Houshmandzadeh said. “He wasn’t there, so I felt I had to do what was best for me. And if you look at both teams, yeah, I knew Minnesota was going to be good, but I thought we were going to be really good, too.
“So hindsight is better than foresight, you know? And like I say, nine games into it, it doesn’t look like I made a great decision, but it’s too early.”
The money offered by all three teams—the Bengals were in play also—was all about the same, Houshmandzadeh said. He landed a $40 million, five-year contract from the Seahawks that includes $15 million guaranteed. Now, Houshmandzadeh will get a chance to see the Vikings on Sunday when Seattle travels to the Metrodome.
It’s probably worked out best for the Vikings. Had Houshmandzadeh arrived, he likely would have reduced the role of Sidney Rice, who has developed as Favre’s go-to-target with a team-high 44 receptions. He’s averaging 17.9 yards per catch. Rookie first-round draft pick Percy Harvin is second in receptions with 31, and it’s hard to say if Minnesota would have rolled the dice with him if they had the free-agent pickup.
“You can’t just say one year, ‘Oh, it was a bad decision,’ Houshmandzadeh said. “I feel like I can play a long time because I feel good. I haven’t played a lot of football early in my career. Knock on wood, I’ve never had a major injury. So I feel I (can) play for a lot more years to come”
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