Housh now questions his decision

T.J. Houshmandzadeh admits that signing with Seattle over Minnesota "doesn't look like the best decision." The Seattle receiver was courted by Minnesota during free agency but chose the Seahawks and QB Matt Hasselbeck.

If only Seattle Seahawks receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh could have peered into a crystal ball to take a look at his future.

Had he had the opportunity to look forward, the talented, 32-year-old receiver might have chosen differently when he became a free agent during the offseason.

Houshmandzadeh had three main suitors courting him – Seattle, Minnesota and his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals.

Minnesota is 8-1 and leading the NFC North. The Bengals are 7-2 and atop the AFC North.

And the team Houshmandzadeh signed a five-year, $40 million deal with is 3-6, and on the outside looking in regarding the playoffs for a second straight season.

Any regrets?

"As of right now, it doesn't look like it was the best decision," Houshmandzadeh said. "But it's very early in the process, you know. I feel like I can play a lot more years, you know. I feel great, and so you can't just say one year, ‘Oh it was a bad decision.' 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 like I can play a lot more years to come so ask me that in some more years and we'll get an answer."

Houshmandzadeh said all three teams offered about the same amount of money, and his decision ultimately came down to choosing between Minnesota and Seattle. He chose the Seahawks because he felt the quarterback situation was better with Matt Hasselbeck at the helm.

But he signed before the Vikings finally coaxed Brett Favre out of retirement. His decision might have been different had he known Favre would wind up in Minnesota. The Seahawks travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings on Sunday.

"Had he been there I don't know what would have happened," he 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."

Hasselbeck is pleased Favre wasn't with Minnesota at the time Houshmandzadeh was looking for future employment.

"I'm just glad Brett didn't come out of retirement around that time because he just probably would have picked Brett," Hasselbeck told Minnesota reporters in a conference call on Wednesday.

Even though Seattle has not won as much as he would have liked, Houshmandzadeh has been productive, totaling 50 catches for 582 yards, for an 11.6 yards-per-catch average. He also has three touchdowns on the year.

"It's just one of those things," he said. "You've got to make a decision and you make the most of it. It's not going the way I would have liked, and the way I thought it would. But we'll see what happens."

SERIES HISTORY: 11th regular-season meeting. Seahawks lead the series, 6-4. The two teams have split the last four games, with Minnesota winning the last contest 31-13 on Oct. 22, 2006.

BY THE NUMBERS: 0 — The number of sacks Seattle had against Arizona last week, as the Seahawks struggled to get pressure on Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner.

48 — The number penalties Seattle has on the season, the third least in the NFL.

34 — The number of sacks Minnesota's defense has, which leads the NFL.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't really want to show them what I'm made of or anything like that. I definitely want to go out there and have a good game. I would love to get few people to stand up and clap for me, look in the crowd and hopefully see an 81 jersey up there. They gave me my first chance to play in the NFL, and I will forever be grateful for that." — Seahawks wide receiver Nate Burleson on returning to Minnesota, where he began his NFL career.

NOTES

  • The Seahawks made a minor roster move this week, releasing running back Devin Moore from the practice squad and using the roster spot to add running back Xavier Omon. The 5-11, 220-pound Omon is a Northwest Missouri State product who was drafted in the sixth round by the Buffalo Bills last season. He appeared in five games this season for Buffalo before being released last week. The Seahawks are hoping Omon is a big back who can move the pile in short-yardage situations.

  • CB Josh Wilson suffered a concussion while making a tackle against Arizona and sat out of practice on Wednesday.

  • CB Marcus Trufant (concussion) did not participate in practice on Wednesday but is still expected to play against Minnesota on Sunday.

  • DT Craig Terrill injured his shoulder in the Arizona game and did not practice on Wednesday.

  • C Chris Spencer (thumb), who's been snapping with his opposite (left) hand, was a full participant in practice.


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