Houshmandzadeh eyes Vikings

February 27th, 2009 – 12:44 AM by Judd Zulgad

It seems like a big-time long shot that wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh ends up with the Vikings but he certainly created some excitement tonight among the Purple faithful with his appearance on ESPN.

Said Houshmandzadeh: “I’m looking at teams I think have good coaches and good offensive lines and good running games. I have no idea if those teams are interested in me. If I can play with Adrian Peterson, can you imagine what I would do getting one-on-one coverage with Adrian Peterson? I am going to win 98.6 percent of the time with one-on-one coverage with him in the backfield.”

This might be true but Houshmandzadeh is reportedly looking for a deal of upwards of $10 million per season. That would be a major investment in the receiver position considering the Vikings gave Bernard Berrian a six-year, $42 million contract that included $16 million guaranteed last March.

A call to Houshmandzadeh’s agent was not immediately returned. We’ll give Kennard McGuire a pass since we’re guessing he was plenty busy into the early morning hours. As many as eight teams are expected to make a run at Houshmandzadeh.

By the way, Chip just confirmed that Nate Washington, a receiver in whom the Vikings are interested, will be visiting with the Detroit Lions today. Washington is likely going to be looking for between $7 and $8 million guaranteed.


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