The Ravens’ already secure receiving situation just received another unexpected boost, as the team signed veteran T.J. Houshmandzadeh to a 1-year deal for the veteran minimum.
Houshmandzadeh, who destroyed the Ravens’ secondary for years in Cincinnati, played 2009 in Seattle. Despite poor quarterback play and very little help from the other WRs on the roster, T.J. caught 79 passes for 911 yards. He is just three seasons removed from his career-best 2007 campaign, when he caught 112 passes for 1,143 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Bengals.
Though it may seem to Ravens fans like he’s been around forever (and often that there were 3-4 of him on the field at a time), Houshmandzadeh is entering just his 10th season, and will turn 33 later this month.
With Anquan Boldin (30 in October), Derrick Mason (36), and Houshmandzadeh, the Ravens will have one of the most veteran wide receiving corps in the NFL. A far cry from recent history, for sure.
Because Housh was cut by Seattle, they are forced to pick up the majority of his contract in 2010. The Ravens basically get another bonafide #1 (maybe 1b at this point in his career) wide receiver. I was personally surprised by the acquisition for the main reason that I assumed Houshmandzadeh probably hated just about every member of the Ravens after their epic battles a few years ago. Housh, though, must see the best chance of winning his first Super Bowl ring here in Baltimore, as opposed to the other teams that the rumor mill had him going to (Washington, Cincinnati).
Some other relevant news to the Ravens’ opening night game: Jets’ cornerback Darrelle Revis finally ended his holdout and signed a contract, so he’ll be on the field Monday September 13. He’s good and all, but he can’t cover Boldin, Houshmandzadeh, and Mason.