UPDATE: Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that Houshmandzadeh is planning on sticking to his deadline of making his decision this evening, and Judd Zulgad is reporting that it looks like he's staying in town. The limo that brought him to Winter Park earlier has departed, and it appears as though "it is NOT headed down 494 and towards the airport."
Josh at Cincy Jungle has been all over this story all day long. It looks like we're going to pick up the best WR in free agency for the second consecutive off-season. The original post begins below.
Allow me to channel my inner Disney fan for a moment. . .
What a wonderful phrase
One pass-catching craze
He means "big upgrade"
For our offense's plaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay
Is he our big signeeeeeeeeeeee? Quite possibly!
Man alive. . .if Tim Rice was dead, he'd be spinning in his grave at a high enough speed to burrow to the center of the earth.
But apparently Houshmandzadeh is still in Minneapolis. He arrived yesterday after having visited with the Seattle Seahawks, and got the usual trip to dinner with the Vikings' higher muckety mucks. I can only assume this included Zygi Wilf, Brad Childress, Darrell Bevell, a few players, and the proverbial cast of thousands.
I didn't really talk much about Houshmandzadeh in the days leading up to free agency, largely because I didn't thin we had a real shot at him. I just assumed that a team like the Eagles would back an armored truck up to his house, tell him to take what he wants, and that he'd be out of Minnesota's reach. Apparently, however, that hasn't been the case thus far.
According to Pro Football Talk, Houshmandzadeh. . .see, I figure if I type it enough times, it will drill the spelling into my head. . .will be making his decision this evening. The Giants are also thought to be in the running for his services, as are most recent employers, the Cincinnati Bengals. Our friends over at Cincy Jungle, however, seem to think that Houshmandzadeh's decision will find him wearing purple. . .and, as you can see in the linked post, he's not alone in his assessment.
Man. . .I'm downright giddy over here. Signing Houshmandzadeh and the trade for Sage Rosenfels. . .which I'm feeling better about the more I think about it. . .should make the Vikings a much better offensive football team. Yes, Housh is a possession receiver. You know what? The Vikings need that. They got a very good deep threat last year in Bernard Berrian, and Houshmandzadeh could play the underneath complement to that. He's also the kind of guy that Sidney Rice could learn a lot of good stuff from. It would also allow Bobby Wade to move into the #3/slot receiver role, which he's always been the best suited for.
We'll be monitoring the situation from here as best we can. . .and if anything happens, you'll hear all about it right here. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and keep hitting the F5 key for any updates!