Raiders' new quarterback Carson Palmer will be joined in Oakland by one of his favorite targets of seasons past. The Raiders worked out his offseason practice partner TJ Houshmandzadeh and wasted no time in signing him.
Houshmandzadeh was a Pro Bowler in 2007 when he caught 1143 yards in passes from Palmer. He also had over 900 yards receiving five straight seasons from 2004 to 2008. He was not re-signed by the Bengals after the 2008 season despite catching 92 passes for 904 yards that season. The Seahawks signed him that offseason and he put up similar numbers in his one season there.
Last season he played for the Ravens and his production was the worst it had been since his rookie season in 2001. He started just two games in Baltimore and caught 30 passes for 398 yards.
He returns to catch passes from the man who threw him over 500 passes in his career. Palmer has spent the past two weeks acclimating to his new teammates and having a very familiar face among the receivers will certainly help that transition.
The move gives the Raiders seven receivers on the team. The Raiders have yet to announce who will be cut to make room for Houshmandzadeh. Derek Hagan is the low man on the wide receiver totem pole but that doesn't necessarily mean he will be out. The team could very well opt to keep seven receivers especially since two of them return kicks.
UPDATE: The Raiders have released WR Derek Hagan to make room for Houshmandzadeh on the roster.
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Just got back from Hawaii, and I read that the Raiders signed Housh....AWESOME!!!! Hue is really taking us in the right direction and I think this signing will help Palmer's transition and give the Raiders another great weapon. The Raider passing attack is going to cause a lot of panic in opposing secondary's.
With Hagan out waived and CJ on IR (per Gutierrez) who is coming in as the last part of the 53? A D-Lineman or Hurd for the O-line?
time to roll. our receivers are young, but the time is for the taking now! he can teach them how to run routes and be a safety valve for carson, a familiar face. people on other raider sites said we should go after dwayne bowe to help out russell, so why not help out carson? p[us the key to our success brides on the legs (or should i say foot) of dmac.
@LeviDamien --Gotta wonder if Al would approve?Has this team become Hue's team?
yea i just hope he doesn't take away reps for the young guys. Hue also needs to get BOSS more involved as well ... two reliable, big targets is what the doctor ordered for Boss. my bet is that starts happening while DHB/Murphy/Moore stretches the secondary.
Boss has been hurt most of the year. @DARKKUSH
Sorry not boss, schilens. @DARKKUSH
Come on now, hes been here almost 5 years and has had 5 good games. Enough is enough the guy has been sucking a giant hole in the raiders roster for long enough. If he could return punts or kicks or played special teams it would be different maybe but he does nothing. @DARKKUSH
@MarkACobbs he's been in the last 5 games... he was hurt for the first 3... still doesn't explain why he doesn't catch more balls.