The Seattle Seahawks will have a press conference today at 11 a.m. presumably to announce the signing of T.J. Houshmandzadeh. I’ll post reactions from the press conference soon after along with the full transcript.
From Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, T.J. Houshmandzadeh told Sports Illustrated’s Dan Patrick that he is scheduled to get an MRI on an unspecified area of his body while in Seattle, but assured Patrick that he’s not injured and the MRI is just a formality. It could be part of the overall check by the Seahawks on Housch, but you never know.
With Houshmandzadeh now in the fold, the Seahawks boast a dangerous receiving package with Deion Branch, Nate Burleson and John Carlson.
The TNT’s Dave Boling points out that 51 of Houshmandzadeh’s 92 catches were first-down conversions last season. Seattle’s top receiver in 2008, Bobby Engram, had 47 total catches.
Houshmandzadeh tells Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Joe Reedy that it wasn’t an easy decision to leave the Bengals, but Seattle showed the most interest from the beginning of the process.
He shares similar thoughts with Geoff Hobson of begnals.com.
St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter Sean Jensen offers a Minnesota perspective on the Houshmandzadeh deal.
Pro Sports Weekly weighs in on Seattle’s pickup.
KJR’s Hugh Millen and Dave "Softy Mahler talk about the Seahawks moves in this audio link.
San Francisco 49ers
Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner gets the star treatment in his visit with the 49ers, according to John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat says Kurt and wife Brenda left San Francisco on a late-night flight. Maiocco does not know what Warner was offered by the 49ers, but believes it might be more in line with the $14 million a year he’s asking for. The Cardinals are offering $10 million per season.
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News says San Francisco signing Kurt Warner goes against the norm for the 49ers.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic weighs in on Warner’s trip to San Francisco, and the effects it will have on his negotiations with the Cardinals.
More Somers: While Warner was in the Bay Area, the Cardinals hosted unrestricted free agents Steelers cornerback Bryant McFadden and Patriots running back LaMont Jordan, along with restricted free agent Packers fullback John Kuhn.
The Cardinals also signed safety Keith Lewis. And punter Ben Graham and quarterback Brian St. Pierre were re-signed.
St. Louis Rams
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports the Rams held onto cornerback Ron Bartell, signing him to a four-year, $28 million deal with $13 million guaranteed.
More Thomas: Veterans Torry Holt and Orlando Pace remain with the team for now.