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Raiders sign WR Houshmandzadeh

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The Raiders have reached an agreement with veteran wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the team announced on its Twitter account.

Houshmandzadeh was scheduled to work out with the Raiders on Tuesday, and coach Hue Jackson apparently liked what he saw, enough to put a deal in place for the veteran minimum salary prorated over the remainder of the season. The deal will pay Houshmandzadeh approximately $500,000 for the final nine games.

Jackson was the Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers coach when Houshmandzadeh, 34, had some of his biggest seasons. He played the last two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens, respectively. He excels as a slot receiver and gives quarterback Carson Palmer, who also played with the Bengals, a familiar target.

The Raiders must cut a player to accomodate Housmandzadeh, with fullback Manase Tonga a potential candidate, assuming regular starter Marcel Reece has returned to health and is able to play against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Houshmandzadeh will wear No. 84 for the Raiders. He is expected to be on the practice field Wednesday, the next time the Raiders assemble.

It’s unclear whether Houshmandzadeh will be ready in time for the Broncos game. He hasn’t played in a game since Jan. 15, when the Ravens were eliminated from the AFC Playoffs. He had four receptions for 66 yards in the Ravens two playoff games.

It’s worth noting that Jackson played linebacker Aaron Curry after only one practice with the Raiders and Palmer after only three practices. Houshmandzadeh will get in three practices before the Broncos game.

Houshmandzadeh caught 241 passes for 3,105 yards and 20 touhdowns from 2004-06, when Jackson was the Bengals receivers coach.

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  • mcfadden20.

    John Jarndyce Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I predict at least one defensive TD this week. Going to be exciting since I am attending my first home Raider game.

    ————————

    You will really enjoy it man, last year i attended mine first too, i didn’t know what to expect first, but man it was off the hook experience…

  • Just Fire Baby

    Heard Elway talk about him on Sirius a couple of weeks ago. Didn’t sound disappointed in him to me. Freak of nature size/speed guy. Had a big catch that was instrumental in their comeback win over the Dolphins. Big-time injury guy though.

    ************************

    He had some twitter issues in the offseason, work ethic has been in question, drops passes all the time, and had 3 fumbles last year in all of 20 catches.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Just recalled that we could have taken Calvin Johnson in the draft. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    MM34, man is that kid hyped up or what? Teblow would run over his second string az.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Raider – 27 – donks 17

    Tebow played pretty well against us last season in his first start I believe. Will not be an easy win especially with Palmer still trying to work out the kinks. DVD gets another pick. Takes it to the house this time.

  • TJ can help this team on Sunday. I’m in, and he can draw LB’s and free up pressure on our WR’s. He is proven and has good hands, will get the job done, maybe slower, but steady. I think at this stage of the season, it is a good reasonable pickup to help this team.

  • mcfadden20.

    CJ Legend 34 Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Just recalled that we could have taken Calvin Johnson in the draft. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    ________________________

    Alot of teams are recalling they had taken Jerry Rice in whatever year he was in draft…

  • J Hill

    cutting him over Schilens or Gordon makes zero sense.

    ——————————————————

    Gordon is our best blocking TE. Good enough that Jackson and Saunders had him as our goalline FB.

    Schillen’s has been described as our best WR for the past few years, and is healthy.

    Can’t cut either of those guys.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    If this were any team other than the Timmy T led Donkeys, I’d worry.

    Bush will go for 100+ on Sunday if DMac can’t go. Just run him right at Von Miller. Miller’s a great pass rusher, but remember that John Fox actually benched his this season for a part of a game because his run defense was so poor.

    Would rather let McFadden sit it out & not have to rebound in 4 days to play the Dischargers on Thursday.

  • mcfadden20.

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • DMAC

    Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 10:39 am

    MM34, man is that kid hyped up or what? Teblow would run over his second string az.
    ========

    Let’s bet a slim jim Macho!
    That won’t happen!

  • Mcfadden20. Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 10:38 am
    John Jarndyce Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I predict at least one defensive TD this week. Going to be exciting since I am attending my first home Raider game.

    ————————

    You will really enjoy it man, last year i attended mine first too, i didn’t know what to expect first, but man it was off the hook experience…
    ——
    Good to know!

  • Last year the Raiders had their bye @ an opportune time; on a roll. They never recouped the momentum.

    This time aroudn they’ve had an extended time to dwell on the bad taste in their collective mouths. Plus the national press has been accentuating on Tebow & not a team tettering on the edge of respectability.

    I think regardless of the personnel the Raiders come out with a vengence & throttle the Donks. Unless DMAC, a renouned slow healer miraciously detracts from norm prevailing wisdom would be to hold him out the four additional days up to the (Dis)Chargers game.

    Raiders 31 Donks 10

  • mcfadden20.

    Let mcfadden rest on THursday too , we can take out chargers without mcfadden too

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Schillen’s has been described as our best WR for the past few years, and is healthy.

    ++++++++

    May have been true the past couple years, but not anymore. He’s caught all of 6 passes this season.

    Chaz has run his course here.

    As for Gordon, then they should’ve let Ausberry go. Again, they could’ve got him through waivers without trouble.

  • DMAC

    J Hill Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 10:40 am

    cutting him over Schilens or Gordon makes zero sense.

    ——————————————————

    Gordon is our best blocking TE. Good enough that Jackson and Saunders had him as our goalline FB.

    Schillen’s has been described as our best WR for the past few years, and is healthy.

    Can’t cut either of those guys.
    =======
    Myers should of gotten the ax!

  • realtruraider

    Jerry would do the same bull schit all the time.
    + word on the street is he’s always been a Whiner fan
    =====================================================
    Really? Jer grew up going to Raider games. Corky is the 49er fan. He told on himself when he said that his kids are 49er fans.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Miller’s a great pass rusher, but remember that John Fox actually benched his this season for a part of a game because his run defense was so poor.

    *****************************

    For missed assignments in the Chargers game.

    Guy is already one of the best pass-rushers in the league.

  • DMAC

    I know Cork is a whiner fan. He would always write articles in the Oakland Tribune talking schit about the Raiders. Jerry’s also a whiner fan.

  • mcfadden20.

    DMAC Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I know Cork is a whiner fan. He would always write articles in the Oakland Tribune talking schit about the Raiders. Jerry’s also a whiner fan.

    —————–
    True……

  • Just Fire Baby

    My uncle used to live about 3 houses down from Jerry’s dad (RIP Mr. Mcdonald).

    That whole family, including Jerry, is die-hard Raider fans.

  • ghostraiders

    Chaz bonos. . Scholarship went out the door…. when the great al davis passed away…

  • DMAC

    According to Steve Corkran of the Oakland Tribune, it’s “looking more and more like” Darren McFadden (foot) will be held out of the Raiders’ Week 9 game against the Broncos.
    Michael Bush is poised for his first start of the season. Rookie Taiwan Jones would be Oakland’s change-of-pace back in that scenario. Mid-foot sprains are often multi-week injuries, so we really shouldn’t be surprised that DMC would have to miss one game. Fantasy owners need to sit tight end hope McFadden heals in time for Week 10 or 11. Bush will be a top-15 running back play this week.
    Related: Michael Bush, Taiwan Jones
    Source: Steve Corkran on Twitter

  • LA to TheBay

    J Hill Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 10:32 am
    DonManoukiansNeighbor Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Hagan was probably the only WR Mark Davis would sign off on dropping.

    —————————————————–

    Finally, someone else acknowledging that Hue actually HAS TO GET APPROVAL from someone.

    Mark Davis has to sign off on everything. PRetty sure he is consulting AT LEAST Trask, if not some football guy HE trusts.

    ————–

    Lies. Hue is hijacking the team. He is going ROGUE and is drunk on power.

    He is making an earth-shattering major blockbuster move here.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 10:33 am

    My prediction: Oak 27 Denv 24.
    Palmer throws 3 TDs, Tiblow runs wild on ChukyB’s POS defense.
    ========
    T-bone will meet MM!

    Actually, I think they’ll have Curry spy on Teblow. He sucks in pass coverage anyway, so whenever he drops back in passing mode, Curry owns moving side to side on the LOS to make sure that he meets him there (hard!) if he tries to run it.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Raiders 27

    Broncos 3

  • No Mas Diamante

    I would start Jones and bring Bush in as a change of pace back – his usual role.

  • ghostraiders

    Mcf20…. I like your confidence bro… but I think it will be hard enough beating a angry broncos team at home let alone a good charger team away without McFadden. .

  • The Big Banana

    Crap! DMAC, You told me you’d be ready to go this Sunday. What gives?

  • The Big Banana

    ghostraiders Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Mcf20…. I like your confidence bro… but I think it will be hard enough beating a angry broncos team at home let alone a good charger team away without McFadden. .

    ___________________________________________

    McFadden is our offense. And Palmer is still in training camp. So, yes Ghost, I think this game may be more difficult than people would like to admit if DMAC isn’t ready.

    If Palmer does well this weekend, I will be very impressed. Otherwise, this guy’s still going through the paces and won’t be ready to really let it fly for another week or two.

  • The Judge

    I think dropping Hagen for TJ was a good move!

    Now hear me out.

    I really liked Hagen AND I believe Hagen to be a better wr than TJ at this point.

    So, why is it a good move?

    For whatever reason, Hagen fell out of favor with Baby Huey. SO, as a WR, he is almost useless to us. Coach was hardly ever going to use him. NOW what we have is a wr that both coach and qb KNOW AND TRUST. That is gold! TJ will be used AND for Palmer to have someone he is familiar with. 4 years of familiar. 4 years of trust. That could mean the difference between not making the playoffs and making the playoffs.

    Once a player falls out of favor with coach he is dead weight. Might as well get rid of the broken part for a moving part.

    jmho

  • Blackmamba_20

    Morning fam, yol whatzzzzz up mcfadden20 i was watching finals vs boston last night game 3 when fish carries us on his back..schits bringing tears to my eyes…Epic

    Anyway, who ever lines up sunday i be screaming for , at , with to get the win S&B the only place this snake want to be…

  • qodrn

    THE RAIDER PREDICTION BOARD
    Dedicated to the legacy of Al Davis
    Protected by the rally squirrel and Coliseum rodents

    First: Ghostraider (exact score)
    Second: Sullivan44
    Third: Pretty Rick
    Fourth: Sullivan44
    Fifth: Fingers
    Sixth: Zymurge Raiders 23, Browns 17
    Honorable Mention: LA for PAIN
    Seventh: Noone…at all.

    8RaiderReign8 Raiders 31 Broncos 6
    860Todd Christensen Raiders 38 Donks 9
    Blackmamba_20 Raiders 31 Denver 13
    Cole Ford Raiders 20….Broncos 7
    DeuceDeuce Raiders 31 Broncos 20
    DonManoukiansNeighbor Raiders 21 Tebones 10
    downsouthraider Raiders 31 Donkeys 10
    DeuceDeuce Raiders 31 Broncos 20
    DMAC Raiders 31 Donkies 3
    exlaraiderseasonticketholder Raiders 34 Donkeys 17
    fingers Raiders..35….. Donks 13….
    GG Raiders 41 Broncos 13
    ghostraiders Raiders 27. Broncos 17
    John Jarndyce Raiders 24, Broncos 10
    Lowdown_in_Beijing Raiders 27 Broncos 3
    Macho Man Randy Savage Oak 27 Denv 24.
    mcfadden20. 39-13 Raiders
    Mum-O-killowe Raiders 38 Donks 9
    PlunkforHOF My beloved Oakland Raiders: 27
    Horse-Faced Crybabys: 3
    r8dercain Raiders 28 Broncos 13
    Raiders_83 Raiders 35 Donkeys 13
    RaiderRetribution Raiders 35 Denver 0!
    RaiderRockstar Raiders 24 Horse Humpers 13
    RedneckRaider Raiders 31 Broncos 6
    saladfingerz raiders 34 burritos 3
    SilverAndBlackBleeder Raiders 33 Broncos 10
    Slurp Slurp Raiders 40 FartFart 10
    Sullivan44 Raiders 24, Broncos 7
    Zymurge Raiders 41, Donkeys 13