This year I’ve made a concerted effort to try and break people out of their ways of falling in love with “names” of players. What I mean by this is that is that so often a big name player is cut or has been sitting out on free agency with no team willing to sign them, fans of every team either email, tweet, or call me and say “Jayson, we should go get ______, he could fix the problem”.
We all know the Terrell Owens saga and I’ve been asked from almost every fan base if they will add the 37 year old head case coming off a serious injury & surgery. Leigh Bodden was cut by the New England Patriots in year two of a contract where he was highly coveted. Not to mention that the Patriots are ranked 32nd in pass defense and just placed rookie cornerback Ras-I Dowling on IR. I’m not saying not to sign Bodden to a veteran minimum after he clears waivers, but people are suggesting that teams claim him and take the contract off the Patriots hands. That’s crazy! This list goes on and on. Lofa Tatupu is available and I was told that such and such team is moronic for not signing him months ago. Tatapu was a great player at one time but there’s a reason no team has come calling this year.
I think I’ve made my feelings known about Carson Palmer and what the Oakland Raiders gave up for him. That’s who the Raiders are now, they no different than the fanatics that want to pick up every “name” out there. It was Oakland that traded for Aaron Curry, the former top 5 draft choice of Seattle. Oakland signed Lito Sheppard and Carson Palmer. Today the Raiders are giving a tryout to 34-year old T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who hasn’t played this season after spending 2010 in Baltimore.
Palmer practiced with Houshmandzadeh while waiting to be traded by the Bengals this season. Houshmandzadeh is coming off his worst season since his rookie campaign of 2001. He caught just 30 passes for 398 yards for Baltimore last year (the second lowest totals of his career) with three touchdowns. Houshmandzadeh had at least 900 receiving yards in six of nine NFL seasons. The last was in 2009, when he had 911 receiving yards for the Seahawks.
“I get the opportunity to see him, see him up close and personal, and go from there,” said head coach Hue Jackson. “If I can find a player who kind of knows our system and has been around, I think it buoys everybody else,” Jackson added.
Is there any doubt that Oakland will sign Carson’s buddy and make a bad situation worse? Someone please text Hue Jackson and let him know that no one claimed Leigh Bodden. He’ll look good in Silver & Black later this week. The only benefit that adding Housh to a NFL team will provide, is that we can run old episodes of the famous T.J.
Jackson worked with Carson and T.J. in Cincinnati and it looks like they’re getting the band back together. Geeze Hue, why not just trade your last two remaining picks in the 2012 draft to New England for Chad Johnson?
Jayson Braddock is an NFL Scout / NFL Writer & On-Air Personality. Jayson is also a football insider for the Dylan Gwinn show on 790 AM in Houston, TX - Listeners NOT in the Houston metropolitan area can hear Jayson on iheart radio or sports790.com. You can also catch Jayson on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio with Scott Engel and the morning crew every Thursday at 10:30am ET. You may email Jayson directly @ firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @JaysonBraddock