As the offseason begins, Gang Green Nation will take a look at potential ways to improve the club. Today we will explore signing T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
Profile: The 31 year old teamed with future pro teammate Chad Johnson at Oregon State to lead the Beavers to a Fiesta Bowl win against Notre Dame in 2001. Both were selected by the Bengals in the Draft that year, where they would form one of the game's elite receiving tandems. His best season came in 2007, when he grabbed 112 balls for 1,143 yards, and 11 touchdowns. T.J. has caught at least 90 passes in each of the last three seasons and amassed over 900 receiving yards in each of the past five. A big possession receiver at 6'1" Houshmandzadeh has gained a reputation as one of the games best route runners and has good hands.
Why It Makes Sense: The Jets are suddenly in the market for a starting wide receiver. Houshmandzadeh is the prototypical possession receiver, a good fit for the Jets' offense, which is built around short, timing routes. Although he is not in the class of his teammate Johnson down the field, he is a far bigger homerun threat than Laveranues Coles ever was.
Odds of Happening: It depends on how much the front office likes David Clowney, Chansi Stuckey, and the class coming in the Draft. Houshmandzadeh makes sense on paper, but there are probably more pressing needs on which the Jets can spend their cap space.