A look at Houshmandzadeh’s career

I guess the Ravens really aren’t messing around with this season.

With news breaking today that T.J. Houshmandzadeh is coming to Baltimore the Ravens have now added another big weapon to their offensive arsenal. The defense won’t know whom to cover out there.

Houshmandzadeh, 32, was released after a year where he caught 79 passes for 911 yards and three touchdowns for the Seattle Seahawks. It looks like he’ll move into the Raven No. 3 spot behind Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason.

Remember when the Ravens had wide receiver issues?

Houshmandzadeh was born on September 26, 1977 in Victorville, CA where he attended Barstow High School. He started his college career at Cerritos College, a junior college in CA. While with the Cerrito Falcons from 1997-98, Houshmandzadeh was a two-time First Team Mission Conference selection as a wide receiver and kickoff returner, while also earning First Team honors as a punt returner his freshman year. He left Cerritos College ranking second in most career receiving yards (1,152), while his 65 career receptions are fourth in school history.

After junior college, Houshmandzadeh moved on to Oregon State University where he played alongside his now former teammate Chad Ochocinco. The duo eventually would lead the Ducks to an 11-1 season with a victory over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl in 2000. They would eventually be taken in the same draft together in 2001 and also debut together on the Bengals that year.

In his 10-season pro career, Houshmandzadeh has 586 receptions for 6,693 yards and 40 TD’s. He was at his best in 2007 where he totaled 1,143 yards on 112 receptions while hauling in 12 TD’s in a season that would earn him his first Pro Bowl nod. The 112 catches also broke a Bengals’ franchise record for most in a season.

Since we didn’t get to see much of him last season, here’s a highlight video of his time with the Bengals