Raiders sign T.J. Houshmandzadeh

November 2, 2011, 12:22 am
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The Raiders have signed veteran wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who was a primary target of Carson Palmer's when the pair played for the Bengals.

The team announced the deal on its Twitter feed Tuesday afternoon. No financial terms were disclosed.

Houshmandzadeh is a 10-year NFL veteran with 616 career catches for 7,091 yards for 43 touchdowns.

Houshmandzadeh, 34, last played in the NFL with Baltimore in 2010. He caught 30 passes for 398 yards the second lowest totals of his career and three touchdowns for the Ravens last season.

Houshmandzadeh had at least 900 receiving yards in six of nine NFL seasons. His best campaign came in 2007, when his 112 catches tied with New England's Wes Welker for the most in the NFL. That year he caught 12 TDs and recorded 1,143 receiving yards, earning him a trip to the Pro Bowl.

He produced what remains is signature game that year against Seattle -- 141 yards on 12 receptions and one touchdown.

The Seahawks signed him to a five-year 40 million contract with 15 million guaranteed in March 2009 but released him in September 2010.

Days later he agreed to a one-year deal with Baltimore for the veteran league minimum of 895,000 but the Ravens did not re-sign him and he became a free agent at the end of last year.

Houshmandzadeh and Palmer worked out together in Southern California prior to Palmer signing with the Raiders last month.