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Nov022011

Raiders Sign Wide Receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh

George Gojkovich/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders already acquired one former Cincinnati Bengal in Carson Palmer, so what's one more? The team has announced the signing of wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh to a one-year deal, to help add a veteran presence to a young Raiders receiving core.

Houshmandzadeh will be reunited with former Bengal and newly acquired quarterback Palmer; the two played together in Cincinnati for six seasons. Houshmandzadeh also reunites with head coach Hue Jackson, who was Houshmandzadeh's receivers coach with the Bengals for three seasons.

The 34-year old Houshmandzadeh has been out of the NFL this season, though he played for Baltimore Ravens just last season. It wasn't that long ago when Houshmandzadeh established himself as one of the better possession receivers in the NFL, after posting back-to-back seasons of over 1,000 receiving yards from 2006-2007. Houshmandzadeh left the Bengals as a free agent after the 2008 season and hasn't been the same receiver since. He signed a 5-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks before the 2009 season but lasted just one season. He then signed with the Ravens but after making just 30 catches for 398 yards, the team decided not to bring him back.

Before Palmer was traded to the Raiders, he was working out and staying in shape in Southern California along with Houshmandzadeh, and it was Palmer who had apparently reccomended that the Bengals sign his former teammate.

Palmer's reccomendation is interesting to note, becasue when he was asked not too long ago if the Raiders should sign free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens, he said the team didn't need another wide receiver. Palmer and Owens were teammates in Cincinnati last season.

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