Former Seahawks receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh signs with Oakland Raiders | NFL
The Oakland Raiders signed receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh — reuniting him with his former quarterback, Carson Palmer. They were teammates for six seasons in Cincinnati. Houshmandzadeh played for the Seahawks in 2009.
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders signed wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh to a contract Tuesday — reuniting him with his former quarterback, Carson Palmer.
Houshmandzadeh and Palmer were teammates in Cincinnati from 2003 through the 2008 season and both had their greatest success as pros when they were together.
Houshmandzadeh, 34, caught 79 passes for the Seahawks in 2009 and had 30 receptions for Baltimore last season. Although out of the league, he had been working out in Southern California with Palmer before the Raiders (4-3) acquired the quarterback last month.
Houshmandzadeh is also familiar with Raiders coach Hue Jackson, who was the receivers coach in Cincinnati for three seasons during Houshmandzadeh's tenure there.
Houshmandzadeh averaged 89 catches over a five-year span in Cincinnati. His best season was in 2007, when he caught a career-high 112 passes for 1,143 yards and 12 touchdowns.
"He's a guy that made a lot of catches when it was sticky," Jackson said Monday before Houshmandzadeh signed. "With people draped all over him, he made some uncommon plays for us in Cincinnati. That's all I can go by in Cincinnati. I did not coach him in Seattle, I did not coach him in Baltimore. That's why I have to take a great look at the player. It's been awhile."
Jackson apparently liked what he saw in Houshmandzadeh's workout.
Lions' Suh meets
DETROIT — Ndamukong Suh got his wish.
Detroit's defensive tackle met with league commissioner Roger Goodell and staff to clarify questions about his play and the game.
"I have gained a better understanding how I need to continue to play the game to help my team win," Suh said in a statement. "I look forward to the rest of the season and doing everything we can to bring the Lombardi Trophy to Detroit."
Detroit, aiming for its first postseason appearance this century, is 6-2 for the first time since 2007 and next plays Nov. 13 in Chicago.
Suh requested the bye-week session in New York to talk about the penalties and fines he has received. He was joined by Lions coach Jim Schwartz and team president Tom Lewand, according to Goodell.
"In the course of our dialogue today, we reviewed video showing that Ndamukong has clearly made the adjustments to play consistently within the rules so that he can continue to help the team," Goodell said in a statement. "We commend Ndamukong's leadership in taking the initiative to schedule today's meeting."
Ex-Nebraska standout Suh, the second player drafted in 2010, has been fined $42,500 in his career.
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• Wide receiver Brian Robiskie, a second-round draft pick from Ohio State in 2009, was waived by the Cleveland Browns to make room for free-agent running back Thomas Clayton.
Clayton, who played in two games for the Browns and one for New England last season, was brought back by Cleveland because of injuries to running backs Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty.
• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed safety David Sims in an attempt to bolster their depth in the secondary. Sims was in camp with the New York Giants, but was released during the final cuts.
• The Arizona Cardinals re-signed fullback Reagan Maui'a. They released defensive end Ronald Talley but re-signed him to the practice squad.