Source: Vikings did not make trade offer for T.J. Houshmandzadeh
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The Minnesota Vikings might have interest in T.J. Houshmandzadeh at some point, but they aren't interested in trading for him.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Saturday morning that the Vikings, Jets, Chargers and Cardinals have made trade offers for the soon to be 33-year-old receiver.
However, a Seahawks source told 1500ESPN.com the Vikings have not made any offer.
It makes sense. Houshmandzadeh is due $7 million in base salary this season, and his production slipped badly in 2009 (79 catches, 911 yards, three touchdowns) after he signed his megadeal with Seattle. His contract also includes base salaries of $8 million in 2011, $8.5 million in 2012 and $9 million in 2013.
If anything, the Vikings would wait for the Seahawks to cut Houshmandzadeh and then explore signing him to a much less expensive deal. But there are no signs yet they intend to look at that option either, despite their issues at receiver and their interest in Houshmandzadeh when he entered free agency 18 months ago.
UPDATE, 12:58 p.m.; FoxSports.com's Jay Glazer reports Houshmandzadeh has been released.