OWINGS MILLS — T.J. Houshmandzadeh is embracing his change of scenery with the Baltimore Ravens after officially signing his one-year, $855,000 contract Tuesday.
Cut by the Seattle Seahawks’ new regime led by Pete Carroll one year after signing a five-year, $40 million contract, Houshmandzadeh has gone from a rebuilding franchise to a Super Bowl contender.
“It’s refreshing, man, to go from the situation I was in and come here,” Houshmandzadeh said. “It’s hard to explain because you always want to be optimistic and I’m an optimistic person at times, but it’s hard to be optimistic when you know what you’re going against. I’m coming to play with guys that are similar to me emotionally, the way they play the game and how they love the game. That’s where I need to be.”
The Ravens signed the 2007 Pro Bowl selection after trading wide receiver Mark Clayton to the St. Louis Rams.
Houshmandzadeh, 32, is intent on proving that he has a lot more football left in him after catching 79 passes last season for 911 yards and three touchdowns.
And he wants to prove the Seahawks made a mistake by releasing him last weekend. Seattle still owes him $7 million in guaranteed money for this year.
“You guys will see what I can do,” Houshmandzadeh said. “I kind of got disappointed with what happened in Seattle for real. I know I can play. I know I can get it done.”