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By PFW staff

The Seahawks will likely cut ties with WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, via a trade or an outright release, this weekend. ESPN's Adam Schefter cited two league sources who indicated that former first-round pick WR Mike Williams will move into the Seahawks' starting lineup.

Houshmandzadeh, 32, caught 79 passes for 911 yards and three touchdowns last season. New head coach Pete Carroll is very high on Williams, a former USC standout. Williams hasn't played in the NFL since 2007 but has been a feel-good story this preseason.

The Seahawks will also count on WR Deion Branch, thus making Houshmandzadeh expendable. They will be on the hook for Houshmandzadeh's $7 million salary if they do not trade him. If he were to be released and another team were to sign Houshmandzadeh and pay him a salary of less than $7 million, the Seahawks would have to make up the difference, according to Schefter. Houshmandzadeh led the NFL with 112 receptions as a Bengal in 2007.

Schefter also reported that the Seahawks are looking at QB Patrick Ramsey.


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