O'Neil: Veterans To Keep An Eye On As Cut Deadline Approaches

With the final preseason game a day away, and the roster deadline looming, Seattle Times reporter Danny O’Neil takes a look at some veterans to keep an eye in tomorrow's exhibition against the Oakland Raiders.

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh: He is the most high profile, a player who led the Seahawks in catches last season with 79 and has caught 373 passes over the previous four seasons. He is scheduled to earn $7 million for 2010, a salary that is guaranteed.

On Monday on ESPN 710 AM, his future was discussed, and Brock Huard pointed out the possibility that he might not fit, he is ideally a slot receiver and if he doesn’t buy into that role, would Seattle consider moving on? Huard did not say Seattle would nor did he advocate that the Seahawks should. He pointed out it is a consideration.

The whispers about Houshmandzadeh’s role with the team have been growing louder in the last week, with some wondering if he will be a casualty in the final round of cuts. It still would be shocking, to say the least, if the Hawks do cut the veteran receiver on Saturday.

Others O’Neil points out: Julius Jones, Owen Schmitt, and Jordan Babineaux. With Thursday the final chance for players to make their mark in a game-situation, expect to see plenty of guys fighting for a spot on the 53-man roster against the Raiders.

For more on the Seahawks, check out SB Nation’s Field Gulls.

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