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Houshmanzadeh picks Seattle over Vikings, Bengals

RENTON, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks will formally announce the signing of free agent T.J. Houshmanzadeh at an 11 a.m. news conference at the team's headquarters.

The Hawks reached a five-year deal worth $40 million with the receiver who most recently played with the Cincinnati Bengals.  Of that $40 million, $15 of it is guaranteed, according to Seattle newspapers and ESPN.

Houshmanzadeh has been among the most valuable receivers in the league.  Over the past two years, he's hauled in 204 catches.

The Seahawks' move brings up the question: what will happen with Bobby Engram?  There are reports ‘Hawks managers gave No. 84 jerseys to Houshmanzadeh's kids while they visited the city.  Engram also wears No. 84. 

Another question is whether Seattle will still consider drafting Texas Tech superstar Michael Crabtree. 

Houshmanzadeh was being courted not only by Seattle, but also by the Minnesota Vikings.  The Bengals had offered him another contract as well.  In the end, Houshmanzadeh told ESPN that Seattle was "the best choice" for himself.