Report: Pats to work out Houshmandzadeh, Sharper


Report: Pats to work out Houshmandzadeh, Sharper

By Phil Perry

According to multiple reports, free agent wideout T.J. Houshmandzadeh will visit Foxboro on Monday for a workout with the Patriots.

The Patriots will also work out free agent safeties Darren Sharper and Renaldo Hill, according to SportsXchange.

In 2009 Sharper made nine interceptions and helped lead the Saints to a Super Bowl championship. Last season he played in eight games after undergoing microfracture surgery on his knee.

Houshmandzadeh is coming off of a disappointing season with the Ravens in 2010, his tenth season in the NFL, when he caught 30 balls for 398 yards and three touchdowns.

The 33-year-old had his best years in Cincinnati playing alongside new Patriots wideout and former Bengal Chad Ochocinco. Houshmandzadeh's career year came in 2007 when he tied with Wes Welker for the league lead in receptions (112).

He left Cincinnati in 2009 to sign with the Seahawks where he made 79 catches for 911 yards and three touchdowns.

The connection between Ochocinco and Houshmandzadeh runs deeper than their years together in Cincinnati. The two played together at Oregon State and were drafted by the Bengals in 2001.

It will be interesting to see if the Patriots, who already have wide receiver depth, keep Houshmandzadeh around. It's likely just the Patriots doing their due diligence, but perhaps they're hoping he will bring out the best in Ochocinco. With Houshmandzadeh as a teammate, Ochocinco (who until 2008 was officially known as Chad Johnson) made five Pro Bowls, was named an All-Pro four times, and set several Bengals franchise records.

Ochocinco also made the Pro Bowl in 2009, the year Houshmandzadeh left Cincinnati for Seattle as a free agent.

Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'


Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

Even for some of the nation's top athletes, confident 20-somethings with the rest of their (perhaps very lucrative) lives ahead of them, there's a feeling you just can't shake when Bill Belichick walks into the room. 

"When you first meet him, you're scared," said Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, per WBZ. "He's quizzing you. It's like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it's pretty cool. They're real down to earth people. Really cool."

Belichick was spotted at Ohio State's pro day getting a closer look at McMillan and his teammates on Thursday. He then headed off to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines showcase Friday.

During various scouting trips across the country, the Patriots appear to be showing significant interest in the incoming class of linebackers. Belichick spent some extra time with Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham -- who's projected to be a first-rounder -- at his pro day. The team reportedly scheduled a meeting with a speedy linebacker from Cincinnati. And Matt Patricia caught up with Notre Dame linebacker James Onwualu once his workouts finished up on Thursday. 

As for McMillan, the 6-2, 240-pounder was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten choice. He's instinctive, but there's some question as to whether or not he has the strength to hold up inside at the next level.

PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial


PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

Tom E. Curran has Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports as a guest to discuss the Aaron Hernandez double homicide trial. Wetzel has been in the courtroom, and wrote this piece about the day Hernandez’s former friend Alexander Bradley testified in court. 

After speaking with Wetzel, Curran has Tim Rohan of on to discuss his day with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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