Waiting on Houshmandzadeh

The T.J. Houshmandzadeh watch continues.

And the rumors are all over the place.

Earlier, we cited reports that said Houshmandzadeh was spending last night in Minnesota and was expected to make a decision between the Vikings, Seahawks and Bengals today.

As it turns out, he actually flew to Los Angeles yesterday evening, according to the Star-Tribune. That's not huge news, but as we saw with Brian Dawkins, it helps when you can get a free agent in town and not let him leave without signing.

As for who's the favorite to land Houshmandzadeh, it appears to be up in the air.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press hears from one NFL executive who says he's heard the Bengals have jumped ahead. But take that for what it's worth.

We'll post later once he makes his decision.

In other news...

** Interesting item passed along by reader Anthony. Erik Boland of Newsday provided some interesting details of the Lito Sheppard trade. The initial terms, at least as I saw them, indicated that the Eagles received a fifth-round pick this year, and a conditional pick in 2010 that could be as high as a second-rounder or as low as a fourth-rounder.

However, Boland indicates that the Jets could also receive the Eagles' fifth-round pick in 2010. And a source tells him it is "very unlikely" that the Eagles would receive a second-rounder. I have not been able to confirm this in any other reports, but if I see anything from The Inquirer or Daily News, I'll be sure to update it.

** Finally, apologies to the National Football Post. In Saturday's item about Derrick Ward, I wrote that they, along with The Denver Post, reported that the Giants running back had visited Philadelphia. The National Football Post actually just wrote that the Eagles were expressing interest. The report said nothing about an actual visit.