Houshmandzadeh, Briggs talk it up
"I didn't think it was a big deal, but hey, if they want to make it a big deal I'm fine with it," Houshmandzadeh said on the "Waddle & Silvy" show on ESPN 1000.
The Bears play in Seattle on Sunday.
During a teleconference with the Chicago media on Wednesday, Houshmandzadeh -- who was a free agent this summer -- talked about how he wasn't pursued by Bears general manager Jerry Angelo.
"Jerry Angelo probably didn't think I could play, so I'm going to show him Sunday," Houshmandzadeh said Wednesday. "I didn't hear from Chicago, I don't think my agent did, I know I didn't.
"It is what it is, they got good receivers there. Devin Hester is going to develop into a pretty good receiver. He has great quickness, great lateral movement, great speed, great hand-eye coordination. So, he should be able to develop into a pretty good receiver, if he has the coaching and they open up the pass game for him."
Bears linebacker Lance Briggs responded on Thursday.
"Sounds like a bitter guy," Briggs said. "If he's going to show what he's going to do on Sunday, tell you what, so are we, so am I. I've been playing against T.J. since college, so I know what type of competitor he is, the guy can play."
Houshmandzadeh denied that he's bitter about not going to the Bears, and he took a jab back at Briggs, who was upset in 2007 that he was designated with a franchise tag and wanted out of Chicago.
"That ain't the case [that he's bitter]," Houshmandzadeh said. "Lance didn't want to be in Chicago at one point.
"Hey, you know what, though, Lance is a good player. When you watch Lance on tape, man he's a beast. He knows it. He can say what he wants to say if he plays like that."
Houshmandzadeh went on to praise the Bears' secondary and quarterback Jay Cutler.
"I can't do too much talking, because I haven't had the ball thrown my way much this year," Houshmandzadeh said. "So you have to get the ball before you can talk."
"I'm anxious to find out myself," he said. "You know, when you have a fractured rib, you wait to the end of the week to see if you can go."
"It depends on your pain tolerance," Houshmandzadeh said when asked if it might be better for Hasselbeck to sit out. "If you can tolerate it, you can play with it. Some guys have a high level of pain tolerance and some don't. So we'll see where Matt fits in."
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