Former NFL scout Russ Lande, writing for the Sporting News, gives Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck the best grade yet in his evaluations of the top quarterbacks that could be available once free agency begins.
Lande believes that Hasselbeck is the top option available, but is somewhat overlooked because he plays in Seattle. He says Hasselbeck would be a good fit for Arizona, Miami, Buffalo and Washington. And for teams that drafted a young QB for the future (San Francisco, Tennessee or Minnesota), Hasselbeck would make a good mentor.
“Hasselbeck is a high-end QB who has not received much national recognition due to playing in Seattle. When I evaluated him on film, it was clear he is better than many other well-known quarterbacks. He is fundamentally sound, which helps him to be very efficient. Hasselbeck is able to move defenders around with ease and can make quick, accurate throws in all situations.”
ESPN’s John Clayton lists Seattle re-signing Hasselbeck as one of his top 10 deals that needs to get done once free agency begins.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune takes a look at Seahawks owner Paul Allen’s new book, “Idea Man.” Boling focuses on the few chapters in which Allen explains how his love of sports influenced his decision to purchase the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seahawks.
Steve Wyche of the NFL Network checks in with Alabama offensive tackle James Carpenter, who’s working out with about two dozen NFL players at Competitive Edge Sports in Atlanta. Carpenter said teammate Marcell Dareus was the best player he played against in College.
ESPN’s Mike Sando argues that the Seahawks will take the biggest fall among last year’s playoff teams in 2011. It’s hard to argue against that, considering Seattle’s uncertainty at quarterback and a tougher schedule.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com offers a nice read on former Seahawks center Robbie Tobeck. The Washington State product was selected as center of Seattle’s 35th anniversary team.
Seattle linebacker Aaron Curry and wife Jamila had their second child this morning, another boy, Matthew Zion Curry (check out a picture here). Congratulations. The couple’s first child is named Maxwell.
Danny Kelly of Fieldgulls interviews Seahawks rookie receiver Kris Durham.
Albert Breer of the NFL Network talks to Bengals owner Mike Brown, who again says that quarterback Carson Palmer will remain a Bengal or retire.
This year’s rookie symposium has been cancelled because of the lockout, but former player Matt Bowen, writing for the National Football Post, believes that a majority of rookies did not get much out of the three-day even in the past because they view it as a chore and did not want to be there.