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Morning links: Hasselbeck top free agent QB?

Post by Eric Williams on May 24, 2011 at 8:49 am with 15 Comments »
May 24, 2011 10:28 am
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck warms up (Joe Barrentine/TNT).

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 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.

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  1. footballscaa says:

    Matt is good. Just, not good enough. As Pat Gillick once said “How many whacks at the cat can you take before you realize you can’t hit it”?

  2. Dukeshire says:

    I’m curious why Russ Lande doesn’t feel Hasselbeck would be a good fit in Seattle. The ‘Hawks are conspicuous by their absence after listing nearly every team in the league that is in need of a starter.

    I know Mike Brown has drawn some hard lines with players before (Ochocinco comes to mind) but I can’t help but believe that again stating his refusal to trade Palmer is simply posturing. And I’d like to know if Palmer has been working out with teammates or other players around the league. I’ve looked, briefly, but have been unable to find anything. What I’m asking I suppose, is whether he’s preparing himself to play in ’11, regardless, or if he’s approaching this offseason / lockout as though he’s done.

  3. Matt is better than good enough, once you get adequate players around him.

  4. Nice to see Hass get some love from an impartial observer.

    He had his bad moments last year, but most of the time, when he got decent protection, he threw the ball well.

    And, if these newly drafted O-lineman can help us get the steadier run game we seemed to maybe be finding at the end of last year, then Matt will be a perfectly good option for us this coming season.

  5. wabubba67 says:

    Glad to see that Curry hit something successfully….Seriously, congratulations!

  6. Dukeshire says:

    wabubba67 – Lol!

  7. Hasselback sucks, best thing Seahawks can do is get rid of him. Wait a minute we didn’t even draft a quarterback prospect, the Seahawks just plain suck too.

  8. fuqutribune says:

    Impartial observer? No such thing, there is always an angle. Fragileback isn’t better than good. He lit up one defense last season, that was great, but the reality is that take his games from NO away and he was below average. He cannot last an entire season. Is he the best FA QB out there? Maybe, but that isn’t saying a whole lot, do I need to list all the best FA QB’s we’ve seen from Scott Mitchell on? Let Whitehurst have a shot, see what you actually have, and don’t blow nexy season’s #1 on another question mark in Kolb.

    On another note, we are seeing that the rookie class from this draft may be very damaged from the lockout, what will happen with all this wasted speculation on players by reporters with almost nothing else to discuss? We’ve seen Fragileback’s status go from working on a deal to his absolute departure from Seattle, based on nothing but speculation and people bent on faking stories because they are bored to tears.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    fuqutribune – How does speculation “damage” rookies in any way? The lockout and their inability to begin learning new systems, working with position coaches, negotiating contracts, and otherwise preparing themselves for life in the NFL are tangible. Speculation hurts them how?

  10. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Really looking forward to Seattle re-signing Hasselbeck. Get this done the minute the lockout is lifted.

  11. SideWalk_Hawk says:

    Hass is a great QB. I just don’t think he’s what the hawks want just now. Why not move CW in and see what he can do? Save the veteran $ you would spend on Hass and shoot for the prospect in the ’12 draft class. How do you fill out the roster at QB? That’s my question to all of you. How do the hawks fill out the roster this season at QB?

  12. chuck_easton says:

    My guess is as follows for filling out the QB roster:

    Hass re-signs

    Losman or Leinhart come in as backup

    Team picks up an undrafted QB prospect.

    No particular order or combination. Any one, two or all of the above will likely happen.

    I think this gives me the Captain Obvious Award for the day.

  13. Palerydr says:

    “FuQu” tribune really? how cute what, you got rage issues?

    “what will happen with all this wasted speculation on players by reporters with almost nothing else to discuss?”

    Taking shots at reporters? that’s their job get over yourself. So according to you unless we actually have football we should all just be quiet in the corner then?

  14. I love Hasselbeck, but that article is pretty generous.

  15. Seahawkgo says:

    Goodbye Matt.

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