Thursday, February 11, 2016

Hasselbeck, the Seahawks and Kolb

All offseason, we've discussed potential landing spots for Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Hasselbeck, the Seahawks and Kolb

Will Matt Hasselbeck return to the Seahawks for another season? (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson)
Will Matt Hasselbeck return to the Seahawks for another season? (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson)

All offseason, we've discussed potential landing spots for Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb.

When the draft came and went, the list of teams shrank considerably.

But two teams that still made sense were the Seahawks and the Cardinals, neither of which selected a quarterback.

And while Seattle could still be in the mix whenever teams are allowed to make moves, a report today from ESPN's Adam Schefter says they might decide to bring veteran free agent Matt Hasselbeck back instead.

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A league source tells Schefter that Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell called Hasselbeck during the brief period when the lockout was lifted and told him how much the team wanted him to return.

Does this mean Hasselbeck is definitely going back to Seattle and that the Seahawks are out of the running for Kolb? Of course not. Seattle, like the rest of the league, would probably like to have options once the free agency/trading period begins.

Hasselbeck turns 36 in September and is coming off a year in which he threw 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. In the last three years, he's tossed 34 touchdowns and 44 interceptions in 35 games.

Last offseason, Seattle swapped second-round picks with the Chargers and also gave up a third-rounder for QB Charlie Whitehurst. He compiled a 65.5 QB rating in limited action last year, but at 28, is a younger option than Hasselbeck.

Schefter suggests the Cardinals would be "more determined than ever" to land Kolb if the Seahawks brought Hasselbeck back. I'm not sure how much I buy into that. If Arizona were competing with Seattle for Kolb, I would think they would be just as determined to land him and keep him away from a division rival.

With that being said, the Cardinals continue to make sense as a potential trading partner.

Earlier Tuesday, I wrote about Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb and the deep ball.

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