Trading Hasselbeck? Seahawks passed on that idea
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Pete Carroll said it after he was hired as coach and reiterated that after acquiring Charlie Whitehurst, stating that while Whitehurst would compete and develop for the future, Hasselbeck's body of work left him atop the pecking order.
Here's another piece of evidence: If Seattle was going to move Hasselbeck, it probably would have already happened because there is this team in Cleveland now run by this guy who used to coach Hasselbeck who was searching for a quarterback.
Indications are Mike Holmgren was willing to offer perhaps a third-round pick for Hasselbeck more than a month ago. Seattle wasn't going to consider that unless it could line up a quarterback ready to step in as the starter, say someone like Arizona's Matt Leinart.
So there you go, the proposal never really got off the ground floor, but that's the general outline.
And while I know the discussion is going to steer toward the idea of getting something for a player before his contract expires:
a) Hasselbeck is a proven quarterback at the end of an eminently reasonable contract.
b) There's nothing to say Hasselbeck can't continue to be a productive passer past 35 the same way Kurt Warner, Rich Gannon and countless others have been. Was Seattle willing to pass up the possibility Hasselbeck could continue into his success in his mid-30s in Seattle?
c) It's one thing to line up a potential successor should Hasselbeck be injured or decline, it's another to take whatever you can get for him on the open market without an alternative ready to go under center.
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