NFL Pre-Draft Rumors: Could Matt Hasselbeck Go To The Cleveland Browns?

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IJanuary 30, 2011

Hasselbeck and Mike Holmgren at Cleveland Browns Stadium (2007)
Hasselbeck and Mike Holmgren at Cleveland Browns Stadium (2007)Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Matt Hasselbeck ended the 2010-2011 with another disappointing playoff loss and with yet another reason why he may not be the Seattle Seahawks quarterback of the future.

Even though he played through injury most of the 2010 season, Hasselbeck was questionable as a starter while splitting reps with Charlie Whitehurst and is now an eligible free agent heading into the 2011 offseason.

The Cleveland Browns have had quarterback issues of their own over the last several years but are now hoping that they have found their quarterback of the future in Colt McCoy.

The Cleveland Browns front office, namely Mike Holmgren, has some connections with Matt Hasselbeck dating back to his head coaching days with the Seattle Seahawks.

The Browns have also shown that they are not afraid to spend money on a veteran presence that they feel can help the team after Cleveland signed both Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace last season.

Delhomme had a disastrous showing with the Browns when he was given his opportunities and despite playing well, Seneca Wallace is currently up for free agency.

Hasselbeck threw for 3,001 yards in 2010 with 12 touchdowns opposed to 17 interceptions. Not exactly pretty numbers for a quarterback that has been around the league for over 10 seasons.

The question lies in the fact that some team will undoubtedly take a chance on Hasselbeck and hope that he can return to the form he once had in 2007, where he threw for 28 touchdowns and almost 4,000 yards.

Jake Delhomme played five games for the Browns in 2010 and threw for 800 yards and two touchdowns.

Based on equal experience and age, it seems logical that Hasselbeck could end up being a Cleveland Brown in 2010.

The fans do not want another quarterback controversy in Cleveland and it is understandable as the team has fielded 16 different quarterbacks since 1999.

Hasselbeck could be a solid option as a backup for the Browns or even a starter if McCoy's development does not go as expected.

It will be interesting to see the direction that Pat Shurmur's new Cleveland Browns team will take, but it is important to remember that Mike Holmgren and the rest of Cleveland are watching over him with a "helpful" eye.