Fans and media have been rumbling for three years about replacing Matt Hasselbeck.
This year, the rumblers are calling for the Seahawks to draft hometown hero Jake Locker or trade for Carson Palmer, Kevin Kolb, Vince Young or Kyle Orton.
Bringing in a new quarterback would be a great idea if the Seahawks could find the right guy and could afford to do it. But the Hawks really need to focus on rebuilding their offensive line and improving their defense, and Hasselbeck, 35, has a good three years left in him anyway, so quarterback is just not very high on the needs list.
We’ve already talked about why drafting Locker – or any quarterback – in the first round is a major gamble. Even in the best draft years for QBs, there’s a 50 percent chance of ending up with a bust. This year, you’re looking at a 75 percent chance of picking a bust in the first round.
Among the veteran quarterbacks mentioned above, Kolb and Orton would be the best options, but neither would come cheaply.
Kolb, 26, definitely has a lot of upside, but the Eagles will want at least a first-rounder and a third-rounder for him. And that’s on top of the contract you’d have to pay him. The Hawks could afford the money but not the picks. Not this year.
Orton, 28, had a great 2010 season and really has been good for three straight (in two offensive systems), so the five-year veteran seems to have come into his own. New Broncos coach John Fox just named Orton the starter, which might be a ploy to bump the price tag – assuming the Broncos are willing to go with 2010 first-rounder Tim Tebow as the starter.
The Broncos probably would give up Orton for a second-rounder and a later pick, but even that seems to be too much for a Seattle team that needs as many players as it can get (and is already short a third-rounder, which it gave up for quarterback Charlie Whitehurst last year).
Palmer wants out of Cincinnati, but the Bengals won’t let him go cheaply if they do end up trying to accommodate him. Palmer, 31, is only four years younger than Hasselbeck, so it’s not like he would be the quarterback of the future. Besides, he has a lot of mileage on his oft-busted body.
As for Young, any fool who thinks this guy is capable of leading an NFL team either is from Texas or loves slamming Patron shirtless. Young is a typical youngster of his generation – narcissistic and selfish. He’s immature and a horrible teammate – certainly not the kind of guy you want running your team – unless you want to run your coach out of town a la Jeff Fisher.
Of those quarterbacks, Kolb and Orton certainly have some merit – because of age and talent – but the Seahawks just can’t afford to do it this year.