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2011 Seattle Seahawks: NFL Draft and Free Agency Expectations for Quarterback
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Whitehurst did what Carroll asked of him in the game vs. the Rams, but does he have what it takes to be "the guy" for a whole season?

Now up on my weekly position reports: Quarterback.

The Seattle Seahawks' 2011 offseason has quickly revealed an urgency at the quarterback position.  A few weeks ago, Seattle had a proven veteran on the roster, albeit with some questions surrounding his abilities going forward. They also had a solid backup with some potential to be a starter, and a young project with a cannon for an arm and good legs.

As the NFL works through a second extension of the current CBA, Seattle finds itself with just one quarterback on the roster. Matt Hasselbeck appears headed to test the free-agent waters, and Nate Davis was released without comment from the Seahawks.

Seattle appeared to have perhaps one more season before they needed to find additional options at quarterback. Now, the position joins both lines in needing immediate attention. 

Seattle needs to sign at least two quarterbacks. One will likely come via April's draft, with the remaining spot being filled via free agency or trade. Many still expect the free agent signing to be Matt Hasselbeck, while others are hoping to see Seattle make a big trade for a QB.

By now some readers are fixed on the current inability to sign or trade players. For current purposes, I'm going to continue with the expectations I laid out in a labor article last week. The owners and NFLPA will agree on another extension at some point today. In the very near future the two sides will be close enough on terms that they will sign a final extension, taking us through spring and a final agreement. The last extension will allow free agency to start prior to the NFL draft.

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