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One more year of this in Seattle?
Whitehurst will have a chance to start in 2011.
This is what many hoped for last year, Whitehurst getting a chance to compete for the starting job, except now Hasselbeck comes off a whirlwind two games in the playoffs, not the stale finish under the Mike Holmgren-Jim Mora/Tim Ruskell regime.
Consider this scenario: Hasselbeck and Seattle come to a two-year agreement, or one year with nearly the same guaranteed money, with a team option for another year. With Whitehurst’s contract running out after 2011, the Seahawks aren’t bound to two quarterbacks.
They will know after 2011 the direction of both main quarterbacks; if Hasselbeck steps up, the team looks for the heir or re-signs Whitehurst.
If Whitehurst steps up, the team may have the immediate starter of the future and many options for filling that third role in 2012.
They have a variety of options for filling that role in 2011. They can take a run at one, or two, of the options listed previously; the offensive line and the defensive back seven received short- and long-term attention on draft day.
The Seahawks won’t be able to get to the long term at quarterback without creating a stable bridge through the short term.
Look at Hasselbeck’s body of work this offseason: He obtained the playbook through multiple teammates—likely a small part of that “coaching up” Carroll referred to during the draft weekend presser, regarding the presence of contracted players in the building for one day—and has been a main proponent in organizing unofficial Seahawks team activities.
It cannot be confirmed that Hasselbeck knows the Seahawks’ terms, but my guess is he has a bead on those parameters. His offseason actions don’t look like a guy who is shying away from the offer put on the table.
As Hasselbeck said on May 18, nothing has really changed. The uncertainty around the labor situation could have been part of the general uncertainty surrounding signing a new contract; neither side has appeared to have ever relinquished plans of reuniting for the short term, the long term that dangerous area of gray that will reside in the unknown until after the 2011 season.
With or without Hasselbeck, I don’t think Seahawks fans want to see him successful in a different uniform and still within the division in 2011—likely the worst-case scenario.
After all, he is widely believed to be among the top free agent quarterbacks in not the strongest of classes, but at a time when many teams are in need of veteran leadership at the position.
Seeing that leadership twice a year, but on the other side, could be a huge blow to the 12th man; outside confidence in this new regime would suffer if Hasselbeck brings the division title to a new home.