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Hasselbeck still has a fire to play and succeed in the NFL.
Shortly before the draft, I began to get the feeling that the only way the Seahawks would re-sign Hasselbeck is if they drafted a young QB that needed a few years of tutelage.
The first slide detailed the other teams in the pre-draft hunt for Hasselbeck. It is suspected that neither the Vikings nor the Titans will want to add the additional $7 million or so it will take to land Hasselbeck on their rosters.
The 49ers also drafted a QB, but plan to bring Alex Smith back, at least for the short term.
This leaves the Arizona Cardinals as perhaps the most likely landing spot for Hasselbeck—outside of Seattle. While throwing to Larry Fitzgerald would be a great opportunity, one has to think Hasselbeck has had his fill of playing behind terrible offensive lines.
The Cardinals lack a single quality NFL starter on their current roster. They have two that are free agents that they will pursue, but playing behind their OL will make Arizona a less than enticing proposition for Hasselbeck. Most of his recent issues in Seattle tie back to weak OL play.
This leaves Washington and Miami as teams with an unsettled QB picture.
The Redskins still have McNabb in the fold, and that may or may not change. I'm not sure bringing in a different 35-year-old QB is the best option for the team, as he would need to learn a new offense and new players. They made their play for McNabb, and then offered him an extension. It seems they will need to ride that decision out, as there just aren't any better options in FA.
Miami would only make sense if they feel they are ready to win in 2011 with a solid starting QB. I'm not sure a team sharing a division with the New England Patriots and the New York Jets can feel too confident in their prospects for making a playoff run this year. While some analysts are less than impressed with the Patriots' draft, they likely have enough talent in-house to maintain their hold on the division.
If Hasselbeck isn't back in Seattle, I still see the Titans as the most logical landing spot, followed by the Vikings. Both teams have few issues beyond the QB position, and could be poised to make a playoff run in 2011 with an established veteran at the helm. More importantly, it would help them build their rookie QBs into NFL starters, setting them up to be successful for years to come.