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Originally published Friday, March 16, 2012 at 8:58 PM

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Ex-Seahawks quarterback Whitehurst returns to San Diego

The Chargers announced Friday evening that Whitehurst reached a two-year agreement with the team.

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Seattle's acquisition of quarterback Charlie Whitehurst from San Diego in 2010 was supposed to be a one-way ticket.

It might as well have been a round-trip deal, though, because two years after the Seahawks gave the Chargers draft capital for the right to sign Whitehurst, the quarterback is returning to San Diego.

The Chargers announced Friday evening that Whitehurst reached a two-year agreement with the team.

Whitehurst's departure from Seattle is not a surprise. Tarvaris Jackson is Seattle's starter, Josh Portis a developing younger player and the Seahawks are clearly looking to add a quarterback.

Seattle acquired Whitehurst with the hope he could become a starter, but he never really challenged Matt Hasselbeck in 2010 and was behind Jackson all of last season.

Whitehurst, 29, started four regular-season games in his two years as Seattle's backup quarterback, the Seahawks going 1-3 in those games. Whitehurst's one victory was an important one. He started the 2010 regular-season finale in which the Seahawks defeated the Rams to earn a playoff berth.

Whitehurst had three touchdown passes in his Seahawks career, four interceptions, and he did not play after the Seahawks' Oct. 30 loss to Cincinnati. Whitehurst started that game, but was replaced by Jackson, who was playing with an injured pectoral muscle.

To get Whitehurst, Seattle agreed to swap second-round picks with San Diego in 2010 and give up a third-round choice in 2011 for the right to sign Whitehurst to the contract.

In 2010, the Chargers used that second-round pick — No. 40 overall — and paired it with a first-round pick (No. 28) to trade up for the 12th pick and take running back Ryan Mathews of Fresno State.

The Seahawks used the second-round pick they got from the Chargers to choose Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate.


• Seattle reached an agreement to bring back fullback Michael Robinson on a two-year contract. He became the fourth player the Seahawks have re-signed since free agency began.

• Safety Atari Bigby, who played one season with Seattle, will leave for San Diego after reportedly agreeing to a two-year contract, according to ESPN.

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