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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

April 18, 2011 at 4:12 PM

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Hasselbeck's status won't impact Seattle's willingness to choose QB

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The fact is Matt Hasselbeck is unsigned for next season. Assuming that the Seahawks go into the draft without a decision on him, does that change how you evaluate or choose a quarterback?

Seattle general manager John Schneider had a simple answer to that: "No."

Well, it takes a little bit more to explain Seattle's rationale entering this draft in which the question many people have is not whether the Seahawks need to choose a quarterback, but whether they can afford not to.

"We'll be looking for a quarterback every single year," Schneider said. "I've been blessed to be around some pretty talented people, and it's just a philosophy, you can never have enough of those guys.

"That position is so hard, and I know everybody writes about it all the time, it truly is the hardest position to evaluate."

Seattle currently has one quarterback under contract: Charlie Whitehurst. Hasselbeck is unsigned and while both sides continue to hope he will re-sign, that hasn't happened yet. So given that situation, is it fair to summarize Seattle's philosophy that their evaluation of a quarterback in the draft is really independent of Matt's status?

"Yeah," Schneider said. "Absolutely."

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