List of Hasselbeck suitors taking shape
Posted by Danny O'Neil
It's hard to know what to expect on this day when the NFL begins attempting to shoehorn four months of transactions into just a few weeks.
One thing that is becoming clear: Matt Hasselbeck's options.
He is an unrestricted free agent, the top quarterback in the class, and while it's early -- just the first hour when teams can contact players -- the list of teams in play are Seattle, Arizona, San Francisco, Tennessee and Miami. Those are listed in no particular order.
Hasselbeck has played the past 10 years for the Seattle Seahawks. He has played under four general managers, three head coaches and won five playoff games as Seattle's starting quarterback. The Seahawks won three playoff games in their history before Hasselbeck arrived.
He is an unrestricted free agent, and while Seahawks coach Pete Carroll stated re-signing Hasselbeck was the team's top priority after the season, the sides could not reach an agreement before the NFL lockout began in March, freezing all discussions.
The lockout was resolved on Monday, and teams could begin contacting free agents as of 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. Agreements can be reached, but no contracts can be signed until Friday afternoon.
The inclusion of Tennessee among the teams in play for Hasselbeck is not surprising. He has familiarity with Mike Reinfeldt, who is Tennessee's GM, and Ruston Webster, a Titans top personnel executive. Both were with Seattle before heading to Tennessee. Hasselbeck would give Tennessee a capable starter while rookie Jake Locker is mentored.
The inclusion of two of Seattle's division rivals in that group of Hasselbeck's considerations is particularly telling. The Cardinals and 49ers were two teams handicapped by their quarterback play a year ago.
Miami is the wild-card. Geographically, it is as far as you can get from Seattle.
Also, the Seahawks are in the process of reaching agreements with undrafted rookie free agents. Those directly confirmed so far: QB Josh Portis, (California University); DE Pierre Allen (Nebraska). The Seahawks may announce those additions at some point Tuesday.
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