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December 13, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Matt Barkley in Seattle, but only as a fan

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Did you see USC quarterback Matt Barkley at CenturyLink Field on Monday night?

Because apparently he was there.

Now, before everyone gets in a tizzy about what that means for Seattle, its future plans at quarterback and the possibility of choosing Barkley, who has asked the NFL draft advisory board for input on where he might be chosen, let's remember a few things:

1) NFL teams can't recruit incoming players to their program.
At least not until after the seven-round draft concludes. You don't woo players in the NFL, you choose them in the draft, and that requires that nobody with an earlier pick chooses him first.

2) Barkley has the right everyone else does to attend an NFL game.
It's not written into the Constitution, per se, but everyone has that chance. According to the Seahawks, Barkley didn't attend the game as their guest.

3) There are some pretty straightforward explanations for why he might be in Seattle.
His girlfriend plays soccer at Seattle Pacific University, and Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelley wrote about their trip to Nigeria, which was made last Christmas.

And now that all those pesky procedural elements are out of the way, you can now commence all matter of tin-foil hat speculation regarding Barkley and the Seahawks given the fact coach Pete Carroll recruited Barkley to USC.

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I'm more interested in finding out what he thought about the place. Did he enjoy CenturyLink? Is he going to enjoy it if he's an opposing...  Posted on December 14, 2011 at 11:20 AM by AgentJ. Jump to comment
Not trading up would be just dumb at this point—the Seahawks have almost everything else in place and simply need to grow. Barkley is a huge...  Posted on December 13, 2011 at 3:02 PM by *logos*. Jump to comment
Barkley will be the Seahawks QBOTF, this proves it. I'm sure John Schneider will trade away everything including the Space Needle to get him....  Posted on December 13, 2011 at 2:33 PM by tompage. Jump to comment

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