According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell called quarterback Matt Hasselbeck when the lockout was briefly lifted and expressed to him how much the team wanted him to return.
Hasselbeck was reportedly open to the idea of a return to Seattle, where he became a Pro Bowl player. A source close to the situation said that Hasselbeck was “as likely to return there as he ever was.”
Bevell called Hasselbeck during the window in which teams were allowed to talk to their players when the lockout was lifted by a U.S. District Court judge before being reinstated pending the NFL’s appeal in a federal court.
After Hasselbeck and the Seahawks were unable to agree on a deal for his return during the winter, it seemed that the chances of Hasselbeck returning to Seattle were slim and none.
But now, the signs point to the two sides potentially reuniting again whenever the NFL’s work stoppage ends. Hasselbeck’s return to Seattle would be a significant addition for the Seahawks and for the NFC West quarterback puzzle.
It would leave the Seahawks with Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst and leave Arizona as the NFC West team with the most glaring need at quarterback — and the most likely destination for Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Kevin Kolb, who has requested a trade in order to gain a starting job.