If there is going to be a regular season, there is going to be a free agency period eventually, which means Matt Hasselbeck or not, the Seahawks are guaranteed to add at least one quarterback through free agency, if not two.
It’s certainly a sellers market on quarterbacks this off season. Kevin Kolb is definitely the most desirable and highest priced commodity available despite up and down campaigns as a starter and an equal TD/INT ratio for his career. He is going to fetch a first round pick or what the Falcons got for Matt Shaub.
Kyle Orton will probably be pryed away for no less then a second round pick from the Denver Broncos. Carson Palmer (based on a report from Seahawks Draft Blog), is interestingly enough apparantly a Seattle Seahawk in 2011 or bust. If Mike Brown does decide to actually deal him, he would likely cost Pete Carroll at least a second round pick as well.
That being said, this is who I think (in order) the Seahawks should consider also taking into consideration the potential trade costs as well.
1) Re-sign Matt Hasselbeck
He doesn’t cost a draft pick, he played perhaps his best game as a Seahawk against the Saints, and perhaps his playoff performance(s) showed he has more left in the tank then what he left on the field the past two seasons. He is more familiar with whats going on then anyone they bring in would, except perhaps Tarvaris Jackson (Hasselbeck>>Jackson), because of the Darrell Bevell connection.
2) Trade for Carson Palmer (2-3rd rounder)
As of now, as I said before, he is off the market and not likely to be dealt. Regardless, some people will argue that Palmer is the best quarterback available and if indeed Seahawks Draft Blog is accurate (the Palmer moving to Seattle is 100 percent accurate regardless) that means the only way he plays in 2011 is in a Seahawks uniform. That being said, I just don’t think he is an upgrade over Matt Hasselbeck unless your talking about the number of years he would offer Seattle opposed to Hasselbeck. Palmer is four years younger and perhaps looking at the bigger picture with four years remaining on his contract and in an admitted rebuilding mode Carroll may opt for continunce at quarterback for the remaining time on his deal.
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