John Clayton of ESPN said Thursday that based on what he’s hearing from sources at the NFL owners’ meetings in Atlanta, he’s unsure whether the Seahawks will make a contract offer to free agent quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
In all likelihood, Clayton believes, Hasselbeck will end up with the Titans, a team in need of a veteran quarterback to help ease rookie Jake Locker’s transition to the NFL. Clayton noted a “comfort level” with Hasselbeck and Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt, who spent seven years in the Seahawks’ front office.
“I don’t know if they’ll pay $5 million (per year), I don’t know if they’ll pay $6 million,” Clayton said of Hasselbeck, “but if there’s no offer from Seattle, you take the best offer and it very well could be in Nashville.”
Clayton said he’s “getting the feeling” that the Seahawks could have serious interest in quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, a free agent who spent the first five years of his career with the Vikings and has ties with Seattle’s new offensive coordinator, Darrel Bevell.