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Hasselbeck Hopes to Be a Seahawk in 2011 and Beyond

In the lead item in Greg Bedard’s “Football Notes” column in The Boston Globe, Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck discusses his “old-school” off-season and his hope to remain in Seattle. “I’m definitely hopeful that I’ll be able to stay in Seattle, but at the same time I understand the first thing’s got to happen first and that’s definitely reaching some kind of labor agreement,” said Hasselbeck.

Following the season, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider said they hoped to have Hasselbeck back in 2011 but talks between the club and David Dunn, Hasselbeck’s agent, failed to produce a new contract. Once there’s a resolution to the labor situation, barring a grace period for teams to resume negotiations with their own free agents, Hasselbeck will hit the unrestricted free agent market. Hasselbeck earned $6.75 million in total compensation in 2010, the final year of a six-year, $48 million extension signed in February of 2005.

Though he turns 36 on what’s scheduled to be the third Sunday of the 2011 regular season, with several teams in need of a veteran quarterback, Hasselbeck’s camp can justify seeking a three-year contract worth over $8 million per year, with a good portion of that guaranteed. “I think it’s genuine, I think it’s sincere that they want me back, it’s just a matter of how badly,” Hasselbeck said of the Seahawks.

“I know that I would like to be there, I think I can help them keep going on what we’re building there, it’s just a matter if it fits into the new agreement and how they want to do things and whatever else they look at.”

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