Who Seahawks Should Target: Quarterbacks

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 an unconfirmed 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.

This is all of course, if the always stubborn Mike Brown decides to deal him.

3) Sign Donovan McNabb

Again, he doesn’t cost a valuable draft pick and this guy has the potential to be every bit as good as Palmer and Hasselbeck, all three of those guys didn’t have terrific 2010 campaigns and all have had multiple pro bowl caliber seasons under their belt. The Redskins marriage did not work and remember McNabb comes from the West Coast Offense where he thrived under Andy Reid. A return to a similar system would do him well

4) Trade for Kyle Orton (2nd-3rd)

At number four, I still feel I am doing the underappreciated and underrated Orton unjustice considering he has outperformed every person on this list the past two seasons considerably.

He is not a deep heever though, and I feel that is a trait Pete Carroll wants in his quarterback though. Who cares though? He has performed like a top 10-12 quarterback the past two seasons and I would fully support an Orton deal.

Perhaps deep down inside I am secretly rooting for him to be No. 1 on this list to keep proving the doubters wrong.

5) Trade for Kevin Kolb (1st or two 2nds)

I just feel Kolb costs too much to put him above McNabb on my list. If the Seahawks do indeed end up trading for him they’re going to fork over a first or two second round picks in exchange. Remember the Seahawks had a painful growing season(s) (some will argue seasons) with Matt Hasselbeck. It will not be a very long honeymoon for Kolb when he experiences similar growing pains. He does lend familiarity with the West Coast offense and sure he might turn out better then all three of the quarterbacks selected in the top ten this year; but it’s not a guarantee either.

I would expect a losing first season under Kolb just because of the growing pains, and it’s not to bash the guy, a lot of great quarterbacks go through the same process. If they’re going to trade a first round pick then suffer a losing season, why not just hold onto the pick and select from what is bound to be a much higher rated quarterback class early in the draft?

That being said, I wouldn’t break something if the Seahawks decide to trade for him, but it’s sacrificing draft capita and a full season to do so unless he just tears it up. This is a guy someone is going to be paying a Matt Schaub bounty for; if he turns into Matt Shaub, someone will be very pleased.

If it turns out like Rick Mirer did for the Bears, well…

6) Sign Vince Young

People can say and think what they want about Young the bottom line is the guy wins games (30-17 record), and Chris Johnson wasn’t there for a good portion of those either.

It’s been more then documented that Carroll wants to shift to a run first offense, and Young has proven to thrive in that. Carroll has experience recruiting, scouting, and playing against Young in college, that certainly won’t work against him.

7) Throw Charlie Whitehurst In

This is a last resort, and my validation is purely based on the game management esque performance I witnessed against the Rams in person. I have nothing else to go on except the ugly Giants game and his very rollar coaster esque college career; neither does anyone else.

He is the biggest gamble out of every quarterback here. One thing he has on everyone above him on this list is deep down this is Petes guy, he dealt significant draft capita to obtain him. I don’t believe Carroll is stubborn enough to play Whitehurst if he has a better option available, but don’t doubt for one minute he’s eager to show his many critics who say he was swindled by AJ Smith (including me), they were dead wrong.

Well, he already proved all the doubters wrong against the Saints, and he has three playoff appearances in four seasons as an NFL head coach, but he’s still a failure right?

Maybe if he had roster control, Pete Carroll would not have let Curtis Martin walk?

Maybe we’ll find out Pete was right about Whitehurst as well.

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One Response to “Who Seahawks Should Target: Quarterbacks”

  1. Redzone086 says:

    Well I see your list but am very much obliged to disagree completely. Number one would be carson absolutely worth a rd3 pick he would be better than any qb picked in that rd. and we could draft a qb to groom while we have a seasoned qb for four years that knows most of the staff all the ideology and our number one reciever very well and would be probably the cheapest yearly cost. Number 2 hasselbeck but only slighty higher than number 3 because he would offer playoff and leadership experience at the position. Number 3 would be orton who is a starting qb. Im not convinced he would fix anything but as a quality starting qb he is much higher than the rest that come after him. Number four jackson cheap young and has the tools and with caroll reserecting careers I think for as many years as you would get for a klob you would get just as much potential at a major discount. Then whitehurst and finally young and least of all mcnabb.

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