A plan in place for a quarterback?

May 1, 2011, 12:45 PM | Updated: Apr 8, 2016, 10:53 am

Hasselbeck and Whitehurst

By Liz Mathews

The Seahawks did not select a quarterback in the 2011 NFL Draft.

“We had a plan going in, and we still have our plan,” said Seahawks’ general manager John Schneider on Saturday during his post-draft interview. “We just can’t execute that plan right now.”

So with the lockout firmly back in place and free agency at a stand still, Charlie Whitehurst remains the only signed quarterback on the Seahawks’ roster; Matt Hasselbeck, a free agent.

When asked specifically why a quarterback was not selected, Schneider replied: “When we were getting ready to pick, they weren’t there, they weren’t in our area. We are one of those teams that follows our board. We just didn’t have a guy that was there when we were getting ready to take Kris Durham, or Sherman or LeGree. It never fell that way.”

“To add to that, too,” said head coach Pete Carroll: “The fact that Charlie [Whitehurst] is here. Charlie was part of this draft class in the sense that we used a third round pick to get him, and we have a young up and coming quarterback. I know people say that we should go get another one, but we’re happy with Charlie and hoping that he is going to continue to flourish and blossom and all of that. He’s a guy, in my mind, I’m not feeling like we missed out on a quarterback opportunity, because Charlie is going with us.”

Rumors began to circulate yesterday immediately after Trent Dilfer announced during the national ESPN draft broadcast that “Matt Hasselbeck is not going back to [Seattle.]”

Numerous media outlets then linked to ESPN.com’s Rumor Central Blog. Only paid subscribers can access the blog, so below is the story, verbatim.

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King just Tweeted the following: “[Trent Dilfer] on ESPN: ‘Matthew Hasselbeck is not going back’ to Seattle.”

Hasselbeck will be a free agent whenever the lockout ends. Dilfer and Hasselbeck became friends when they played on the Seattle Seahawks together in the early part of last decade.

Hasselbeck’s free agency, Dilfer’s credibility on Hasselbeck-related news, and King’s Tweet are the only facts in this story right now. What you are about to read is based entirely on speculation.

The Cincinnati Bengals, having drafted Carson Palmer’s replacement in TCU quarterback Andy Dalton, have backed down on their stand to let Palmer retire rather than trade him. They’ve worked out a deal to send Palmer to Seattle, reuniting him with his USC coach Pete Carroll. Carroll and the Seahawks, then, would have no need for Hasselbeck, at least not enough to win a bidding war for the quarterback on the open market.

If all that is true, where would Hasselbeck end up? The Arizona Cardinals are the most obvious option, a team that at this point in the draft still has a gaping hole at quarterback. Other teams that have drafted young quarterbacks — including the Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers, and, ironically, the Bengals — may also be looking for a veteran to mentor their new talents.

For now, the Seahawks’ “plan” to address the quarterback situation, remains a mystery.

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