Judging from the Seattle Seahawks’ actions so far this offseason, drafting a quarterback of the future will be a priority for this team moving forward.
According to reports, the Seahawks and Matt Hasselbeck are far apart in contract talks to bring the veteran quarterback back to Seattle, leaving open the distinct possibility that he will be on another team’s roster next year after a decade in Seattle.
“All I will say is we’ve been working hard,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said about bringing Hasselbeck back, when asked about negotiations during the NFL Scouting Combine. “I’ve told you how I felt about it from the start, and we’ve continued to work hard.”
The team released quarterback Nate Davis this week, after signing him to a futures contract at the end of last season, so reserve quarterback Charlie Whitehurst is now the only quarterback on the team’s 80-man roster.
With the No. 25 overall pick in the first round, the Seahawks likely will not get a shot at who most draft experts feel are the top two quarterbacks in the draft, Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert and Auburn’s Cam Newton. So Washington’s Jake Locker, Florida State’s Christian Ponder and Ryan Mallet of Arkansas remain the team’s best options in the first round.
The Seahawks also need upgrades along the offensive and defensive lines and at cornerback, so those positions will be considerations as the team continues to prepare for the draft in late April. Seattle has seven picks in the upcoming draft.
1. Quarterback: For the first time in the decade the Seahawks are uncertain who the starting quarterback will be for the upcoming season. Matt Hasselbeck will be a free agent, and reserve quarterback Charlie Whitehurst did not have enough of an opportunity to show that he’s the quarterback of the future.
2. Offensive line: Seattle had 10 different offensive line combinations last season, and the team’s two most productive linemen – center Chris Spencer and offensive tackle Sean Locklear – are free agents. Left tackle Russell Okung gives the team someone to build around, and third-year player Max Unger could be the team’s center of the future.
3. Defensive end: Red Bryant turned into an important player for Seattle at defensive end. When the Texas A&M product went down with a season-ending knee injury in the seventh game of the season against Oakland, the Seahawks’ run defense suffered.
INSIDE THE WAR ROOM
The Seahawks continue to look at the draft as a way to improve the team’s roster depth and get younger. Points of emphasis include getting bigger along the interior of the offensive line and selecting bigger corners on the outside because of the team’s emphasis on playing press coverage.