Carroll: Re-signing Hasselbeck ‘is a priority’

The Seahawks already have had discussions with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck about re-signing with the team, coach Pete Carroll said in his just-completed season-ending news conference.

Carroll went farther than that when asked if he was proceeding as if Hasselbeck will be the starter next season. “I don’t think there’s any other way to look at it,” Carroll said. “He’s our starting quarterback.”

Hasselbeck’s contract also will expire soon. But Carroll and GM John Schneider met with the QB on Monday after the final team meeting.

“It is a priority,” Carroll said when asked about re-signing Hasselbeck. “The quarterback position is the most critical position on the football team. Matt finished beautifully for us. He did everything we asked of him. We’ve already talked. We’ve already met.

“And we’re going to move forward. We have to see what it all means. But we’re on it.”

 Hasselbeck threw seven touchdown passes and one interception in the Seahawks’ two playoff games, after passing for 3,000 yards during the regular season for the seventh time in his 10-year career with the team.

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