Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 27:
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has been one busy beat writer. Yesterday, he broke the news that Matt Hasselbeck would not be re-signing with the Seahawks. This morning, he’s got this look back at the situation and Hasselbeck’s 10-year stay in Seattle. Says O’Neil: “Breakups are never easy. They’re even worse when they happen over the phone, and that’s exactly how the Seahawks’ most prolific passer found out the team had someone new.”
And Hasselbeck already has found a new home, agreeing to the deal with the Titans, according to this report from The Associated Press.
Mike Sando at ESPN.com offers his thoughts on the big news from Tuesday, when the Seahawks bid farewell to Hasselbeck and agreed to terms with two other QBs – Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Leinart.
Dave Boling at the News Tribune recaps Hasselbeck’s legacy. Says Boling: “Tarvaris Jackson might step in and be a competent quarterback for the Seahawks. But Matt Hasselbeck is going to be missed around here. Most of us who do this job are pretty good about maintaining objectivity in the course of work, but a lot of us in the media are going to be sad to see Hasselbeck depart. He was a first-class guy from Day One.”
With the QB situation resolved, Eric Williams of the New Tribune says the Seahawks now can concentrate on free agent defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, who was at the team’s facility on Tuesday. Says Williams: “While he was there, Mebane likely had a conversation with team general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll to see where things stood on a possible deal to stay in Seattle.”
Jason La Canfora at NFL.com says the Seahawks also are interested in Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice. Offers La Canfora: “I have reported the Vikings’ desire to retain Rice for quite some time, as well as the Seahawks’ desire to sign him to place with QB Tarvaris Jackson and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, both of whom know the receiver from their time together in Minnesota. So, it looks like it will come down to these two teams.”
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