When Seattle traded a 2010 second-round pick and a 2011 third-round pick to San Diego for a 2010 third-round selection and career backup QB Charlie Whitehurst (and agreed to pay him about $5 million a year to make him the signal-caller of the future), it was a surprise.
Consider: Whitehurst has spent his four years in the NFL as a backup to Chargers QB Philip Rivers, and he’s made exactly zero passing attempts in a regular-season game. He’s not shown that he’s a high-level NFL QB who eventually can replace Matt Hasselbeck. He’s not shown he’s better than J.P. Losman, who spent last year in the UFL before signing with Seattle but was a starter for most of his five seasons in Buffalo.
Yes, Whitehurst is tall and athletic. Yes, he has a big-time arm. Yes, Seattle’s coaches and front office personnel say they see a big upside to him – coach Pete Carroll has even hinted that he could compete with Hasselbeck for the starting role. But honestly, I was never that impressed with him when I saw him live a few times during his years at Clemson (less than 60 percent completion percentage during his career and 49 touchdowns to 46 interceptions).
So, I ask: if he wasn't that spectacular in the ACC, how's he going to be the Seahawks QB of the future?
During Seattle’s mini-camp this week, Whitehurst had mixed results.
In a Tacoma News-Tribune blog post from Eric D. Williams on Tuesday, he wrote that Losman is “far closer to being a game-ready productive quarterback than Whitehurst.” Williams cites Losman’s arm and his experience. Whitehurst has the arm as well; just not the experience.
Yet, in a blog post today for the Seattle Times , Danny O’Neil wrote that, on the final day of mini-camp, Whitehurst looked as impressive as he’s been since he put on a Seattle uniform.
So, who knows? We ask you this, though. Will the guy making $5 million be the third-string QB? Or will it be the guy making $630,000?
For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter.