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For Seattle, is Kolb much better than Whitehurst?

Posted on: July 3, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2011 9:56 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

As the lockout continues, Kevin Kolb's legacy grows. CBSSports.com's Will Brinson wrote Friday that no one's benefitted more from the absence of free agency, minicamps and OTAs than Kolb, who has gone from Eagles backup to the NFL's most sought-after quarterback these last three months.

The Cardinals are most often cited as a potential landing spot, but they're not the only team. Dave Mahler of Seattle's 950 KJR tweeted several days ago that he "heard from a source Seahawks have offered Eagles 1st and 3rd for Kolb." Mahler later qualified his tweet via his Facebook page: "Deal I reported yesterday was made sometime in the last 4 months. I think it says more about where Hasselbeck is on the priority list in Seattle than it does about the chances of Kolb coming. Eagles since offer have also reportedly expressed desire to trade for players instead of picks."

Whenever the alleged offer was made, it's not the first time Kolb and the Seahawks have been mentioned in the same breath. But Pete Carroll is Seattle's head coach, which means that no discussion of roster moves is complete without speculating that the job could go to a former USC player. And that explains last month's Leinart-to-Seahawks rumors.

As is often the case, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. Mahler points out the report is as much a commentary on Matt Hasselbeck's future in Seattle as it is on his eventual replacement. Which raises another question: where does Charlie Whitehurst figure in to all this?

Last offseason, the Seahawks and Chargers swapped 2010 second-round picks, and Seattle threw in a 2011 third-rounder to get Whitehurst. They then signed him to a two-year, $8 million deal. That's about the going rate for an NFL backup, but maybe he should get a shot at the starting gig. That's the argument Seahawks blog Field Gulls makes.

"If [Carson] Palmer is unattainable as so many people believe, I think the next best choice is to go with Charlie Whitehurst," Danny Kelly wrote last week. "Here's why: He's already on your roster and thus will cost you no more draft pick capital -- something that will be important for this team in the next year or three. He has been learning the offense all summer, has a strong arm, and is mobile. He's extremely raw and untested so we really don't know what he brings to the table yet."

And that's the thing: No one really knows what Whitehurst can do. He was uneven in two starts last season, but that doesn't means much. Along those lines, do we have any idea what type of starter Kolb will be? Put differently: Are the Seahawks so sure in Kolb's abilities that he's a first- and third-round pick better than Whitehurst?

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Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: July 3, 2011 3:07 pm
 

For Seattle, is Kolb much better than Whitehurst?

Kevin Kolb is a bigger risk than Whitehurst and most of the incoming class of draftees. Kolb played a few ggod games with a very talented team and that is his resume'. He will at the very least be greatly overpaid with the loss of other talents or draft picks. At best he plays well enough for a team to turn it around. Giving your #2 a chance and using resources tobuild the team around him is a much less risky option.


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