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Is Jackson in, Hasselbeck out for Seahawks?

Posted on: July 22, 2011 3:20 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 3:48 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

There may still be NFL labor uncertainty, but one thing is not in doubt: once the lockout ends, free agency will be a frenzied process as the league furiously preps for the 2011 season.

And from the sound of it, longtime Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck won't be back in Seattle. ESPN's John Clayton doesn't think the Seahawks are interested in paying a starter's salary to a 35-year-old oft-injured QB whose future might be as a backup and mentor.

"I don't know if they'll pay $5 million (per year), I don't know if they'll pay $6 million," Clayton said, according to ESPN 710, "but if there's no offer from Seattle, you take the best offer and it very well could be in Nashville."

As in: the Titans, a destination we wrote about last month. And while we'd expect there will be a market for Hasselbeck, especially to help bring along a young franchise quarterback like, say, Jake Locker, it's something of a surprise to hear that the Seahawks could be keen on Tarvaris Jackson, the former Vikings second-round pick who will be a free agent once the lockout ends.

Clayton says he's "getting the feeling" that Seattle could have serious interest in Jackson. ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer also suggested that Jackson could land in Seattle, telling ESPN 710 that, "(Seahawks new offensive coordinator Darrell) Bevell … always had an affinity for Tarvaris Jackson. And believe it or not, I think that might be the play here for the Seattle Seahawks -- I think it might be trying to get Tarvaris Jackson from Minnesota. … They've always liked him, they liked his starter potential. (Bevell) tried to make it happen for him in Minnesota and that might be the direction they're trying to go."

Dilfer add that "I don't like that plan, but if that's their plan and that's what they're trying to do, then more power to them."

In an interview with the Seattle Times, Jackson admits that he worked well with Bevell in the past. 

"We had a pretty good relationship, me and Bev did," Jackson said. "... It seems like a pretty good opportunity. I know the offense. That's a plus. Coach Bevell, he's very familiar with me and I'm very familiar with him. So that's always a plus."

We've written previously that the Seahawks, rumored to have offered a first- and third-round pick for Kevin Kolb earlier this offseason, shouldn't break the bank for an unproven commodity given all their other roster needs. Jackson, like Kolb, is still unproven, but he wouldn't cost nearly as much. And unlike Matt Leinart, who has ties to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll that go back to USC, Jackson doesn't come with baggage.

Worst case: instead of reaching or overspending for a stopgap QB, Seattle just goes with what they have -- Charlie Whitehurst -- and reevaluate things after the season.

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Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 2:26 pm

Is Jackson in, Hasselbeck out for Seahawks?

Eugene, you're kidding me right? After the Seahawks Super Bowl appearance, it's been downhill for Hasselsucks ever since. FYI, the Seahawks being in the playoffs is not because of Hasselsucks, it's almost a fluke. I use to live in Washington and the way the Seahawks make it into the playoffs the last few years has been through the backdoor, meaning other team in the running end up losing to pave way for the Seahawks to get into the playoffs. I know the Seahawks fans will be mad at me for saying that but it's true. Btw, I did say I believe in giving Whitehouse a chance and not Jackson and the keyword to your post is "IF" Hasselsucks is willing to take a paycut, knowing him, that is not going to happen. If Seattle let him go, I'll bet you he'll retire.

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: July 23, 2011 5:05 pm

Is Jackson in, Hasselbeck out for Seahawks?

First of all, the Seahawks should have given up on Hasselsucks like 5 years ago and as of right now, any qb would be an upgrade for Seattle.
Alien509 do you think that JaMarcus Russell would be an upgrade over Matt Hasselbeck?

I understand that there are a whole lot of economics coming into play in this decision to possibly part ways with Hasselebeck and bring in Tavaris Jackson, but the thing to keep in mind is that franchise quarterbacks (e.g. Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, etc.) are like finding a needle in a haystack. Hasselbeck may be injury-prone and old (from an athletic standpoint) but he has proven himself to be a very successful quarterback in the league (e.g. multiple playoff appearances and a Super Bowl appearance), so if he is willing to to take a pay cut to play as well as mentor his successor then in my opinion that is the best possible scenario for both him (Hasselbeck) and the Seahawks organization.

Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: July 23, 2011 4:40 pm

Is Jackson in, Hasselbeck out for Seahawks?

Epic Fail

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: July 23, 2011 4:37 pm

Is Jackson in, Hasselbeck out for Seahawks?

Thus begins the era of domination by the Rams in the NCF West.  With Bradford looking like a ProBowl calibur QB, what other teams in the West will challenge with their 'backups at best' behind center.  Seattle just went from terrible to horrible if they pull this TJ stunt.  The only question is what is worse, terrible or horrible.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 23, 2011 1:31 pm

Is Jackson in, Hasselbeck out for Seahawks?

First of all, the Seahawks should have given up on Hasselsucks like 5 years ago and as of right now, any qb would be an upgrade for Seattle. I like the idea of giving Whitehurst a try and if things don't work out, than get a real qb next season. Whoever Seattle decides on, I pray and pray it's not going to be Brett Favre, lol.if he decides to comeout of retirement, again.

Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: July 23, 2011 12:39 pm

Is Jackson in, Hasselbeck out for Seahawks?

Nice post!! You nailed it before the other side even wakes up this beautiful morning. Tavaris Jackson was a figment of the imagination of both the media and the large percentage of the US who hates Favre because he is white, male, wears jeans and is filthy rich. The youngster has done nothing to merit starting QB pay and the Seahawks or any team who continues to give him that are contributing to the problems the next bargaining agreement will bring about. Why not start thin kiong of those things now?
      Tavaris Jackson IS Rodney Peete, a nice backup for blowouts and to play for one week while you search the wire for a starter. For that one start you may gain a few hundred fans for being "diverse". If that is worth starter pay to you..get on it.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: July 23, 2011 12:06 pm

Is Jackson in, Hasselbeck out for Seahawks?

Tavaris Jackson's brief two seconds of fame came when the media promoted and touted him only in an effort to disparage and damage Brett Favre. It was more about making Favre look bad, instead of propping up Jackson. Don't believe it? Now that Favre is gone, do you see anybody in the media screaming for Jackson in Minnesota? Do you see any of the same type of columns like were written this time last season? Of course not. Jackson will never be an effective NFL starter for any team. The only thing Jackson could do in Seattle is insure that Andrew Luck would be there next season. Not a bad idea. The Seahawks make headlines by dumping Hasselback for Jackson. This makes it look like they are "trying" this season, and then Jackson goes 0-16. Hello Andrew Luck. Only problem is if Luck was signed by Seattle next season, the media would be in an uproar over Luck taking Jackson's job. It would be called unfair and a travesty. They would say that Luck ws unproven, Jackson had earned the job, and it was all racism. You ought to be familiar with the drill by now.

Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: July 23, 2011 10:28 am

Is Jackson in, Hasselbeck out for Seahawks?

who cares about eather one

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