The situation surrounding Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is as fluid as ever. A few weeks ago it seemed as though Pete Carroll was going to re-sign him but no deal was reached and Hasselbeck is set to hit the free agent market. Some have suggested that Hasselbeck has already received an offer for the team that hasn’t been confirmed yet.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks may let Hasselbeck field offers from other teams before they begin the negotiating process. The situation would be quite similar to what happened with Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals a few years back.
A strategy such as this would suggest one of two things. Either the Seahawks feel that matching any offer that he receives on the open market is fair way to handle the situation or they don’t think that he’ll get a great offer from other teams which would help to justify the amount of money that they’re willing to spend on him. Considering that Seattle is rumored to be targeting a quarterback in the draft, there really isn’t any rush to lock up Hasselbeck because at some point in time there are going to have to begin moving in a different direction.
Several teams are listed as possibilities for Hasselbecks services. The Redskins, 49ers, Vikings, Titans, Cardinals and possibly even the Bengals could be in play depending on how things go in the draft. There are other quarterbacks available but the teams that will be most interested in Hasselbeck are the ones that feel that they can compete next season. Of the teams listed, the NFC West teams make the most sense because the division is basically toss up every year and Hasselbeck is familiar with the teams in the division.