Not long after the Donovan McNabb to Minnesota Vikings trade talks began, news came out of the Seattle Seahawks camp. It looks like Matt Hasselbeck is out as the starting quarterback in Seattle while former Minnesota Vikings castoff Tavaris Jackson is in.
Part of this news is not surprising because Hasselbeck has been rumored to be on his way out for a while now. However, what the Seattle Seahawks see in Jackson is beyond me. He only played three games last season, throwing for 341 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. Over his five year career in Minnesota, he has throws 24 touchdowns and 22 interceptions and holds a 76.6 QB rating.
On the other hand, Hasselbeck threw for 3,001 yards in 2010 with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. If you just look at Hasselbeck’s last five years, the same time frame as Jackson’s entire career, Hasselbeck has 80 touchdowns and 61 interceptions with a 74.7 QB rating.
I don’t see Seattle improving too much here. Plus, the Seahawks brought in Charlie Whitehurst last year to be their future signal caller. Whitehurst feels he will be allowed to compete for the starting job but, over six games last season, only threw for 507 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions with a 65.5 QB rating.
The bad news for Seattle Seahawks fans is that these are the two quarterbacks they have to choose from. The news they are bringing in Tavaris Jackson makes it look like they are throwing in the towel on the Kevin Kolb sweepstakes and also might be turning away from Kyle Orton as well. Either of those men would be a better choice than Jackson and Whitehurst.
Seattle also is looking into bringing in former Minnesota Vikings star Sidney Rice.
Fantasy football players need to keep their eye on specific dates leading up to fantasy football drafts.
July 26 – At 10 a.m. ET, Trading begins for 2011 League Year.
July 29 – At 6 p.m. ET, clubs may sign, or extend offer sheets to, all eligible players, in addition to drafted and undrafted rookies. Clubs may have such players report to the club’s facilities for physical examinations prior to signing. Eligible players may visit or try out at any club facility.
Aug. 4 – All clubs must be within the salary cap at 4:01 p.m. ET
Aug. 13-17 – Each club has until five days prior to its second preseason game to provide any tendered but unsigned exclusive rights player or restricted free agent with written notice of the club’s intent to place the player on the exempt list if the player fails to report at least the day before the club’s second preseason game.
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