NFL Rumor Mill Has Matt Hasselbeck Leaving Seattle Seahawks

It seems that no one really knows what's going on with Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck. With the NFL lockout in place, trades and signings can't happen so Hasselbeck, who is without a contract for the 2011 season, is in limbo.

When the lockout is lifted, will he return?

There are several folks predicting he will not. ESPN's John Clayton has previously reported that Hasselbeck isn't expected back and now ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the same.

The Seahawks are in a tough spot with Hasselbeck. They won the division just last season so they're not in a situation where they should be blowing it up and rebuilding. They're ready to win the division again and, depending on how far the lockout goes into the summer, he may be the best option. 

Absent a blockbuster trade for someone like QB Carson Palmer, the Seahawks should probably stick with Hasselbeck. QB Charlie Whitehurst is the only quarterback under contract so some more moves are clearly coming. It just depends whether those moves are for Whitehurst's backup or another starter.

The reality of the Seahawks quarterback situation is probably a reason why they reached out to him last week during the brief period the lockout was lifted.

Check out Field Gulls for more on the Seahawks and their quarterback situation. 

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