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Whitehurst acquisition only raises more questions

Seattle’s aggressive push to obtain Charlie Whitehurst ranks as the biggest gamble of the offseason.

The Seahawks gave up a valuable pick and $5 million-per-season for a quarterback with no career passing attempts. Now that the dust has settled, more questions emerge:

What about Matt Hasselbeck?

The Seahawks have strongly supported Hasselbeck as the team’s starter until now.  He’s due $5.75 million in 2010, the final year of his contract.  Assuming Hasselbeck remains on the team, he’s going to have to keep the Seahawks in playoff contention to stay on the field.  The Seahawks didn’t give up this much for Whitehurst to keep him on the bench.

What about Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen?

This move would seemingly eliminate the Seahawks from contention to take a quarterback with one of their two first-round picks, but it can’t totally be ruled out. 

The Seahawks could conceivably still draft Clausen, get rid of Hasselbeck, and open the season with Whitehurst under center. 

How good is Charlie Whitehurst?

Only Norv Turner knows. Whitehurst, a third-round pick in 2006, hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL. He couldn’t get past Billy Volek on the Chargers depth chart. He must be getting some good references.

What about the Eagles quarterbacks?

This certainly won’t lower Philadelphia’s asking price for their three quarterbacks.  Still, it eliminates another team from possibly going after one of them.  It’s very difficult to find a team that remains a good fit for Donovan McNabb or Kevin Kolb.

And it’s even harder to imagine a team giving up anything for Vick at all.

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45 Responses to “Whitehurst acquisition only raises more questions”
  1. FlorioIsAlwaysWrong says: Mar 17, 2010 6:50 PM

    First of all Bradford and Clausen will be gone by the 4th pick in the draft (yes the red faced midget now coaching in Washington is going to pick Jimmy Clausen so get over it).
    Second of all I don’t think this says anything about Hasselback except that Seattle knows at some point, when they are 4 or 5 games under .500 he will get hurt and they will see what they got in Whitehurst.
    If whitehurst fails to impress the Seahwaks finish in the bottom of the league and there is a guy coming out of the University of Washington that I think coach Carrol will really like.
    I forgot who did the head coach of the University of Washington use to work for?
    Exactly.

  2. The67Beast says: Mar 17, 2010 6:51 PM

    you know who loves this deal.. RC “Yoga” Dudek… that’s who!!!!

  3. TheWontonMan says: Mar 17, 2010 6:55 PM

    Dudek is going to be pissed over this! The seahawks should of went after that new hot qb that was trying out in Indy.

  4. Chapnasty2 says: Mar 17, 2010 6:57 PM

    “And it’s even harder to imagine a team giving up anything for Vick at all.”
    Yeah it’s always been pretty hard to imagine that one

  5. kingkolb says: Mar 17, 2010 7:02 PM

    i heard rumor of 3 way trade. mcnabb to seattle. julious jones and 6th overall pick to saints. reggie bush to seattle and NO 32nd overall pick to philly. I’m going to pick up Donovan’s new luggage that all of Philly chipped in to pay for…

  6. heartbreak says: Mar 17, 2010 7:03 PM

    HAHAHAHA, as a 49er fan I love it. Keep up the great work Pete.
    This has to be a crazy move that no other GM or head coach would make. I’m sure Pete will be making a move to draft T. Mays in the first round as well.
    49ers NFC West champs!

  7. nittanylion0 says: Mar 17, 2010 7:08 PM

    if i were Andy Reid, i wouldn’t do any more favors for the guy who asked me to sign Mike Vick

  8. FreeAgentPro says: Mar 17, 2010 7:10 PM

    “Whitehurst, a third-round pick in 2006, hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL.”
    Last I checked, the preseason does count on a QBs NFL resume. The experience does pay some dividends. In 2008, Cassell sucked so bad in the preseason that Pat fans were screaming for him to be cut. When he was thrown into the fire after Brady went down in the first game, he went on to have pretty decent season. Whitehurst has played in both of the last two preseasons for the Chargers, and thrown a few passes as well.

  9. BlueEyeDevils says: Mar 17, 2010 7:16 PM

    Another unproven white quarterback breaking the bank………
    If this bumm gets paid this much without even throwing an NFL pass, hell the Eagles will get 2 1st & a 2nd for Vick……………..
    Ha ha ha
    Looks like well of white quarterbacks is running dry and the draft doesn’t look like their is a supply of them in the waiting.

  10. enderlite says: Mar 17, 2010 7:20 PM

    mcnabb is now worth 3 1st rounders. thank you seattle

  11. Jeff0621 says: Mar 17, 2010 7:28 PM

    Love the comment by the 49ers fan…only problem is Whitehurst is better than any QB on the niners!

  12. FMWarner says: Mar 17, 2010 7:49 PM

    kingkolb says: March 17, 2010 7:02 PM
    i heard rumor of 3 way trade. mcnabb to seattle. julious jones and 6th overall pick to saints. reggie bush to seattle and NO 32nd overall pick to philly. I’m going to pick up Donovan’s new luggage that all of Philly chipped in to pay for…
    _____________________________________
    Yeah, all of Philly isn’t chipping in for that. I’m sure not.

  13. pudgalvin says: Mar 17, 2010 7:53 PM

    If I’m the 49ers, I trade a first rounder to the Eagles yesterday. Give them whichever pick they want, throw in a 2nd or 3rd next year, and take McNabb off their hands.
    Pick up Spiller or some O-line help with the pick that’s left, and I think you’ve got a serious contender there. You’ve got a real solid D, good qb, and good weapons.
    McNabb should give them 3-4 years decent play, and they can work on finding a qb during that time. Teams are way too nuts about their draft picks. Even with 2 first round picks, you’re odds of finding a decent player is still 50/50. Use one of those picks on a proven player at the most important position in football where you sorely lack talent. Boom, problem solved.

  14. brownsfn says: Mar 17, 2010 7:56 PM

    @ blue eyed devels…Vick is worthless and so are you, ya racist prick…
    By the way the QB position is a “thinking” position, meaning it takes brains too play…you can’s get by on just athleticism…soooooooooooo…

  15. Neoplatonist Bolthead says: Mar 17, 2010 7:58 PM

    This is an ok deal for Seattle and a good deal for San Diego. Whitehurst is a total unknown, but being #3 on San Diego’s depth chart is like being the poorest guy on the board of Google, so his being an unknown is kind of understandable. If it works, Seattle will have paid a low 2nd-rounder for a starting QB. If it fails, they’ll have blown a low 2nd-rounder, more-or-less negating the killer deal they made with Denver for the #14 pick.
    For the Chargers’ part, it’s replacing an extraneous player with an improved draft position and a 4th rounder next year: that’s always a good thing. The Bolts don’t even need a #3 QB. A #3 QB does three things.
    1) He may grow into the role of your starter’s replacement, but Rivers is too young for the team to be too concerned about the future of the franchise.
    2) He may compete with the #2 QB, but the Chargers aren’t going to shell out for a rookie who could go head-to-head with Volektric Billy, nor do they need to, since he’s a known quantity.
    3) He may be an emergency backup in case the #1 and #2 go down, but a) the Chargers OL does a good job with pass protection, reducing the odds this will happen, and b) there’s always Legedu Naanee.
    Why do they need to spend a roster spot on a clipboard-holder? It’d be much better to use the spot to protect a developmental OT, RB, LB, whatever, or to carry an extra DL.

  16. FlorioIsAlwaysWrong says: Mar 17, 2010 8:01 PM

    Jeff0621 says:
    March 17, 2010 7:28 PM
    Love the comment by the 49ers fan…only problem is Whitehurst is better than any QB on the niners!
    __________________________________
    Really? Seriously? I mean I get the point that Alex Smith, David Carr and Nate Davis are not all stars but I think you could easily make a case that all three are better and have more potential then this guy.
    Let the kid throw a pass in the regular season, them let him win a game or two and then let him win some on the road. Then we can compare him to mediocre QB’s in this league.

  17. BlueEyeDevils says: Mar 17, 2010 8:03 PM

    nittanylion0 says:
    March 17, 2010 7:08 PM
    if i were Andy Reid, i wouldn’t do any more favors for the guy who asked me to sign Mike Vick
    ————————————
    You mean like the idiot that told Chicago to trade all their high draft picks for the “Great Hope” Jay Cutler, who was promised to be the missing piece of the puzzle to take the Bears to the promise land……….. Ha ha ha
    Chicago, Denver, Cleveland, Carolina, Arizona, San Diego, etc., needs to stop recycling all those but “Great Hopes”.
    “The Black Quarterback” – The Future Of The NFL………………
    DEAL WITH IT…………
    Ha ha ha

  18. s.martin17 says: Mar 17, 2010 8:07 PM

    LOL!! I’m starting to believe we got the John Schnieder from “Dukes of Hazard”, and not the one from Green Bay!!
    Holmgren is problably laughing his a– off right now!!

  19. Franchise says: Mar 17, 2010 8:09 PM

    I’d hate to break it to both 49er and Hawk fans, but Arizona now has the best QB in the division.

  20. dogma1 says: Mar 17, 2010 8:10 PM

    For all the crap we give Al Davis, there really is a lot of teams that make dumb moves over and over. And this is one of them!

  21. Chapnasty2 says: Mar 17, 2010 8:15 PM

    @ blueeye
    Can we honestly get you thrown off of this site? Your racist nonsense is not only offensive but it is getting old.

  22. JaredAllen69 says: Mar 17, 2010 8:37 PM

    Charlie Whitehurst? Really? His ONLY claim to fame is his dad, David Whitehurst, was a QB for the Green Bay Packers. Yes, he sucked. Charlie probably will too.

  23. Calihawk says: Mar 17, 2010 8:37 PM

    Franchise says:
    March 17, 2010 8:09 PM
    I’d hate to break it to both 49er and Hawk fans, but Arizona now has the best QB in the division.
    ___________________________________
    I must have missed the report of Matt Hasselbeck was traded to AZ. Hasselbeck is the Hawks starter and is by far the best QB in the NFC West.

  24. Route36West says: Mar 17, 2010 8:40 PM

    I know exactly what your going to say when the Eagles end up doing what they said they were going to do by keeping all 3 qbs.
    Your going to say the Eagles priced themselves out of the market. They wanted to trade Mcnabb, Kolb, or Vick but they put the price tag to high so other teams moved on and then they couldnt find a partner. So now that they couldnt get a trade done they will act like they never tried to trade them and that they said it before that they werent going to. They have to say that to keep the qbs on the roster that they were trying to trade from getting disgruntled and creating a Scism.
    Your the type of person that makes excuse for everytime your wrong. Looking at your track record of being wrong this is usually the kind of half baked drivle you spew to try to cover yourself. I gurantee you push something like this once your proven wrong about the Eagles trading their qbs. It will be refreshing if Im wrong but I doubt it.

  25. sunflower100 says: Mar 17, 2010 8:50 PM

    BlueEyeDevils–
    What does a player’s race have to do with weather or not they will be a good QB?
    Apparently you have never heard of Tarvais Jackson./Jamarcus Russell. Why did the Vikings sign the interception King last year? Oh that’s right Jackson sucks. Only AL Davis thinks that Russell is a good QB.

  26. BlueEyeDevils says: Mar 17, 2010 8:58 PM

    brownsfn says:
    March 17, 2010 7:56 PM
    @ blue eyed devels…Vick is worthless and so are you, ya racist prick…
    By the way the QB position is a “thinking” position, meaning it takes brains too play…you can’s get by on just athleticism…soooooooooooo…
    ———————————-
    Speaking of “thinking” – that should be “to” and not “too” and “can’t” not “can’s”.
    Damn dude, “Hooked on Phonics” is not all that expensive………………
    Ha ha ha
    “The Black Quarterback” – The Future Of The NFL (Just like the NBA), coincidentally we know who is the all-time winningest coach……………
    Soooooooooo…… :)
    Ha ha ha

  27. emejia says: Mar 17, 2010 9:08 PM

    As a lifelong Chargers fan, I will go out on a limb and say that Charlie Whitehurst will have a break out year in this upcoming season. He has all the mechanics of a solid quarterback and the experience of working with one of the best quarterback “breeders” in Norv Turner. I am actually sad that he left. Chargers should’ve given up Billy Volek instead. Whitehurst is a Tom Brady waiting to happen. Mark my words.

  28. Garland Greene says: Mar 17, 2010 9:17 PM

    John David Booty is available maybe Carrol should reunite the old USC connection.

  29. KevinKolb4SB says: Mar 17, 2010 9:37 PM

    Any team in the NFC West that gets Mcnabb will win the division…

  30. Chapnasty2 says: Mar 17, 2010 9:39 PM

    GOD!!! Ban blueeyedevil for the love of everything holy!!

  31. Anarcho Purplism says: Mar 17, 2010 9:40 PM

    BlueEyeDevils = racist troll

  32. slipkid says: Mar 17, 2010 9:45 PM

    tjack vick and jabust all suck.
    if one isnt capable and/or doesnt put the work in, one wont succeed.
    there are plenty of white QBs working to succeed.
    if vick had worked years ago, like in the playoff collapse years of 2005/06, maybe he wouldnt be just another guy now.
    but he had less than zero character.
    get over it.
    and russell and jackson cant get it done.

  33. FumbleNuts says: Mar 17, 2010 9:54 PM

    Matt Hasselbeck is the starter and Mike Teel and Whitehurst will fight it out for #2.
    Whitehurst won’t beat our Matt to be the starter.

  34. wi4bret says: Mar 17, 2010 10:10 PM

    The seahawks are hoping Whitehurst is going to be another Bret Farve…third on the depth chart, unproven, but with the right coaches can be a star.

  35. SmackMyVickUp.com says: Mar 17, 2010 11:09 PM

    Turner is a QB breeder, but still offered a bit too much for an unproven guy. Then again picking a top 10 QB in draft would cost more.
    Hasselback will be injured week 3 if he is on the roster. He just can’t stay healthy.

  36. BlueEyeDevils says: Mar 17, 2010 11:10 PM

    - Warner……………Done
    - Favre……………. Done
    - Brady…………….Clocks Ticking
    - Manning………..Ticking
    - Brees…………….4-5 and Done
    That was a good run fellas, but all good things come to an end………….. Ha ha ha
    “The Black Quarterback” – The Future Of The NFL………………Deal with it guys……….
    Ha ha ha

  37. Ravage says: Mar 17, 2010 11:22 PM

    BlueEyeDevils says: March 17, 2010 8:58 PM
    Speaking of “thinking” – that should be “to” and not “too” and “can’t” not “can’s”.
    Damn dude, “Hooked on Phonics” is not all that expensive………………
    Ha ha ha”
    @blueeyedevils
    Not only are you an idiot, but you’re also a hypocrite. Your first post on this thread contained the misspelling of the word “bum” (you used the less prevalent “bumm”). You used “their” when you should have used “there”, and your overall grasp of grammar is at best on a second grader’s level (and a dumb second grader at that).
    Hooked on Phonics might not be that expensive, but it’s obviously out of your price range.
    To top it all off you’re also apparently racist. Man, your mother must be SOOOO proud of you.

  38. E.F.Cuttin says: Mar 17, 2010 11:32 PM

    Sorry blueeyedevil,
    but until the black QB puts as much time in the playbook as he does in the club(as a DJ,I see them all the time)that domination U speak of will not happen…

  39. BlueEyeDevils says: Mar 18, 2010 12:03 AM

    E.F.Cuttin says:
    March 17, 2010 11:32 PM
    Sorry blueeyedevil,
    but until the black QB puts as much time in the playbook as he does in the club(as a DJ,I see them all the time)that domination U speak of will not happen…
    ————————
    You mean like that Ghetto Thug Rapist Partier in Pittsburg?
    Ha ha ha

  40. nflfan86 says: Mar 18, 2010 12:46 AM

    Franchise says:
    March 17, 2010 8:09 PM
    I’d hate to break it to both 49er and Hawk fans, but Arizona now has the best QB in the division.
    ————————-
    Seriously buddy? Matt Leinart has thrown 14tds and 20 picks in 17 games. Derek Anderson has thrown 46tds and 45 picks in 39 games i believe. Neither has done enough to win over starting jobs over the last couple of years. Anderson was cut by Mike Holmgren. Arizona brought him in because they don’t really have faith in Leinart.
    Alex Smith has had 5 different cordinators since he has been in SF. He is now going to have a little consistency so he should do better this year.
    Hasselbeck has actually led his team to the Superbowl. If he actually has some protection this year he will be good. Not great but good.
    So you still think that Arizona has the best QB in the NFC West?

  41. mnmaverick says: Mar 18, 2010 1:29 AM

    Interesting that Carroll made no effort to trade for Leinart. Tells ya something.
    The Cards probably would have handed him away for a bag of corn chips.
    That might be why Whisenhunt has been so Jeckyll and Hyde on his plans for Leinart. He was hoping to trade him, had no success , doesn’t really have any other options on hand, so he did a 360 and said Matt was his guy.

  42. LighTsouT says: Mar 18, 2010 1:34 AM

    BlueEyeDevils:
    only thing I have to say is you’re an idiot. Black quarterbacks are the future? lol. Who’s the best black quarterback in college right now? The SuckEye’s Terrelle Pryce? Good luck with that one. Jake Locker, Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley, these guys are the future of the NFL. Who are they? They’re GOOD quarterbacks, they fit the prototypical NFL QB. But of course, the first thing you’ll see when I point these guys out is they’re white. But, I guess it’s okay if it works for you. Ignorance is bliss they say.
    @whoever said the Card’s had the best QB in the division now:
    Doubt it. I’m a Rams fan, so I seen all of these guys. I agree with whoever said Seattle has the best QB in the division in Matt Hasslebeck. This guy has been underrated his whole career. He’s gotten injured a lot over the last two seasons, but if his O-Line can keep em on his feet for once, I think the Seahawks win the division easily. Unless of course my Rams can keep Bulger/Bradford/Feeley/Null/whoever is behind center on their feet long enough to actually complete a pass. AND, if it is Bulger who’s the starting QB, he needs to stop being so damn fast to get the ball out. He’s got the David Carr syndrome where he’s getting rid of the ball way too early because he’s so scared to get hit.

  43. OscarMooseFarmer says: Mar 18, 2010 4:47 AM

    BlueEyeDevil is not even black…he is a white 14 year old kid sitting in a suburban basement with a bandana and his hat on backwards looking for attention. And we’re all giving it to him…

  44. marcduke says: Mar 18, 2010 10:37 AM

    I’ll tell you one thing I know – his dad David sure did suck.

  45. Lex Luger says: Mar 18, 2010 12:30 PM

    remember when the dolphin trades a second round pick for A.J. Feeley.
    This was similar move.

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