With one vintage performance, Matt Hasselbeck pushed himself to the front of the veteran quarterback-for-hire list of potential free agents in the offseason.
The Seahawks quarterback has said he wants to retire in Seattle and he still has plenty of work to do in the postseason. But Charlie Whitehurst is in place there and its quite possible another team will value Hasselbeck more this offseason.
Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune makes the case for the Vikings as a logical fit for Hasselbeck. We’d throw out Cleveland (Mike Holmgren), San Francisco, Washington, and Arizona as other decent fits. Teams like the Dolphins and Titans could make sense depending on the coordinator there.
Seahawks fans are probably thinking: Are we talking about the same guy that threw44 interceptions to 34 touchdowns the last three regular seasons?
Just remember that Jake Delhomme got $7 million last offseason from Holmgren. Hasselbeck’s stock is higher. Kurt Warner’s stock was certainly lower when he signed with the Giants and Cardinals. This is a quarterback desperate league and the free agent crop doesn’t look inspiring.
In one game, Hasselbeck made the case to Seattle that he’s worth keeping around a little longer.
He also made it tougher for them to keep him.