The Seahawks say they want to keep Matt Hasselbeck, and the veteran quarterback says he wants to stay.
Seattle can show much they want to keep him by aggressively pushing to sign him in February before the labor mess hits.
“My hope is we could maybe do something before [March], but again, that’s not up to me,” Hasselbeck said via the Seattle Times Monday.
NFL teams can hide behind waiting for a labor agreement before making plans for 2011, but it’s ultimately a copout. The Seahawks are proof. They’ve already re-signed receivers Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu to long-term deals this month.
Hasselbeck’s contract is undoubtedly trickier, but not impossible. If re-signing Hasselbeck was truly one of the team’s biggest priorities this offseason, they could push hard to get a deal done before a possible lockout.
We suspect it’s more likely Hasselbeck will have to wait much longer to find out his fate for next season.