The Seattle Seahawks have acquired restricted free agent quarterback Charlie Whitehurst from the San Diego Chargers.
ESPN’s John Clayton reports the Seahawks and Chargers will swap 2010 second-round picks, with the Seahawks sending their third-round pick in the 2011 to San Diego to complete the deal for the fifth-year quarterback from Clemson.
Clayton adds that Whitehurst has also signed a two-year, $10M contract.
Whitehurst, who has yet to throw a pass in the NFL, was a restricted free agent tendered at the “Original Round” level, meaning the Chargers would be compensated with a third-round draft choice from any team that signed Whitehurst to an offer sheet that the Chargers declined to match. Since the Seahawks lack a third-round pick in 2010 (traded to the Philadelphia Eagles as part of the draft day trade that facilitated in the selection of Deon Butler), the Seahawks needed to negotiate compensation with the Chargers.
Usually designated the Chargers’ third-quarterback during his first four seasons in the NFL, Whitehurst’s lone official statistics are 13 yards rushing, including a 14-yard touchdown run against the Tennessee Titans in Week 2 of his rookie season. During pre-season action with the Chargers, Whitehurst is 104-of-197 (52.8%) for 1,031 yards, with 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, compiling a pre-season passer rating of 61.5.
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