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Carroll on Hasselbeck, Marshall
According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that Seahawks general manager John Schneider has had talks with the Denver Broncos about restricted free agent wide receiver Brandon Marshall. The Seahawks have also talked to Kennard McGuire, Marshall's agent.
"There has been some talk," Carroll said during the NFC coaches breakfast this morning at the league meetings in Orlando. "John has handled that so far. But it's very preliminary."
Marshall visited the Seahawks over two weeks ago, and the Seahawks have yet to sign the two-time Pro Bowler to an offer sheet, an indication that they're unwilling to part with the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Marshall excelled in a Broncos' offense that new Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates will run a version of in Seattle, and two other coaches from the Broncos' staff--Jedd Fisch and Pat McPherson--are also on Bates' offensive staff.
"Those guys all know him so they gave us unique insight on how he can fit into our offense and what he can do to help us," Carroll said.
Hasselbeck Is "Our Guy"
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has said quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is "our guy", and that they plan on developing recently acquired quarterback Charlie Whitehurst.
Hasselbeck has started 117 of the 124 games he's been active for the Seahawks over the last nine seasons. Hasselbeck bounced back from an injury-plagued 2008 season to start 14 games and, when healthy, is easily the best quarterback in the NFC West now that Kurt Warner has retired.
With one season left on Hasselbeck's contract, and Carroll wanting to instantly infuse a winning atmosphere within the Seahawks organization, which has gone 9-23 over the last two seasons, there's very little reason for the Seahawks to change starting quarterbacks at this juncture, especially for Whitehurst, who has never attempted a pass in a meaningful NFL game.
A lot of talk has been centered on the contract offered to Whitehurst, who signed an allegedly unprecendented two-year, $8M contract, which can rise to $10M via incentives. Whitehurst's base salary in 2010 is just $2M, or $500K more than what Seneca Wallace was to earn as Hasselbeck's backup this season.
In 2011, which Hasselbeck is not signed for, Whitehurst's base salary doubles to $4M.
How much of Whitehurst's deal is guaranteed is unknown, but if Whitehurst models a sideline hat all season, he'll do so while earning, at most, $4M in total compensation. $4M is not "de facto starting quarterback" money in any season, let alone one that is uncapped. It's also far less than the $6.75M in total compensation Hasselbeck will earn this season, which includes the $1M roster bonus they paid him on March 11.
In addition to writing for NorthwestFootball.net, Brian McIntyre blogs daily at Mac's Football Blog. You can follow Brian on Twitter, and if you'd like to e-mail him, you can always do so by clicking here.
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