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January 7, 2009 11:29 AM

Wednesday's inane Hasselbeck musing comes from Minnesota

Posted by Danny O'Neil

This one comes courtesy of the Pioneer Press in Minnesota. Amazingly enough, it seems that Minnesota needs to find an answer at quarterback, which comes as a total and complete shock considering they started this season with Tarvaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte at the position. {Begin sarcasm} Who didn't think that would go just swimmingly?{/end sarcasm}

Well, here's one take from the Twin Cities on the QB quandary courtesy of Charley Walters. Thanks to a number of readers who pointed it out:

A more realistic and practical objective, though, might be to trade with Seattle for Matt Hasselbeck, 33, who probably would be available for a second-round draft pick. The Seahawks, 4-12 this season, need to rebuild.
   -- Charley Walters, Pioneer Press, Jan. 6, 2009

A quarterback one year removed from a career-best passing season with an eminently reasonable salary-cap number available for a second-round pick? Now, I'm sure that Minnesota would like for that to be the case. But that's not likely. Not even knowing that Hasselbeck has a bad back that limited him to less than half this season.

But wait, it gets better when you consider the other options that get outlined.

Houston's Sage Rosenfels, 30, for whom the Vikings were rumored to have offered a third-round draft pick last season, might be a third option and seemingly would compete with Jackson in training camp.
   -- Pioneer Press

So one year after the Texans turned down a third-round pick for their backup quarterback, the Seahawks are willing to trade their starter for a second-round pick. The math just doesn't line up on that one.

I've gotten absolutely no indication that Seattle would consider trading Hasselbeck for a second-round pick.

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