I have been getting a lot of crap for suggesting that the Seattle Seahawks might try to take Jimmy Clausen and that this whole McNabb tade might have increased the chances that the Chiefs will get a trade-back offer.
I’m not the only one who thinks this scenario is possible. Eric Williams of The News Tribune also thinks the Clausen to Seattle possibilities have increased.
So now it appears the possibility of Seattle drafting a quarterback early has increased. Both general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll said the Charlie Whitehurst trade did not eliminate the possibility of drafting a quarterback early. Seattle holds the No. 6 and No. 14 overall picks in the draft. And with Washington at No. 4 overall out of the quarterback running, the Seahawks would be next in line in terms of teams still looking for a quarterback of the future.
“Heck no,” Carroll told the Mike Mayock of the NFL Network after Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford’s pro day. “When you look at a guy like this (Bradford), he has a chance to make you for a long time. And I don’t know if we’ll ever get a chance at him, but we’d love the opportunity.”
Carroll knows Clausen intimately, recruiting the California native since he was a freshman in high school, so if anybody knows the Notre Dame product’s upside, it’s Carroll.
The Seahawks appear to have so many other needs that it would seem likely they would pass on taking a quarterback in the first round. However, if Seattle deems Clausen a potential franchise quarterback, they might take a shot at him at No. 6.
More after the jump.
The reason folks seem to think I am crazy is because the Seahawks traded for Charlie Whitehurst and gave him a largeish contract. CHARLIE WHITEHURST! Did that trade make any sense to any of you? It sure didn’t to me.
Look, the words straight out of Carrol’s mouth was that the Whithurst trade did not mean the Seahwaks wouldn’t take a QB. When they did trade for Whithurst, there was still a very good chance that the Redskins would take Clausen. They would have gone into the season with an injury prone QB (again) and no capable backup.
Well, that is all over now. If the Seahawks think Clausen is a stud, they have to seriously consider taking him. You don’t pass on a franchise QB to keep a 3rd round career backup in Whitehurst. I am not saying the Seahawks don’t think Whitehurst could be their QB of the future. They very well may.
But are you sure? Like, really, really sure? There are all kinds of ways the Seahawks could unload Whitehurtst if they wanted to. League GM’s have to take note of that and be cautious. The only way to guarantee themselves Clausen, is to trade with the Chiefs.
It will be interesting to see how the Seahawks play this.