With the NFL's trading deadline less than a week away, the Seahawks should use this opportunity to make some moves to bring in some new blood that can improve the team going forward. That's why I am suggesting Seattle should take a long look at………Browns beleaguered QB Brady Quinn.
I know, I know, the Seahawks already have a quarterback, and a good one at that, in Matt Hasselbeck. However, Hasselbeck is 33 and, if we learned anything over the past two seasons, he's not exactly made of steel. Hasselbeck is great for the present, but what about the future? Seneca Wallace? He'll be 30 in August, and he hardly proved to be the heir apparent in his three game stint as starter this season. Remember, Seattle almost pulled the trigger on using the 4th overall pick on Mark Sanchez to be Hasselbeck's successor in April, and with Hasselbeck's contract up at the end of next season, what would be a better time than now to bring in Seattle's QB of the future?
Sure, Quinn hasn't set the world on fire in Cleveland but, really, who can? There's a reason this team will be drafting its third first round QB in 10 years. They stink. Look at their draft history: Courtney Brown, Gerard Warren, William Green, Tim Couch? Out of the NFL. Kellen Winslow? Traded to Tampa Bay this past April after a slew of issues on and off the field during his Browns career. Braylon Edwards? Dealt to the Jets last week after using his stone hands to knock out one of LeBron James' best friends. Nobody succeeds in Cleveland. That's why LeBron will be a Knick by this time next year.
Meanwhile, the Browns seem poised to give up on Quinn which is just another dumb move in a long line of stupid moves. Quinn's 25 and he's started all of 6 games in his young career. There aren't many quarterbacks who are Pro Bowlers in their first 6 starts, especially guys with the lack of talent around them that Quinn has had. When Drew Brees first started out in San Diego, he was so bad the Chargers traded for Phillip Rivers. All Brees did after that was become one of three best QBs in football. Prior to his Super Bowl win in 2007, New Yorkers were ready to throw Eli Manning under a bus. Now, he's the face of the franchise. If the Browns are willing to sell Quinn for 10 cents on the dollar, the Seahawks should pounce. The Browns traded Edwards(a player with better credentials than Quinn) to the Jets for a 3rd, a 5th, a fourth receiver and a special teams linebacker. If Seahawks GM Tim Ruskell can snag Quinn for a 3rd or a 4th, that would be a huge steal. They could even throw in Wallace to be Derek Anderson's backup.
Look, we all know the Seahawks have pressing issues on the offensive line, fresh off losing its third offensive tackle after putting Brandon Frye on injured reserve, but there's nobody out there. You find me a solid left tackle on the trading block that the Seahawks wouldn't have to sell the farm for and I'll eat every last word of this blog. Let's face it, if that guy was out there, he'd be suiting up for Jim Mora right now. Quinn is the biggest name on the trading block and 25-year old franchise quarterbacks that can be had for relatively cheap don't happen often. The alternative to finding Hasselbeck's successor would be going the route they almost went last spring with Sanchez, and finding a successful quarterback in the first round of the draft is always a crap shoot.
Just ask the Cleveland Browns.
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Written by Dave Leonardis
Born and raised in New Jersey, I've been writing since I was 10 and blogging since I was 18. I'm a huge sports nerd, following football, baseball and basketball in particular in close detail. My style is very upfront. I don't pull punches and I'm not shy about criticizing anything I feel deserves a proper tongue-lashing. If you're looking for someone who says what he wants, when he wants, then look no further than this guy right here.