With all of the speculation surrounding free agent quarterbacks and those who might be available via trade during these locked-out times, one name who hasn’t been setting the rumor mill abuzz is Matt Leinart.
That changed (a little) Thursday when the Los Angeles Daily News reported the Seahawks have spoken to the former USC quarterback about rejoining former coach Pete Carroll.
With opinions seemingly changing daily about the return of Matt Hasselbeck, if he signs elsewhere the Seahawks could be in position to need someone to offer some type of challenge to Charlie Whitehurst. Stranger things have happened, although Carroll did pass on Leinart when he was released by the Cardinals. Could Leinart get his last NFL chance in Seattle?
NFL Network’s Brian Billick views the Seahawks as a “developing team” and threw out some caution against the potential reunion.
“Carroll obviously had a great deal of success with Leinart,” Billick said. “But obviously there’s a body of work to look at now. I think Carroll would have to be very careful about bringing Leinart into his locker room, (with) the perception that he was his guy at USC. The Seahawks traded for Whitehurst, giving up a third-round draft choice, and don’t know if they’re going with Hasselbeck. It might put Carroll down a path I’m not sure he wants to go.”
The Seahawks’ organizational priorities became apparent when they bypassed a quarterback with their first two picks in favor of offensive linemen. The Seahawks have options through a trade or free agency if Hasselbeck falls through, even leaning on Whitehurst for a season.
With all of the moving pieces, Leinart still seems like an afterthought.