While head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have both said it will be an open competition between Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn for the starting quarterback job, most league observers believe Flynn ultimately will win out because of the financial commitment the Seahawks have made.
But the Seahawks are doing a good job of getting the word out to the national media that the quarterback competition is legit.
In fact, according to his sources, Dan Pompei of the National Football Post says it would not be a surprise if Jackson won the starting job because of his solid play in the second half of the season.
Pompei: The Seahawks were the right place for Matt Flynn for a couple reasons. He isn’t being counted on to play like he did in the regular season finale for the Packers. In fact, he might not even be counted on to start. My Seahawks sources wouldn’t be surprised if Tarvaris Jackson beat him out, given that Jackson played pretty well the second half of the season. And the Seahawks still are looking at QBs in the draft. The other factor is Seahawks general manager John Schneider had special insight into Flynn. He was part of the Packers crew that drafted him, and he also is one of Mike McCarthy’s best friends in the business. After visiting with Flynn, Schneider told associates he was impressed with how Flynn had matured and how his leadership and confidence had grown since they were last together two years ago.”
With the NFL owners meeting set to begin on Monday in Palm Beach, Fla. Brian McIntyre has a nice breakdown of some of the issues that will be discussed. The meeting runs through Wednesday, and likely will include the announcement of compensatory picks.
Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the Saints have signed Atlanta free agent linebacker Curtis Lofton to a five-year deal, leaving one less landing spot for David Hawthorne in free agency and increasing the chances he returns to Seattle.
Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News counts the Seahawks among his winners this offseason so far.
Russ Lande of the Sporting News has the Seahawks selecting Luke Kuechly at No. 12 in his latest mock draft.
Scouting service Ourlads.com has Seattle selecting USC defensive end Nick Perry at No. 12 overall.