One of the main storylines I’ll be following closely this week is the Seattle Seahawks quest to upgrade the quarterback position, which is discussed in today’s preview of the NFL Scouting Combine.
In his first year in Seattle, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson finished 7-7 as a starter, played most of the season with a torn pectoral muscle on his throwing shoulder, finished the season with five projected starters on the season-ending injured reserve and finished with a solid 85.3 passer rating in the final eight games.
Yet most folks would like Seattle to find a replacement for Jackson either in the draft or free agency.
No doubt, the Seahawks will be players in the Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn free-agent sweepstakes. But because they have a quarterback on the roster they believe they can consistently win with, don’t expect the Seahawks to make any desperate moves or overpay for a quarterback.
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We’ll get a chance to ask Seahawks general manager John Schneider about the quarterback position and other team issues today; he’s scheduled to talk this afternoon.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com talks with Schneider, who says he’s proud about the players Seattle has selected in his first two years with the team.
ESPN’s John Clayton lists figuring out the quarterback hierarchy as one of his 10 things to watch for at this week’s combine.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Green Bay has signed talented tight end Jermichael Finley to a two-year, $15 million deal, leaving open the option of franchising and trading backup quarterback Matt Flynn.
Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports that Alabama running back Trent Richardson had minor knee surgery and will not workout at the combine this week.
Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network explains why Seattle’s coin flip with Kansas City for the No. 11 and No. 12 overall pick is important because it will affect the pressure points for possible trading partners early in the draft.
Frank Cooney of NFLDraftScout.com provides the top 64 players heading into this week’s combine. No surprise that Andrew Luck is at the top of the list.