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Morning links: Jackson vs. Kolb? You be the judge

Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Sunday will give Seattle Seahawks fans an opportunity to evaluate the team’s position to pass on Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb and sign Tavaris Jackson.

Of course, it’s not an apples to apples comparison. Kolb would have cost much more in terms of compensation via trade and a new contract extension to pry him from Philadelphia.

Kolb signed a five year, $64 million deal with the Cardinals, and Arizona gave up Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, along with a second-round pick in next year’s draft in the trade with the Eagles. Seattle instead chose to sign Jackson to a two year, $8 million deal.

But Sunday’s does provide a glimpse into what the future could have been for Seattle if they determined that Kolb was a franchise quarterback that could lead them to the Super Bowl.

Boling: “Jackson has not yet been the answer to the many problems the Seahawks have on offense, but he’s not been the most obvious limiting factor, either.

“When the Seahawks and Matt Hasselbeck failed to come to terms, they had to examine options. Could a team with as many needs as they had afford $13 million a year as well as a 2009 Pro Bowl cornerback and a second-round pick on Kolb, especially given the limited evidence of his potential?

“In the end, they signed Jackson for less than one-third that expense.

“And we may all judge the relative value off the approach on Sunday.”

Is Brandon Browner the Larry Fitzgerald stopper? He obviously has a lot to prove before earning that title. But Pete Carroll brought him in because of his length to matchup against big receivers like the five-time Pro Bowler.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that linebacker Matt McCoy has carved out a nice role defensively as Seattle’s third down and short yardage middle linebacker.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Raheem Brock was fined $15,000 by the league for his hit on Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

More Farnsworth: Some news and notes from Wednesday’s practice.

Rod Mar of has some cool photos from Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh.

Christian Caple of has comments from Pete Carroll weighing in on the fake injury controversy.

Jim Moore of ESPN 710 Seattle offers a rebuttal to Dave Wyman’s piece supporting Tarvaris Jackson, saying that the Seahawks cannot win with Jackson at quarterback.

Doug Kretz of Scouts Inc previews the Arizona-Seattle contest. You have to be an ESPN Insider to view this article.

Arizona Cardinals

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic writes that the Cardinals have been efficient running the ball so far this season. Beanie Wells has gained 183 yards on 32 carries in two games, his most productive efforts in consecutive games over his three-year career.

Darren Urban of writes that Kevin Kolb’s toughness has not gone unnoticed by his teammates.