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Morning links: More Hasselbeck-to-Tennessee talk

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean offers his thoughts on the possibility of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck joining the Tennessee Titans as a free agent in this conversation with Vinnie Iyer and Alisha Hood of the Sporting News.

Wyatt says with Titans personnel executives Mike Reinfeldt and Ruston Webster’s ties to Seattle, along with Hasselbeck’s developing relationship with Jake Locker, he believes Tennessee will go after the 35-year-old quarterback in free agency.

Wyatt: “They know Matt Hasselbeck. Likely Jake Locker knows Matt Hasselbeck because he’s worked with him some ways, been out in Washington. I think they’ll make a run at Hasselbeck first just to see his interest and just to see what’s going to shake out there in Seattle. If his future with the Seahawks continues. If they can make that work, that could happen. If not, I think it’s Kerry Collins.”

Wyatt also expresses skepticism that Vince Young will get things turned around after his inevitable release from Tennessee.

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post examines how teams examine mental and emotional issues for players in the draft, including ADD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, bi-polar and anxiety/depression.. Pompei writes that Seattle is one of two teams that works with performance psychologist Dana Sinclair, who evaluates prospects in the pre-draft screening process. If one of Sinclair’s clients acquires a player with a learning disability, she draws up a plan to help the player.

Clare Farnsworth of takes a look at some of the franchise’s memorable dates in July, including Steve Largent’s induction into the Hall of Fame.

Former Seahawks head coach Jim Mora and his farther are part of a USO tour of NFL contingent of current and former head coaches traveling overseas to speak to U.S. troops.

Len Pasquarelli of the Sports Xchange has some interesting stuff in his latest tip sheet, including the fact that Seahawks free agent center Chris Spencer could generate some interest once free agency begins because of the lack of depth at center in the open market.

Andy Benoit writing for the New York Times’ Fifth Down Blog writes that Russell Okung is on the cusp of becoming one of the top 10 offensive tackles in the league.

Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders takes a look at team’s success using empty-set backfields. The Seahawks were in the middle of the pack using empty sets, but in the top 10 in terms of their effectiveness in that formation.