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Morning links: Kolb’s true value

Derek Stephens of The Blue Bird Herd provides an interesting analysis of Philadelphia quarterback Kevin Kolb’s true value vs. his market value with free agency and trading season looming once the lockout is resolved.

Stephens argues that Kolb’s true value is more likely a second to fourth round pick, but that his market value is being inflated to a first round pick or more because of the high demand for a franchise quarterback.

Stephens: “Could Kolb be a good fit? Sure. And I think he could be worth going after, at the right price. It just so happens though, that he can’t be got at the right price, if it takes a 1st and a 3rd (or more) to get him. Maybe a 2nd and a 5th or a 3rd and a 4th could be justifiable.

“Not gonna happen.

“Simply put, this deal should not be made. Franchise QBs are hard to come by, sure. But Kolb is far from that now and far from a guarantee to be that in the future. Bring back (Matt) Hasselbeck for 2 years, let (Charlie) Whitehurst play (or sit) out his remaining year, draft a QB next year and let him sit under Matt for a year. In the meantime, someone more proven could very well come along on the trade market between now and 2013.”

I talked with Edward Cole of Football News Now about the Seahawks’ upcoming season, which you can listen to in this audio link.

Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network writes that Kerry Collins announcing his retirement raises the possibility of Matt Hasselbeck landing in Tennessee.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc ranks Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons as the fifth best player in the NFC West. Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald is the top-rated player, followed by San Francisco’s Patrick Willis, Justin Smith and Vernon Davis.

More Williamson: Brandon Mebane comes in as the seventh best player in the NFC West, and Russell Okung is No. 8. Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne is No. 15.

Clare Farnworth of takes a look at the 1990 team.

Rob Phillips of previews his team's Week 8 contest against Seattle.

Seahawks offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus held a free football clinic for developmentally disabled kids back in Colorado. Story also includes a video of Polumbus working with the kids. Pretty cool.

Adam Schein of Fox Sports picks Steve Largent over Walter Jones as the greatest player in Seahawks history in the video below.

Once again, Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post provides an excellent run down of what is happening behind the season as the labor negotiations move to an important day today, with both sides trying to save the preseason.

Meanwhile, as the two sides negotiate, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in favor of the league that the lockout is legal.

Jack Becta of the National Football Post says NFL owners could learn a thing or two from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. While on the surface Cuban does not seem a very likable guy, I talked with him several times while covering the Sonics and his honesty is refreshing, along with the fact that he’s one of the few owners of a major sports franchise that will actually respond to your email.

NFL owners should take a close look at how he engages his team’s fan base, along with his willingness to do whatever it takes to win.