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Morning links: Hawks under the microscope

Adam Caplan of Fox Sports takes a look at the Seattle Seahawks in his latest off-season review, and lists the needs for Pete Carroll’s team at quarterback, center, guard and defensive tackle.

Here’s a snippet of what Caplan had to say:

“Out of Seattle’s final five selections, fifth-round pick Richard Sherman is the most intriguing. He played wide receiver in his first three seasons at Stanford University, but moved to cornerback for his senior season. He has rare size for the position (6-2) and solid athleticism.

“While the Seahawks surprisingly didn’t select a quarterback in this draft, they remain interested in re-signing veteran Matt Hasselbeck. Should he sign elsewhere, look for the team to sign another veteran to challenge Charlie Whitehurst, who is the only quarterback currently under contract, for the starting job.”

Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network writes that bringing in Matt Hasselbeck as a free agent could be one of the riskier moves by a team looking for a veteran signal caller.

La Canfora:

“You won't find someone with better intangibles and he's a born leader. Still, he's pretty far along. Just look at the failed Donovan McNabb experiment in Washington as evidence for how these kinds of moves can go. Can Hasselbeck make it through one season unscathed, much less more than one? He's not as athletic as he used to be. I'd be looking to go younger and cheaper at this spot if possible.”

Gregg Rosenthal writing for Rotoworld ranks Hasselbeck No 24 among fantasy football quarterbacks all-time since 1995.

Brock Huard and Mike Salk of ESPN 710 Seattle discuss what possible moves the Seahawks will make once the lockout is over and free agency begins.

ESPN’s Mike Sando reads between the lines in comments Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll made in an interview I recently conducted. I can’t disagree with Sando’s thoughts here.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Shaun Alexander is a no-brainer selection to the 35th anniversary team.

Pat Kirwan of ranks the top linemen in the league. Russell Okung doesn’t make the top 25, but is considered by Kirwan as one of the young players that should be on the list in the near future.

Mike Freeman of CBS Sports writes that according to a source with intimate knowledge of the discussions, that negotiations between owners and players on a new CBA are 80-85 percent complete.

Mike Florio of says via a report from Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal that expectations of a quick settlement should be tempered.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter writes that according to a source talks almost blew up yesterday when tensions rose and anger grew. Lawyers involved in the process on both sides were asked to leave, resulting in talks getting back on track.

Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post outlines a 10-step program that players and owners must come to an agreement on during ongoing CBA negotiations.

According to Pro Football Focus, Seattle’s Chris Spencer ranks among the worst pass-blocking centers in the last three years.