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Morning links: Keep Hasselbeck

Even though he sputtered through another so-so season that included a one-month stretch with 10 interceptions and three fumbles, Dave Boling of The News Tribune believes Matt Hasselbeck’s miraculous turnaround in the playoffs showed enough for the team to bring him back as a bridge to the quarterback of the future.


“If you can sign him for a reasonable cost for a couple of years, you can draft a prospective replacement and let him be groomed by Hasselbeck. He has said he has no problem with that, and understands that’s a part of the game.

He won’t just step aside, but he also won’t be an obstruction. He might be the ideal veteran to teach a young quarterback what it takes to be a professional – in all the ways that are important.

“I want to win … I’d love to do it here,” Hasselbeck said in a radio interview last week.

Hasselbeck is one of those players with enough perspective to understand that a career is about more than contract figures. But if a competitive team comes calling with a high salary in mind, he’d have to listen.

And that’s why it’s crucial for the Seahawks to fully communicate their plans, and convince Hasselbeck of his value here.

Seahawks returner Leon Washington was named to second-team All-Pro as a returner by the Associated Press.

Rob Rang of says another quarterback wearing the No. 10, Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick, not Washington’s Jake Locker, show accuracy and nice throwing touch on the first day of Senior Bowl practice.

Mike Mayock of the NFL Network explains what Locker has to work on in this video link.

Tony Pauline reports for Sports Illustrated that there’s talk down at the Senior Bowl that Seattle could be interested in trading for Carson Palmer should Cincinnati make him available in a trade.

Doug Farrar of discusses some of the positions Seattle needs to address heading into this week’s Senior Bowl.

ESPN’s Mike Sando selects Chris Clemons, Earl Thomas and Marcus Trufant for his All-NFC West defense, while the Seahawks had no one selected on the All-NFC West offense.