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Does McNabb trade pave way for Hawks to take Clausen?

After several days of speculation, the Washington Redskins pulled off the blockbuster trade of the offseason within its division, landing Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb for the team's second round pick in this year's draft, No. 37 overall, and a third or fourth round pick in 2011.

Washington appeared hot and heavy for Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen in this year's draft, but now after bringing in McNabb the Redskins appear set at quarterback, with Jason Campbell and Rex Grossman still in the fold.

So now it appears the possibility of Seattle drafting a quarterback early has increased. Both general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll said the Charlie Whitehurst trade did not eliminate the possibility of drafting a quarterback early. Seattle holds the No. 6 and No. 14 overall picks in the draft. And with Washington at No. 4 overall out of the quarterback running, the Seahawks would be next in line in terms of teams still looking for a quarterback of the future.

“Heck no,” Carroll told the Mike Mayock of the NFL Network after Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford's pro day. “When you look at a guy like this (Bradford), he has a chance to make you for a long time. And I don’t know if we’ll ever get a chance at him, but we’d love the opportunity.”

Carroll knows Clausen intimately, recruiting the California native since he was a freshman in high school, so if anybody knows the Notre Dame product's upside, it's Carroll.

The Seahawks appear to have so many other needs that it would seem likely they would pass on taking a quarterback in the first round. However, if Seattle deems Clausen a potential franchise quarterback, they might take a shot at him at No. 6.

Clausen visited Washington over the weekend, and is scheduled to meet with Cleveland next.