RENTON, WA — It’s not legally finalized yet, but it’s virtually inevitable.
Charlie Whitehurst, a four-year pro out of Clemson and the third string quarterback from the San Diego Chargers, signed the Seahwks’ offer sheet of $10 million for two years and will likely join the Hawks as early as this week.
An offer like that for a guy who has never thrown a pass in the NFL has me convinced that I’m in the wrong profession.
The teams are expected to swap draft picks as part of the deal, including Seattle’s third round pick form 2011. Seattle does not have a third round pick this year.
What does this mean for Matt Hasselbeck? For now, Hasselbeck is still the starter. But a league source told a local Seattle sports talk radio station that Whitehurst would get a chance to compete this year for the starting spot and would likely see action next year if not this year. Whitehurst has appeared in just two games over his four years in San Diego with no pass attempts.
The forgotten man in all of this continues to be third string quarterback Mike Teel, the Seahawks’ 6th round selection from a year ago. Even with Seneca Wallace traded, Teel is unable to move up the depth charts with Whitehurst moving in.
As a senior at Clemson, Whitehurst threw for just over 2400 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was also picked off 10 times. He threw 17 interceptions as a junior to just seven scores.
Other player moves:
The Seahawks continue to change their roster as often as some people change their socks. Yesterday the Seahawks traded Darryl Tapp to Philadelphia for the Eagles’ fourth round pick this year and defensive end Chris Clemmons. Tapp was traded just one day after signing his free agent tender.
Seattle has also signed linebacker Matt McCoy to a one-year contract. McCoy, 27, spent the last two seasons in Tampa Bay after being a second-round draft selection by Philadelphia in 2005. He has started in 12 of the 47 games he’s played. He has recorded a pair of sacks, three forced fumbles and 97 career tackles.
A league source has informed Sportsradio 950KJR that offensive lineman Rob Sims has been told to stay away from the practice facility, speculating that Sims either has or is about to be traded.