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Seahawks leaving no QB stone unturned

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By Dan Arkush

There's no denying the Seahawks have quarterbacks on the brain after saying goodbye to longtime backup Seneca Wallace and reportedly thinking about saying hello to a host of intriguing signalcallers, including God-fearing Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow from the college ranks and Eagles star QB Donovan McNabb from the pro ranks. The names of McNabb and fellow Eagle Kevin Kolb were brought up Tuesday in a radio appearance in Philadelphia by ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, who indicated new Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has been calling the Eagles "nonstop" to inquire about the two quarterbacks.

Sources close to the scene agree that Kolb seems like a much more likely alternative than McNabb, with Carroll quickly going on record as a staunch supporter of incumbent starter Matt Hasselbeck, at least for the short term. While McNabb would no doubt become the Seahawks' new starter if he were to join Seattle, Kolb would shape up as a very promising heir apparent to Hasselbeck. Some team insiders believe the same could be said about Tebow, who is starting to look like a strong candidate for the team's second-round pick after agreeing to hold a private workout for both the Seahawks and the Bills. Adding to the intrigue at the QB position is newly available Derek Anderson, who was released by the Browns after Cleveland traded for Wallace in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick in 2011.

As for Wallace, it appears he might have gained a new lease on life as a possible starter after being reunited in Cleveland with former Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren, who we hear was really looking for a signalcaller who was comfortable with his system. By all accounts, Wallace regressed last season after having trouble learning the Seahawks' new system under Jim Mora and Greg Knapp, and we hear there were concerns about him having to grasp yet another new system under Carroll and new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates. "It was a good move for both parties," said one team insider of the Wallace trade.


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