Schneider: Seahawks talking contract with Hasselbeck

Posted Feb. 25, 2011 @ 1:36 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

INDIANAPOLIS — Seahawks GM John Schneider said contract negotiations are going well with QB Matt Hasselbeck.

Schneider, who called Hasselbeck "Mr. Seattle" in his chat with the media at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday, said there has been plenty of talk between the sides as they work out the parameters of a new deal.

"You know what? It's going good," Schneider said. "We're having great dialogue."

Schneider didn't try to diminish the value of Hasselbeck or the position he plays.

"I think you've heard me say it before: The head coach and the quarterback are the most important people in the building," he said. "I would say we're having good dialogue."

The Seahawks have protected themselves for the future at the position, too. The team made a trade prior to Draft Day in 2010 to land Charlie Whitehurst from the Chargers, and the thought was that he would be the favorite to win the QB job last season despite minimal experience in the NFL prior to that.

But Hasselbeck was the choice for head coach Pete Carroll, and he turned in a so-so season statistically at age 35, with 12 TD passes and only 17 interceptions with five lost fumbles. That said, Hasselbeck retained the starting job until Week 17, when the Seahawks fended off the Rams to win the NFC West.

Schneider said Whitehurst showed a lot in the win.

"Charlie had the one game and he did a good job," Schneider said. "He just hasn't had the opportunities that other people have had. I think the St. Louis game was a perfect example. It was really the first week they put a nice game plan together for him, and it was a huge game for him.

"(Playing) those two games at the end of the year, they don't get any better than that and that's what Pete has been preaching — for a championship atmosphere. And Charlie stepped into a championship atmosphere that night. But we're always going to be trying to find those guys to compete at that position. It's the most important position on the team."