Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Seattle's backup QB decision
By Tim Kavanagh
UPDATE: As noted below, the Seattle Seahawks targeted Brady Quinn as their backup to Russell Wilson, and they reached agreement with the former Cleveland Browns QB on Tuesday. Odds are that the Seahawks will bring in some competition for Quinn via the draft or free agency, so they can have more depth at QB in case Wilson is felled by injury in 2013.
- Tom Carpenter
UPDATE: It appears that the Seahawks are closing in on one of their four contestants to be the next backup to Russell Wilson.
According to ESPN's Ed Werder, Seattle was "most impressed" with Brady Quinn out of the four that auditioned on Monday; as a result, they'll pursue a deal with the Notre Dame product.
When the Seattle Seahawks elected to deal backup QB Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders, it left them with a void as the primary backup to Russell Wilson. One possibility for the vacancy was Josh Portis, who was with the club in 2012, while a long list of others had also been linked to the position. It remains to be seen whether Seattle will go with a player with familiarity with the read-option aspect of their offense -- such as Tyler Thigpen or Vince Young -- or a more traditional pocket passer.
Young's name has been taken out of the mix for several days now, but Thigpen is amongst a gang of four who is visiting the club in the hopes of catching on as their new No. 2. According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, the list also includes former Seahawks backup Seneca Wallace, Brady Quinn and former USC passer Matt Leinart.
Though there's always the risk of injury for the QB when he's running all over the field, Wilson was remarkably durable during his rookie campaign. So while it's important to have a backup with whom the coaching staff is confident, this individual may not see all that much action beyond the preseason if Wilson's injury-avoidance trend continues.