Hasselbeck The Fallback Option for Vikings

Two days after the Minnesota Vikings lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round of the 2008 NFC Playoffs, Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press began beating the drum for the Vikings to acquire quarterback Matt Hasselbeck from the Seattle Seahawks.

"A more realistic and practical objective, though, might be to trade with Seattle for Matt Hasselbeck, 33, who probably would be available for a second-round draft pick. The Seahawks, 4-12 this season, need to rebuild.", Walters wrote on January 6, 2009, in a column that no longer appears available on their website. Fortunately, Danny O'Neil's blog post for the Seattle Times remains active.

Instead, the Vikings signed Brett Favre, went 12-4 during the regular season before losing in overtime to the eventual Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints in the 2009 NFC Championship Game.

With Grandpa Favre still undecided about playing in 2010, and Donovan McNabb off the market, Walters suggests that Hasselbeck may be the fallback option at quarterback for the 2010 Vikings, should Favre retire.

"The Seahawks under new coach Pete Carroll appear to be rebuilding. Hasselbeck turns 35 in September. Carroll last month traded for Charlie Whitehurst, 27, who had been San Diego's backup QB.

It seems likely that Favre, 40, minus training camp, will be back with the Vikings, but with this guy, you still never know. If the Seahawks make Hasselbeck available for the right deal, a trade would be expected either immediately before or after the April 22-24 NFL draft. "

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