Seahawks to host four free agent quarterbacks for backup job

4/7/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Seattle Seahawks their starting quarterback locked with Russell Wilson and re-signed the team’s 2011 third-string quarterback Josh Portis. But now, after trading Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders a week ago, the Seattle Seahawks are looking to fill the gap at backup quarterback to Russell Wilson into the 2013 season.
The possibility of Josh Protis taking a shot at gaining the backup quarterback position hasn’t faded yet. But under any scenario he will likely have to compete against at least a veteran and perhaps a rookie for the backup job.
 The Seattle Seahawks are expected to workout free agent quarterbacks Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn, Tyler Thigpen and Seneca Wallace for the backup quarterback job with the team sometime this week.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is familiar with Matt Leinart, whom he coached at USC. The Seattle Seahawks also reportedly pursued Matt Leinart in 2011, before he signed a one-year contract for the second-consecutive season with the Houston Texans. The former Heisman Trophy winner never lived up to his draft expectations after the Arizona Cardinals selected Matt Leinart  10th overall in the 2006 NFL draft. After a breakout rookie season, Matt Leinart totaled only six starts in his last three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Matt Leinart spent following two seasons with the Houston Texans and one with the Oakland Raiders in a backup capacity.
Matt Leinart started 11 games while completing 57.1 percent of his passes for 4,065 yards, 15 touchdowns, 21 interceptions and a 70.2 passer rating over a seven-year NFL career.
However, Seneca Wallace could also be a likely backup quarterback to the Seattle Seahawks, with whom he ended a seven-year collaboration in 2009. This could be the former fourth-rounder, Seneca Wallace’s second-stint with the Seattle Seahawks, after being traded and spending two seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Seneca Wilson is also capable of running the read option offense due to prior experience.
Meanwhile, Tyler Thigpen hasn’t started a single game since 2010, and saw action with the Buffalo Bills in seven games in the last two seasons. The 28-year-old Tyler Thigpen still ran an option offense at Coastal Carolina and could easily fill in for Russell Wilson while he’s sidelined by injuries at any point in the season. Additionally, Tyler Thigpen had some success in pistol attack with the Kansas City Chiefs during 2008.
The 38-year-old Brady Quinn spent three season in Cleveland after being picked in the first round by the Browns. His trade to Denver Broncos last only two season as Brady Quinn signed with the Kansas City Chiefs last year. Last season, Brady Quinn started eight games, but threw just two touchdowns and eight interceptions at a passer rating of 60.1.
Regardless which of the four quarterbacks win the lottery with the Seattle Seahawks, they’d not only have to compete against Josh Portis but also with Draft pick or UDFA quarterbacks for a roster spot during training camp.
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