On Tuesday, we wrote about Pro Football Talk's speculation that Seattle would make a lot of sense as Kevin Kolb's eventual landing spot, assuming a new CBA is worked out by tomorrow, 5pm. Add ESPN's NFC West blogger and former Tacoma New Tribune writer Mike Sando to the Kolb-to-Seattle bandwagon.
I won't get into the throw-away stuff in the piece (like comparing the compensation the Seahawks gave the Packers 10 years ago for Matt Hasselbeck back in 2001, when the Seattle front office was completely different than its current makeup, and the market for QB's wasn't exactly the same), but Sando does make a few very good points, and the odds of Kolb landing in Seattle are beginning to grow, in my opinion:
Seattle's new offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell, spent the past five seasons in Minnesota under Reid's former offensive coordinator, Brad Childress. The offense Bevell plans to run in Seattle shares a heritage with the one Philadelphia had in mind for Kolb when the Eagles drafted him 36th overall in 2007.
Pro Football Talk also noted that connection, and it remains a good point.
"Seattle is the best fit for him in the division," (Matt) Williamson (of Scouts Inc.) said. "San Francisco and Arizona want to be more downfield passing teams as opposed to traditional West Coast. Seattle is going to be more and more West Coast. That is what they are built to do, what they are going to do, and what Kolb is going to do."
While I disagree with this weird perception everyone seems to have that Kolb can't throw the football more than 10 yards downfield, I do think that a passing game that heavily utilizes the intermediate stuff plays well into Kolb's strengths as a passer.
The Seahawks have positioned themselves well enough from a salary standpoint to use free agency if and when a salary cap returns. General manager John Schneider has said he'll be more aggressive than his mentor, Ted Thompson, in pursuing veterans. The team has ample resources to pursue what could be a longer-than-usual list of free agents. And the past year has shown the Seahawks will use the trade market without hesitation.
Those factors make it easier, in theory, to part with a draft choice for Kolb.
More importantly, those factors make it easier to sign Kolb to a long term deal once you trade for him.
As I noted a couple days ago, with Seattle, it all depends on what they think of Charlie Whitehurst. They see him in practice every day and have a better idea than anyone what they have in him. If they think Whitehurst can start in the NFL, a deal for Kolb is less likely. If they think Kolb is significantly better, then the Seahawks make a lot of sense.
Seattle's 2011 draft picks:
|4||2 (from Broncos)|
|5||26 (from Ravens)|
|6||8 (from Lions)|
|7||6 (from Browns)|