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Seahawks kicking the tires on four veteran QBs

By Brady Henderson

The Seahawks have visits scheduled with four veteran quarterbacks as the team looks to replace recently traded backup Matt Flynn.

According to 710 ESPN Seattle's Brock Huard, the Seahawks have workouts scheduled for Monday with former first-round picks Matt Leinart and Brady Quinn as will Tyler Thigpen and former Seattle backup Seneca Wallace.

Not included in that group is Tim Tebow. According to 710 ESPN Seattle's Danny O'Neil, the Seahawks are no longer expected to pursue Tebow after exploring the possibility earlier in the offseason.

Leinart, 29, played for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at USC and was drafted 10th overall by the Cardinals in 2006. He lasted only four seasons in Arizona and has made one start over the past three seasons while playing for Houston and Oakland.

Like Leinart, Quinn has gone from a first-round bust to a nomadic backup. Drafted 22nd overall in 2007, he struggled in three seasons with the Browns before he was traded to Denver. Quinn, 28, never saw the field with the Broncos, but made eight starts last season for the Chiefs, completing 56.9 percent of his passes with two touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 60.1 QB rating in 10 games.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has acknowledged the appeal of having a backup with enough mobility to run read-option plays should starter Russell Wilson go down. That helps explain the Seahawks' interest in Wallace and Thigpen.

Wallace, 32, was a fourth-round pick by Seattle in 2003 and spent seven seasons as Matt Hasselbeck's backup before a 2010 trade sent him to Cleveland. Wallace made 14 starts for Seattle and seven over two seasons with the Browns. While he was primarily a backup in Seattle, the Seahawks took advantage of Wallace's athleticism by occasionally lining him up at wide receiver.

Thigpen, 28, has played for the Bills, Chiefs and Dolphins since entering the NFL as a seventh-round pick in 2007. He made 11 starts in 2008 with the Chiefs, completing 54.8 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 76.0 QB rating that season. Thigpen has a 5.9 yards-per-carry average and three career rushing touchdowns.


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