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Seattle Seahawks acquire QB Charlie Whitehurst

The team was in need of a backup quarterback after trading away Seneca Wallace. From AP-

The Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers have completed a trade that sends third-string Chargers quarterback Charlie Whitehurst to Seattle for draft picks, according to sources.Charlie Whitehurst

The Seahawks swapped the 40th pick in the second round with San Diego’s 60th pick and also will send the Chargers a third-round pick in the 2011 draft.

Seattle, meanwhile, has signed Whitehurst to a two-year, $8 million contract, with $2 million more in incentives.

The Chargers now have three third-round picks in 2011. They earlier acquired the New York Jets’ third-round pick next year in exchange for cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

Whitehurst, a restricted free agent with third-round compensation, has had only four NFL snaps and has not thrown a pass in a regular-season game.

A 3rd rounder for a NFL player who has been around 4 years and not thrown a pass seems a steep price to me. There are plenty of backup quarterbacks, and many of them are that way because when given a chance to start, these players have failed. Now Seattle can be thinking Whitehurst hasn’t had an opportunity to show himself and that’s why they decided to gamble on him rather than a Sage Rosenfels or a Cleo Lemon. If that is so, I can understand the move to a degree but still think a 3rd rounder is a little too much of a gamble.

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