Steve Young thinks Matt Hasselbeck could possibly land with the San Francisco 49ers. I, for one, would embrace such a move if made. Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area pointed out, Young has ties to Hasselbeck’s agent, David Dunn. Dunn could be influencing Hasselbeck in the 49ers direction. This could also be a ruse in order to completely mess with Seattle.
If Hasselbeck signs, the 49ers would get a veteran quarterback who knows the NFC West well and has plenty of big game experience. Sure he’s not the same as he was five years ago, but he still represents an improvement over Alex Smith and is a much better mentor for Colin Kaepernick. Hasselbeck is also very familiar with the West Coast offense and would be able to make the transition to Harbaugh’s offense quicker than Smith. Hasselbeck also has close ties to one of the 49ers’ new coaches, Bobby Engram, from their years playing together with Seattle.
When you look at this potential move, it makes a lot of sense. Hasselbeck has played under poor conditions his last few seasons in Seattle. He has had no offensive line and no running back to go with average receivers. Add to the mix his injury woes and you have the makings of a quarterback in need of a change of scenery. This is going to happen whether it’s the 49ers or another team; Seattle looks to be done with him. If he comes to San Francisco, he will inherit an offensive line which is improving and could potentially be very strong this season. He also would get a running back with the talent of Frank Gore and a receiving core with some promising young talent to go with a Pro Bowl tight end in Vernon Davis. I think Hasselbeck would do very well in a 49ers uniform, provided he can stay healthy; he gives the team their best chance to compete and potentially win the division.
Said Mike Sando of ESPN,
“The Seahawks weren’t interested in signing Hasselbeck to a deal that would have given him security beyond one season. Their reported interest in Tarvaris Jackson suggests the team could be ready to move on without Hasselbeck. I wouldn’t rule out a return to Seattle, but if the 49ers are interested, Hasselbeck would be wise to listen.”