Hasselbeck confident he will return to Seahawks

There are no guarantees during the NFL lockout but Matt Hasselbeck is pretty sure he’ll be back with the Seattle Seahawks when the dust finally settles.

The Seahawks need to look for a quarterback of the future and they’ve been linked to Jake Locker for some time as a possible selection at the end of the first round. It doesn’t look like Charlie Whitehurst, acquired at this time last year, is a solution for the franchise, and prior to the lockout the Seahawks talked about bringing Hasselbeck back.

The 35-year-old has been the team’s starter for the last 10 seasons but he’s played just one complete 16-game season in the last five seasons.

“I’m definitely hopeful that I’ll be able to stay in Seattle,” Hasselbeck told Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe.

“I think it’s genuine, I think it’s sincere that they want me back, it’s just a matter of how badly,’’ he added. “I know that I would like to be there, I think I can help them keep going on what we’re building there, it’s just a matter if it fits into the new agreement and how they want to do things and whatever else they look at.’’

Hasselbeck would embrace the opportunity to work with a young quarterback this coming season, especially if it’s Locker.

“I feel like he’s the kind of guy who would be a great leader on a football team,” Hasselbeck said. “Just really, really gifted and talented. Almost off the charts with his strength and explosiveness and his running ability. I’ve just seen him play a little bit, but just an awesome guy to be around. He’s just got some of those qualities that you just can’t coach.

“And I understand it could be a reality with me this year, whether it’s with the Seahawks or wherever that I’m with a guy like that, a young guy.’’

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