The Seahawks will host a tryout with four free agent quarterbacks this week, reports Mike Garafolo of USA Today Sports, with Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn, Tyler Thigpen and Seneca Wallace auditioning at the VMAC for a potential contract and chance to back up Russell Wilson in 2013.
The Seahawks reportedly tried to sign Matt Leinart two seasons ago but the former USC Trojan chose a secure backup job in Houston over a competition in Seattle at the time; he spent the 2012 season in Oakland. Leinart appeared in two games for the Raiders, throwing for 115 yards and 1 pick while completing less than 50% of his 33 attempts.
Wallace, 32, Matt Hasselbeck's old backup here in Seattle from 2003-2009, started three games for Cleveland in 2011, throwing for 567 yards with a 51% completion percentage, but the former Seahawk didn't play a regular season snap in 2012. One of the current front office's first moves when taking over the franchise was to trade Wallace away to Mike Holmgren in Cleveland.
Quinn, like Leinart another former first-round bust, started 8 games for the Chiefs in 2012, throwing for 1,141 yards, 2 TD and 8 interceptions with a 56.9% completion rate. Quinn's best performance was in a Week 13 win over Carolina, where the former Notre Dame star threw for 201 yards on 19 of 23 passing, 2 TD and no picks. The rest of his 7 starts, all losses for Kansas City, were not so successful.
Thigpen (28) hasn't started a game since 2010 but as we've covered here previously, had some success in Kansas City's 2008 pistol experiment. It's likely Seattle watched tape from that season and want to see how Thigpen looks these days.
Regardless, if Seattle signs any of the four QBs, they'll have to compete with recently re-signed Josh Portis for a likely roster spot, not to mention any Draft pick or UDFA QBs the Seahawks bring into camp.
In other news, Seattle will reportedly host free agent corner Antoine Winfield. According to Larry Hartstein of CBSSports, the 35-year old vet allowed zero touchdowns in coverage in 2012, and graded out as the NFL's best run-stopping corner. He'd offer depth and competition at the nickel corner spot that Walter Thurmond is tentatively slotted in, barring injury.