On the second day of the legal tampering period, the Seattle Seahawks have lost their backup quarterback from the 2018 season. The Arizona Cardinals and Brett Hundley have reportedly agreed to a one year deal worth $2M, with incentives that could take it to $3M, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The Seahawks acquired Hundley in late August in exchange for a sixth round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft. With Austin Davis and Alex McGough engaged in a wildly uninspiring backup quarterback competition, Hundley was brought in to solidify the spot behind Russell Wilson. Davis was released and is now back in Seattle on the coaching staff, while McGough was not offered a future contract in January and is now on the Jaguars.
Though trading away a sixth round pick for a quarterback who threw a grand total of zero passes for the team is less than ideal, his departure does benefit the Seahawks in another way, as pointed out by Nick Korte of Over The Cap:
Assuming that Brett Hundley signed for enough to qualify for the comp pick formula (probably about $1 million or more), the Seahawks can now sign a compensatory free agent without canceling out one of their four possible comp picks they currently hold. https://t.co/0luadI4fvk— Nick Korte (@nickkorte) March 12, 2019
Now, Hundley will presumably backup Josh Rosen, Kyler Murray or whoever else ends up underneath center in Arizona next season. Seattle has just Wilson and Paxton Lynch on the roster as quarterbacks currently.