Charlie Whitehurst is heading back to San Diego
Whitehurst, who Seattle acquired for a third-round pick (they also moved down in the second round), was one of Pete Carroll and John Schneider's first acquisitions, and a player they thought had the potential to be a starter. Matt Hasselbeck emerged as the clear starter in 2010, however, then in 2011 the thought was that Whitehurst would get his chance to battle for the starting job after Hasselbeck went to Tennessee, but instead the Seahawks signed Tarvaris Jackson and named him the starter right away.
Whitehurst's best moment as a Seahawk came in the final game of the 2010 regular season when he started for an injured Hasselbeck and helped Seattle to a NFC West-clinching win over St. Louis, completing 22 of 36 attempts for 192 and a touchdown. He showed more promise in 2011 when he replaced an injured Jackson in New York and threw for 149 yards and the go-ahead touchdown off the bench, good for a career-best 100.5 passer rating. That performance had some wondering if Whitehurst should get a chance to compete for the starting job, and he got an extended audition with Jackson recovering from a pectoral injury. But with a bye week to prepare, Whitehurst still struggled mightily in his next start, going 12 for 30 for 97 yards with an interception and a passer rating of just 35.0 in a 6-3 loss to Cleveland. He started the next game against Cincinnati, but with the offense struggling again, Jackson was put into the game despite being nowhere near 100 percent.
In his two seasons in Seattle, Whitehurst completed 54.2 percent of his passes while throwing for 805 yards, 3 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, good for a passer rating of 64.6. The two-year contract he signed with Seattle was up after the 2011 season, and it was expected that the Seahawks would move on without attempting to re-sign him.
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