Seahawks agree to terms with quarterback Quinn

Four quarterbacks worked out for the Seahawks Monday, and apparently former first-round pick Brady Quinn stood out in a group that also included Matt Leinart, Seneca Wallace and Tyler Thigpen.

The Seahawks and Quinn agreed to terms on a contract Tuesday and Quinn will compete to be the backup to starting quarterback Russell Wilson.

Quinn, 28, came into the league as the No. 22 overall pick out of Notre Dame, and after three seasons in Cleveland he was traded to Denver. Quinn spent last season in Kansas City, starting eight games. In his career, Quinn has completed 53.8 percent of his passes for 3,043 yards, 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, good for a passer rating of 64.4.

Adding Quinn does not provide a definitive answer to the question of who will back up Wilson in 2013. The Seahawks signed Josh Portis last week, and while Portis is far less experienced that Quinn, he is familiar with Seattle’s offense having spent the 2011 season as the team’s No. 3 quarterback and last season on the practice squad before being released in November. Portis also has the big arm and athleticism to run a similar offense as Wilson.

The Seahawks may very well add a quarterback in this month’s draft as well. General manager John Schneider has said numerous times that he likes the approach of drafting a quarterback every year regardless of need. That strategy paid off for Green Bay, Schneider’s previous employer, giving the Packers valuable trade commodities like Matt Hasselbeck, Mark Brunell and Aaron Brooks, all of whom were taken after Brett Favre had established himself as the team’s franchise quarterback. And all things being equal, the Seahawks might prefer a young backup quarterback like Portis or a rookie over a six-year veteran in order to save cap space.

Herald Writer John Boyle: jboyle@heraldnet.com.

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