Hasselbeck is nearing the end of his career and could be most valuable to a team with a strong supporting cast. Seattle is rebuilding with youth and hoping to identify younger candidates at the position.
That helps explain why management did not pursue the veteran quarterback with much vigor before the lockout, and why that will not change in the future. Hasselbeck is not returning, Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times reports, affirming recent speculation that the organization was heading in another direction.
The old adage about all good things coming to an end applies here. Evaluating this divorce, however amicable, hinges upon whether you think the good from Hasselbeck is ending now, or whether you think it ended several seasons ago -- and, of course, whether you think the Seahawks will be better off with whichever quarterback succeeds him as starter.
Minnesota's Tarvaris Jackson comes to mind as a likely alternative for Seattle. ESPN's Trent Dilfer dropped his name as a possibility months ago, citing connections between Jackson and the Seahawks' new offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell.
More to come on this one.