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Report: Seahawks to check out four potential backup QBs

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The Seattle Seahawks will be holding auditions this week for their backup quarterback job. Or so it seems.

The Seahawks are expected to bring in Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn, Seneca Wallace and Tyler Thigpen for a two-day workout and visit starting Monday, USA Today reported Sunday.

After former backup Matt Flynn left last week in a trade with the Oakland Raiders, the Seahawks are searching for a replacement quarterback behind starter Russell Wilson.

All four candidates have NFL experience.

Leinart has never lived up to expectations coming out of Southern California as the No. 10 overall pick in 2006. He has kicked around the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans and Raiders. But there is some familiarity there. Leinart played for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at USC.

Quinn has followed a similar career path. He flamed out as the Kansas City Chiefs' starter last season, throwing eight interceptions and only two touchdown passes. Before that, the former Notre Dame quarterback spent time with Denver and Cleveland.

Wallace was drafted by the Seahawks in 2003 and started 14 games during his time with the Seahawks before moving on to Cleveland in 2010. He was cut by the Browns last year during the preseason.

Thigpen has bounced around during a six-year career with Kansas City, the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills. He started 11 games for the Chiefs in 2008 but only one game the past four seasons.

Wallace and Thigpen have shown a running ability that might make them a good fit as backups for the mobile Wilson, who led the Seahawks to the NFC championship game in his rookie season.
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