Matt Flynn will be one of the most highly sought-after free agents this offseason as the former Green Bay Packers quarterback has reached the end of his rookie deal. Following two impressive performances in his two career starts, there appears to be a significant market for the soon-to-be 27-year old out of LSU.
Flynn broke onto the scene following a rare appearance last season in prime time against the New England Patriots. With Aaron Rodgers out of action following a concussion, nobody in the world gave the Packers a chance to hang with the Patriots. Flynn performed extremely well but was unable to pull out the game in crunch time, falling 31-27.
With the Packers having already wrapped up home-field advantage in Week 17 this year, Flynn got another opportunity to start and dominated the Detroit Lions defense. Flynn not only turned in another solid performance, but he did what he failed to do in his first start, win the game.
With Matt Barkley and Landry Jones deciding to return for their senior years, the first-round talent for quarterbacks has been dwindled down behind Andrew Luck and Heisman winner Robert Griffin III. This should ultimately benefit Matt Flynn who, unlike players in the draft, has already proved he can compete in the NFL.
With former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin taking over head coaching duties for the Miami Dolphins, it is quite possible that the two could be reunited. Flynn would already have familiarity with Philbin's system and tendencies.
When you factor in an offense that boasts a revamped Reggie Bush and a solid wideout in Brandon Marshall, the Dolphins are an attractive suitor. With Chad Henne an unrestricted free agent, the Dolphins could be left settling with Matt Moore as their starting quarterback.
Another potential landing spot for Flynn would be in the NFC West with the Seattle Seahawks. Assuming the Seahawks bring back Marshawn Lynch, they are solid team with a strong, youthful defense that is on the verge of competing. One thing that held them back at times this season was the quarterback position. Tarvaris Jackson was average as he struggled through a pectoral injury.
The ties between the Packers and Seahawks franchises also may be a factor in Seattle offering Flynn a worthy contract. Before becoming the Seahawks GM in 2010, John Schneider spent eight years in Green Bay and was acting as the director of football operations.
Why not the Washington Redskins?
Another team that has been linked to Flynn is the Washington Redskins. While the Redskins have a tendency to throw big money at free agents, it isn't the best situation for Flynn despite what could possibly be the highest offer.
The Redskins have plenty of holes that need to be addressed following their last-place finish in the NFC East at 5-11. While the Seahawks and Dolphins feature good defenses, the Redskins defense finished 21st in points allowed.
With ties to both the Seahawks' and Dolphins' organizations and teams, Flynn would benefit from either situation. He has all the tools to be successful in the NFL, but these two teams give him the best shot to have success immediately.