While much of the focus for the free-agent quarterback market is focused on Peyton Manning, former league MVP, all-around nice guy and quarterback extraordinaire, there is considerable attention still focused on Matt Flynn, otherwise known as Plan B.
Flynn seems to be getting the strongest interest from Seattle and Miami. Washington seems out of the running now that they are in position to draft Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick. Arizona already has a couple of unknowns. For them, Manning is the only free-agent option.
Seattle and Miami are interesting in different cases. Miami might be in a rebuilding mode after trading their best offensive weapon (Brandon Marshall) to the Chicago Bears for a pair of third-round picks.
Seattle almost snuck into the playoffs last year after they gelled into a consistent football team.
For the franchises, this is high-risk, high-reward. Flynn has one start and a handful of snaps to his NFL name. Granted, those have been very good appearances. But there isn’t a lot of tape on him and his highlight game at the end of 2011 came against a Detroit team that had nothing to play for and that wasn’t known for pass defense.
The reward could be great. Flynn was well-regarded out of college and is generally thought of as a guy who has had time to develop and is now ready to take an NFL offense of his own. If that’s true, one of these teams gets a true superstar in the making.
He won’t be cheap, either. He’s basically the only non-Manning horse in this race. Even if guys like Tim Tebow or Matt Cassel find their way onto the market in some odd scenario, Flynn still has the most upside of all of them.
For Flynn, this is win-win. He goes to a team where he probably has a year or two before he’s expected to be playing for a Super Bowl. Miami is several players away, although quarterback is hallowed ground for a team that’s been trying to replace Dan Marino since the Jay Fiedler experiment didn’t quite work.
Seattle is closer, but they still are young and have definite holes. They might be the best option if Flynn wants to win sooner since they were essentially a playoff team outside of the quarterback position.
For Flynn, this is a very lucky month.
For the team that signs him, it could be the best or worst decision they make.