NFL Free Agency: Seahawks Clearly Not Happy With Suspect QB Situation
If the first 24 hours of free agency has taught us anything, it’s that the Seattle Seahawks are not comfortable with Tavaris Jackson as their starting quarterback in 2011.
The AP is reporting that they planned on hosting both Chad Henne (Wednesday) and Matt Flynn (Thursday) this week. Later in the day, Henne signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, as first reported by NFL.com reporter Jason La Canfora:
Chad Henne agrees to a 2-yr deal with Jags. Won't be visiting Seattle now. Matt Flynn for SEA on Thursday #freeagency— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 15, 2012
So Henne is off the board, but it’s clear Seattle is looking to bring in a player that’s capable of overtaking Jackson for the starting gig.
This comes after the organization placed a call to Peyton Manning but was rejected.
Jackson played in 15 games last season, throwing for 3,091 yards, 14 TDs and 13 INTs for a QB rating of 79.2. Backup Charlie Whitehurst is a free agent that is highly unlikely to return.
Will Seattle Sign Matt Flynn?
While he had his moments, it’s become clear Jackson is not the answer if Seattle plans on winning a championship. He can’t consistently complete passes in the pocket and is not very accurate on passes over 15 yards. His decision-making skills can be very questionable at times as well. They have to upgrade at the position and Pete Carroll and the coaching staff know as much.
Flynn has emerged as one of the prizes of free agency after he threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in the one game he started last year. He also started one game in 2010 and almost beat the Patriots in New England.
There also is a connection between Flynn and Seattle. Seahawks GM John Schneider worked in the Packers' front office when they landed Flynn in the seventh round of the 2008 draft. He knows more about Flynn than almost anybody else.
Jackson isn’t going to win a Super Bowl. He doesn’t have the skills necessary and has proven as much.
We don’t know…and that’s what makes him so appealing.
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