Why Seattle Seahawks Would Be Crazy to Trade Matt Flynn
Let's end all speculation right now.
Despite being handed a nice contract in free agency and then losing the starting quarterback job to third-round rookie Russell Wilson, Flynn shouldn't be making any travel arrangements soon.
There have been suggestions—although very loose ones—that Seattle could shop its now expensive backup, or that the right offer from a quarterback-needy team could sway management.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll doesn't seem to care that his backup quarterback will now make $8 million in guaranteed money this season.
"That's free agency. That's the market," Carroll said, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "Money doesn't matter to me and I don't want it to matter to me."
Flynn was given a $6 million signing bonus in March, and his entire 2012 salary of $2 million is guaranteed. In 2013 and 2014, Flynn will make another $2 million in guarantees and over $12 million in base salary.
It's a steep price for a backup quarterback, no doubt.
But Seattle need not worry, because adding up the deals for both Wilson and Flynn equals a total money commitment that is much, much less than what most NFL teams are giving their respective quarterback positions.
Wilson, the 75th overall pick, signed a four-year, $2.198 million deal after the draft. It includes less than $700,000 in guaranteed money, and he'll make no more than $800,000 in base salary in any of the four years.
The two will cost the Seahawks roughly $9 million in 2012. That number actually goes down in later seasons.
Dumping Flynn now for salary relief and leaving Wilson as the only remaining quarterback from the three-man competition to start camp doesn't make any sense either.
The Seahawks are a team that has playoff aspirations—a team that can compete with the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC West crown.
Shipping out Flynn—an expensive but still talented backup—would leave Seattle with precious few options in case of injury to Wilson. Why run the risk?
Seattle would have to either promote Josh Portis or find another backup off the NFL scrapheap to replace Flynn. Neither are better options than simply keeping Flynn on board.
In the end, a team with quarterback issues would have to severely overpay in a trade to get Flynn out of Seattle, and the chances of that happening are slim to none.
The Seahawks would be crazy not to hold on to Matt Flynn for the 2012 season.
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