Why the Seattle Seahawks Should Not Trade Matt Flynn

Josh SteinContributor IIISeptember 10, 2012

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 18:  Quarterback Matt Flynn #15 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up on the field before taking on the Denver Broncos in a pre-season game at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on August 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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As we look ahead at the rest of the season, a few questions have already arisen even though we are only a game into the season.

The biggest question that has been constant for months now is the quarterback position. The competition between Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson was decided with Wilson getting the nod. Now that Flynn is the backup, some are advocating that they trade Flynn, but that may not be the brightest idea.

Some people are saying that having Flynn around is just showing that we have no confidence in Wilson as a rookie starter. A reason could also be that trading Flynn would open up cap room due to his big contract that was given this offseason.

But trading Flynn would be a major detriment to the team.

Competition can only be good in the progression of Russell Wilson, who is our presumed future quarterback. Throwing Flynn in every once in a while is a good change of pace, and it shows Wilson that he has to earn his starting spot.

Trading Flynn would also create a depth problem, as the Seahawks didn't bring back Josh Portis and they already traded Tavaris Jackson to the Bills. Giving away Flynn would leave us with no backup and would force Seattle to pick up another quarterback, which would just waste more money.

Another reason is that we don't fully know that Wilson is our future quarterback and Flynn could still be our starter in the future. We need time to evaluate them and see which one gives us the best chance to win. Regardless, though, keeping Flynn is in the Seahawks' best interest and trading him would only be a negative for the team as they move forward to Week 2 and beyond.