Trading Matt Flynn is Best Possible Move for Seattle

Nick KostoraContributor IIIOctober 11, 2012

Aug 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; NFL: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn (15) talks with head coach Pete Carroll during pregame warmups against the Tennessee Titans at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
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Matt Flynn is being paid $19.5 million over three years to ride the bench for the Seattle Seahawks.

That is the unfortunate truth for one of the most sought after free agents of the 2012 class. Now, what possible move do the Seahawks have other than to move the QB to another franchise?

Seattle has clearly and firmly put faith in rookie Russell Wilson, and it is not like Flynn can simply sit behind the former Wisconsin Badger and wait for the keys to the franchise. Wilson beat Flynn out for this job and that opportunity has already passed. 

Flynn is still a commodity that numerous teams could utilize. He undoubtedly still has trade value, and teams like the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and others could benefit from his services.

Do the Seahawks really want to keep a player worth almost $20 million on the depth chart? When Russell Wilson eventually and inescapably struggles, does Pete Carroll want to answer the questions about a potential QB controversy?

The likely answer is no. Seattle is firmly in the midst of a playoff race, and although less likely, an NFC West division race. The Seahawks have a top-five defense and a balanced offensive attack that is finding ways to win games.

Sure, Wilson's 815 yards passing and five touchdowns are not the most prolific numbers in the league, but he does have a 63.2 completion percentage and three wins to his credit.

The Seahawks have chosen a direction, and while it is essential to have a quality second option ready to enter the game at any time, that player can not be making ten times what your starter is paid. It can only lead to unneeded problems for a young team just now finding it's identity.

By trading Flynn, Seattle can remove a mistake, a potential headache, and add either draft picks or pieces that can immediately contribute to a playoff run.