4 Potential Landing Spots for Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Flynn
The latest news out of Seattle suggests Matt Flynn might not be wearing a Seahawks uniform in 2013, so where might he land, should Seattle trade or release him?
According to Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole:
While Seattle has told QB Matt Flynn they are willing to trade him, finding trade partner is problematic because several expect he'll be cut— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) January 23, 2013
Seahawks general manager John Schneider has made it clear that he'll listen to offers for his high-priced backup quarterback.
Flynn has only made two starts in his five-year NFL career. His 6-TD, 480-yard performance in the Packers win vs. the Lions in a 2011 Week 17 spot start for Aaron Rodgers was enough to land him a big-money contract on the free-agent market.
Flynn, 27, signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract last offseason.
With 2012 third-round-pick Russell Wilson playing like a proven veteran, it's no surprise that the Seahawks would look to unload Flynn's $7.25 million cap hit in 2013. Wilson's consistency limited Flynn to just three appearances and nine pass attempts this past season.
Letting him go and freeing up that cash would allow Seattle to upgrade its roster at other, more crucial positions as it attempts to compete with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West.
According to Adam Schefter, the trade market for Flynn could be even quieter than his free-agent market was last offseason. The ESPN insider says many teams still view him as a backup-level talent.
The precedent set by small-sample-size successes turned long-term failures like Kevin Kolb and Matt Cassel certainly doesn't inspire much confidence in GMs to pull the trigger.
However, with the lack of elite talent at quarterback in this year's draft class, a GM might get desperate.
Whether he's cut or traded, where might Flynn end up in 2013?
New York Jets
The New York Jets won't likely trade for Flynn, due to an already-perilous salary-cap situation (h/t CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora), but if the Seahawks cut him, new general manager John Idzik would be smart to make a play to snag him as a free agent.
Idzik is familiar with what Flynn brings to the table, having joined the Jets by way of Seattle, where he was the team's vice president of football administration.
The Jets need legitimate competition at the quarterback position to push Mark Sanchez to be better or simply take over for him should he fail to rise to the occasion.
ESPN's Rich Cimini believes Flynn would be a perfect fit for Marty Mornhinweg's new offense in New York, saying:
A better option than Vick would be Seahawks backup Matt Flynn. Obviously, Idzik is familiar with Flynn; he negotiated the free-agent contract for Seattle. Flynn also is comfortable in the West Coast offense; it's the only NFL system he's known.
By all accounts, Russell Wilson won the starting job for the Seahawks not because Flynn played poorly—he didn't—but because Wilson was so outstanding. Flynn could step in right away and help the Jets become a better club on offense, one way or another.
Kevin Kolb may never be the answer for Bruce Arians' new offense with the Arizona Cardinals, and we know John Skelton and Ryan Lindley are certainly not NFL starting quarterbacks.
The Cardinals are in a position where it seems inevitable they're going to need to spend a high draft pick on a quarterback sometime in the near future.
Larry Fitzgerald had his worst season as a pro last year, catching 71 passes for just 798 yards and four touchdowns. Those are anemic numbers for one of the NFL's best wide receivers, and the Cardinals owe it to their superstar to bring in someone capable of getting him the ball.
Perhaps Matt Flynn might be just the man Arians needs to become a stop-gap quarterback while the team builds its offensive line from the ground up. Flynn has a strong-enough arm to get Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd involved, and he would at least give Kolb some competition.
This strategy would make drafting a quarterback less of a priority and give the franchise leeway to build up other areas of need.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have one of the most dismal quarterback situations in the NFL.
Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne combined to throw just 20 touchdowns versus 17 interceptions in 2012, and neither player showed the capacity to play with a modicum of consistency.
The team's new head coach, Gus Bradley, came to Jacksonville by way of Seattle, where he was the Seahawks' defensive coordinator. The new offensive coordinator in Jacksonville, Jedd Fisch, knows Bradley from the time the two of them spent together in Seattle in 2010.
If anyone knows what Matt Flynn is capable of doing on a football field, it'll be Bradley, who saw him everyday in practice. And given the current situation he inherited, it won't surprise me to see the Jaguars make a play for Flynn.
Kansas City Chiefs
There wasn't a more pathetic quarterback situation in 2012 than the one in Kansas City.
Bleacher Report's Chris Kouffman agrees:
Obviously most intuitive target for a Matt Flynn trade would be John Dorsey's Kansas City Chiefs, whom I DOUBT wanna use #1 overall on a QB.— Chris Kouffman (@ckparrot) January 23, 2013
Reid's West Coast offense is certainly going to differ somewhat from the one Flynn learned in Green Bay with the Packers, but it wouldn't take him long to catch on with Reid's program.
The Chiefs and Flynn seem like a perfect fit. We'll see soon enough how this plays out.
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