Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn should be starring alongside Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, because Russell Wilson's outstanding rookie season has made him expendable.
Despite giving the LSU product a three-year $26 million deal in the offseason, Flynn was beat out by Wilson for the starting job in preseason. The Seahawks came within one game of reaching the NFC title game, and Wilson is clearly the future of the franchise.
Where does that leave Flynn? On his way out of town is my guess.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports agrees, and he speculates on the dynamics of the market for Flynn.
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
It's hard to know what to make of Flynn. The Seahawks certainly jumped the gun by offering such a rich deal (with $10 million guaranteed) to a guy that had thrown only a 132 passes in his career.
Because of Wilson's emergence, Flynn threw just nine passes in 2012.
No team wants to carry such an expensive backup on their roster, so it's almost a lock that he'll be moved in the next four months. Since the Seahawks are still required to pay him the guaranteed money, dollars may not be the key factor here.
As Cole mentioned, the Seahawks have little-to-no leverage in a potential trade. Teams know they want to dump him, and could just wait for him to be released to sign him as a free agent.
This is the likely scenario, and these are the teams that should seriously consider bringing Flynn in.
The Jags have only Chad Henne, John Parker Wilson and Blaine Gabbert as options at quarterback. Who's excited about that trio?
No one, so there is no doubt the team needs to look to improve the position. Flynn hasn't accomplished enough to make him an unquestioned upgrade, but he could be a cheap option that would have a legitimate shot at winning the starting job.
His presence could then make Henne and/or Gabbert expendable.
New general manager David Caldwell should still draft a quarterback in the 2013 NFL draft, but Flynn is a good pickup in case Jacksonville can't find their own Russell Wilson in the draft.
Kansas City Chiefs
Andy Reid would be better off drafting Luke Joeckel with the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL draft. He's the best player in the draft, and the Chiefs need help at nearly every position.
The team also needs to find a franchise quarterback. They may be better off looking later in the draft to find a developmental project, or even waiting until the 2014 draft to find the "next Len Dawson." (Pro Football Talk)
In either case, Flynn would offer a fresh option at quarterback.
If he shines, the Chiefs may not need to draft a quarterback in 2014, or the late-round developmental player could serve as a backup, or as trade bait down the road.
New head coach Doug Marrone will likely be looking for a new quarterback to replace the ineffective Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Drafting the signal-caller he just coached at Syracuse Ryan Nassib is not out of the question, but signing Matt Flynn could also be an option for the Bills.
Marrone was the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints under Sean Payton from 2006 to 2008.
He employs a quarterback-friendly system that is somewhat similar to the offense Flynn ran while with the Green Bay Packers
This spot may make the most sense of any possible destination.