Michael Vick's Return to Philly Only Helps Seattle's Ability to Trade Matt Flynn

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterFebruary 12, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 05:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to throw a pass against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 5, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Michael Vick's new $3.5 million contract with the Eagles dwindles down the free-agent quarterback market even more. Vick would have led a truly weak class if he was indeed cut, as Matt Moore, David Garrard and Jason Campbell are now the cream of the crop.

Outside of those three names, there are two other veteran players who will be looking for new homes.

The only problem is that Alex Smith and Matt Flynn are currently under contract with their respective organizations and can't be had on the open market until they are released.

That's why the Eagles re-signing Vick will only help the current quarterback trade market, especially that of Flynn. It's debatable whether the Seahawks backup or Smith is the better option, yet the one thing Flynn has going for him is his youth. Not to mention he carries a cheaper base salary than No. 11 does in 2013.

In terms of base salary, Flynn is scheduled to make $5.25 million and Smith will make $7.5 million. Not exactly chump change for either player, but saving $2.25 million on a player who could ultimately have a higher ceiling would be worth the risk for a few front offices around the league.

ESPN's John Clayton told 710 AM Seattle that he thinks there is only a 10 percent chance Flynn will be back with the Seahawks next year. Not a surprising number by any means, but I still think there is a remote possibility he stays for one more year.

The asking price for the 27-year-old quarterback would definitely be low given the fact that most teams assume he will be cut if he's not traded. Before the season started in 2012, Seattle traded Tarvaris Jackson to the Buffalo Bills for an undisclosed late-round pick.

It would be wise to expect a little more compensation than what was involved in last year's deal with Jackson, but if you're expecting high compensation, you will be disappointed. Based on his salary and the fact that he may be cut, a fifth-round pick would be absolute tops.

According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, Flynn's suitors are scarce, but in some cases desperate times call for desperate measures:

Some of the teams that are considered desperate enough to make a trade are the Kansas City Chiefs, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills. Without question, the one destination that would make the most sense is Jacksonville.

Former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley recently took over as the head coach in Jacksonville, linking the two teams together. However, there has been no word publicly as to what he thinks of Flynn as a quarterback.

Odds are he is staying mum until he has the chance to fully evaluate Blaine Gabbert. As the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft, Gabbert was supposed to be the Jags' franchise quarterback for the next 10 years. We all know how that works out after two years of less-than-impressive play, though. 

Regret sets in alongside the realization that moving on sooner rather than later is what's best for the franchise.

With free agency and the ability to trade a month away, it's not too early for teams to do their homework on players who have the potential to upgrade their ballclub.

Most have been doing their homework since the season ended, but teams like the Jags are a bit behind the curve, as they hired a new general manager and head coach. Nevertheless, a shortened cushion still allows for adequate time to set up a potential offseason full of moves.

For the sake of the Seahawks, let's just hope someone falls in love with Flynn so they don't have to admit their mistake by cutting him loose.


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