Why the New York Jets Should Trade for Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Flynn
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According to the Seattle Times, the Jets are the most likely trade partners for Flynn, who now acts as the pricey backup to surprising second-year quarterback Russell Wilson.
The Seahawks have publicly stated they intend to keep Flynn as a backup, but are open to hearing trade offers from other teams (per Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin).
New York's front office and general manager, John Idzik, should be scrambling to get a deal done.
The Jets remain in one of the NFL's worst cap situations, and also happen to have one of the worst rosters. Flynn represents a $7.25 million cap hit in 2013 (per Spotrac), but would be worth every penny if the team can land him.
According to the New York Post, the franchise is intent on bringing in competition for Sanchez. He has declined over his first four years in the league and is going to cost the front office $12.8 million in 2013 if the team cannot find a way to get him to restructure (per Spotrac).
Flynn may be a bit on the pricey side, but Sanchez's contract is outrageous and likely the primary reason he is still in consideration for the starting spot next season. The worst part for the Jets? Sanchez's contract in 2013 is fully guaranteed, so he has no reason to restructure unless he feels like taking one for the team.
If the Jets can find a way to bring in Flynn and find some cap room, the team would be much more competitive in 2013. According to ProFootballFocus, Sanchez was the No. 37 overall quarterback in the NFL last year—on a list that ranked 38 players.
Conversely, the Seahawks had brought in Flynn to be the starter last offseason and paid him like one. He ended up losing the competition to rookie Wilson, but could still be a competent quarterback in the right system.
The perfect system is in New York.
Coincidentally enough, general manager John Idzik was a member of the Seahawks' front office last season when the team signed Flynn, so he knows exactly what he is worth. If he feels the team would be more competitive with Flynn, as he should at this point, then he will do whatever it takes to bring him to New York.
Flynn is a prototypical West Coast offense quarterback, which is exactly what the Jets run under offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. He showed flashes of outstanding ability under the tutelage of quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, including a 480 yard, six touchdown outburst against the Detroit Lions back in 2011.
In his four-year career as starter, Sanchez has never thrown more than four touchdowns and 400 yards in a single game.
Should the New York Jets trade for Matt Flynn?
It is clear that Flynn would be able to elevate the talent around him to a higher level if he were the starter in New York. There is a long way to go in terms of personnel on both sides of the football, but Flynn could provide some consistency for a few years at the position, if not more.
According to the Tacoma News Tribune, Seattle may be willing to give up Flynn for a mid to late-round pick. Head coach Pete Carroll is intent on bringing in an athletic backup similar to Wilson, and Flynn does not fit that mold.
If a late-round pick is all it takes for the Jets to find a starter for 2013 and beyond in Flynn, it would be wise for Idzik and Co. to do so. The team is going nowhere fast with Sanchez, so taking a chance on Flynn makes sense.
The Jets appear intent on keeping Sanchez, but bringing in Flynn is a must. He fits the offense perfectly and could win the starting job in camp, which could in turn allow the Jets to be competitive next season and potentially beyond.
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