NFL Rumors: Highlighting Top Potential Landing Spots for QB Matt Flynn
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn could soon be on the move this offseason, and there is no shortage of potential landing spots for the veteran backup according to CBS Sports' NFL insider Jason La Canfora:
Several NFL sources have identified Jacksonville as the most likely destination for Seattle backup quarterback Matt Flynn, and the Jaguars are among the teams to talk to the Seahawks about a deal. Buffalo and Oakland are also in the mix, and though things have progressed slowly, sources said a trade could materialize before the draft.
Flynn has attempted just 141 passes in five NFL seasons, but will likely be starting under center for a team in 2013. With Seattle looking to deal, let's highlight the top potential landing spots for Flynn this offseason.
The Ryan Fitzpatrick experiment in Buffalo produced very disappointing results for the Bills, and now, it's time for a fresh start.
Matt Flynn would be an ideal pickup for a team that averaged just 6.7 yards per pass attempt in 2012. Furthermore, Flynn has the look of a cold weather passer and played the best game of his career in frigid Green Bay on New Year's Day 2012.
Although Flynn wouldn't surpass Tom Brady in New England, he could potentially give Buffalo the division's second-best quarterback and, therefore, a real shot to make the playoffs as a Wild Card in the AFC.
Buffalo will draft at No. 8 overall this spring, and there's a strong chance that West Virginia star quarterback Geno Smith won't be available. That said, it would make lots of sense for the Bills to pursue Flynn this offseason in order to ensure that they have a veteran passer under center come Week 1.
If not for a couple of 300-plus-yard passing performances from Chad Henne last season, the Jaguars would likely have ranked worse than 21st in passing production in 2012.
This is a team that is in desperate need of a quarterback. Blaine Gabbert has yet to pan out after two seasons (53.8 career completion percentage and 5.6 career yards per pass attempt), and Henne isn't consistent enough to be a successful NFL starter.
Flynn brings the perfect blend of experience and youth. He's only 27, but the moment won't be too big for him as he's had to fill the massive shoes of Aaron Rodgers in the past. Without much media attention being paid to the Jaguars, Flynn would have a golden opportunity to shine with little pressure while developing a relationship with up-and-coming wideout Justin Blackmon.
With Jacksonville picking at No. 2 overall in the 2013 NFL draft this spring, though, the Jaguars could opt to select Smith and bypass a potential Flynn deal this offseason.
Although the statistics will show that Oakland ranked among the top passing teams in the NFL last season, it must be noted that most of the Raiders' passing yards came in garbage time when they were trailing significantly on the scoreboard.
Where would Matt Flynn have the most success in 2013?
Oakland needs a boost under center. They need a quarterback who can complete more than 61 percent of his passes and protect the football. Plus, the Carson Palmer situation doesn't look all that promising.
Matt Flynn wouldn't have a ton of tremendous options in the passing game in Oakland, but if Darren McFadden can stay healthy, this is a Raiders team that is built to achieve success in the running game. There's no reason to believe that Flynn couldn't excel as a game manager with the Raiders.
Like Jacksonville, Oakland will draft within the top-three this April, meaning the Raiders could potentially draft Smith in hopes of improving through the draft rather than going the trade route.
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