Matt Flynn: The Jacksonville Jaguars Would Be Wise to Trade for the Quarterback

Soven Bery@@realsovenberySenior Analyst IMarch 27, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 09:  Quarterback Matt Flynn #15 of Seattle Seahawks throws in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field on December 9, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images)
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The quarterback market is pretty bare heading into the 2013 NFL Draft, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are left with the young Blaine Gabbert under center. 

Apparently, not for long. 

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on March 26 that: 

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. 

Is Jacksonville in desperate need of a quarterback? 

The short answer is no. 

Gabbert played 10 games last season and netted a competition percentage of 58.3% with 1,662 yards and nine touchdowns. He ended the season with a 77.4 quarterback rating, and the Jaguars have made it sure that they aren’t giving up on the Missouri product. 

That would explain why new GM David Caldwell hasn’t targeted other available quarterbacks like Jason Campbell and Kevin Kolb. Gabbert’s defenders could chalk up his poor numbers to the fact that Jacksonville has had a hole at the wide receiver position. 

While that is true, Jacksonville would be unwise to just hand the reigns over to Gabbert for a third season. He needs competition and needs to be motivated. 

This pressure to succeed could come in the form of adding another quarterback to the roster, namely Flynn. 

The jury is still out on whether or not the former Green Bay Packer could be a viable starter in the NFL, as his body of work isn’t substantial enough to make a sound decision. 

Of course, Flynn will always have that magical game against the Detroit Lions in early 2012 where he threw for 480 yards and an outstanding six touchdowns on 31 of 44 passing with a quarterback rating of 136.4 in a 45-41 win. 

After getting signed to a huge free-agent deal by the Seattle Seahawks, he barely even showed up on the field. Flynn finished as the runner-up to a rookie third-round pick in the battle for the job as the Seahawks' starting quarterback last year.

That third-round pick was Russell Wilson, who led the Seahawks to a deep playoff run while stealing the show in the Emerald City. 

Thus, it is unclear if Flynn can ever have success as a starting quarterback. What is certain is that the six-year veteran from LSU will be able to push Gabbert to new heights and get the most out of the young signal caller.

Maybe Flynn will even be able to steal the starting job, just like Wilson did to him.  

The great aspect of this deal for the Jaguars is that they don’t have to put Flynn out on the field in Week 1 if he doesn’t live up to expectations. 

The team already has Gabbert, the presumed starter, pegged as the future. All Flynn has to do is provide some competition for Gabbert and get him to perform at the highest level. 

Chad Henne just isn’t cutting it. 

Furthermore, Flynn wouldn’t be all that opposed to being shipped away from the Seahawks. 

He will not get the opportunity to start in Seattle, backing up Wilson, who is taking the NFL by storm. Unless Russell Wilson blows out his knee, the second-string signal caller will remain with clipboard-in-hand. 

However, he has a real chance to take over in Jacksonville. 

That chance is exemplified when you take into account that the new Jags head coach is Gus Bradley, Seattle’s former defensive coordinator and someone who knows Flynn. 

The cost won’t even be that high for the "Cardiac Jags.” La Canfora mentioned that Seattle is looking for a fourth- or fifth-round pick in exchange for Flynn. That is something that Jacksonville will be able to part with in exchange for a possible new feature. In addition, they could use a large amount of cap space to sign a workable deal with the new quarterback. 

Is Gabbert the future franchise face for the Jaguars?

Maybe, but the team would like someone to push him to achieve greater success. And if Gabbert doesn’t work out, then they have Matt Flynn waiting in the wings. 

This is a deal that makes a great amount of sense and the Jacksonville Jaguars would be wise to pull the trigger.