Matt Flynn Rumors: Teams Seahawks' QB Would Turn into Postseason Contenders

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent IMarch 27, 2013

Dec 16, 2012; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn (15) on the sideline against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at the Rogers Centre. Seahawks beat the Bills 50-17. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks reportedly have spoken with a few teams about trading away quarterback Matt Flynn.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports earlier this week, something may occur prior to the 2013 NFL draft:

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.

Despite mention of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders, neither team provides Flynn with the overall talent to make a postseason run in 2013. At the same time, divisional opponents are an issue for the Jaguars and Raiders as well.

Fortunately, there are teams that could use Flynn's services.

The question is whether more teams become interested in the backup.

Note: The teams listed below each have solid cap space according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.


Buffalo Bills

Along with the Jags and Raiders, Buffalo was the other team mentioned by La Canfora.

Flynn would be an intriguing get for the Bills, because Tarvaris Jackson was brought back to the team per Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk. Plus, the two were together briefly in Seattle.

Still, Flynn's the better passer and would greatly benefit from the rushing threat of C.J. Spiller. The Bills offer a strong offensive line to slam the rock, which would also allow Flynn to use his mobility to make plays out of the pocket.

Backed by an improving defense, Flynn would simply need to minimize turnovers and help Buffalo win the field position battle. The running game wears opponents down and then sets up the play action. Consider the AFC East's suspect pass defenses, and Flynn would be quite efficient.

The end result is Buffalo making a strong run at January.

Tennessee Titans

Even though the future clearly belongs to Jake Locker, Tennessee has yet to see the young signal-caller live up to being a No. 8 overall draft pick.

Only playing in 16 games through two seasons, Locker has a mere 55.5 completion percentage and tossed 10 touchdowns against 11 picks last season. Without question there is still time to develop, but the Titans also switched out their quarterback competition as reported by Adam Schefter of

Flynn may not be as experienced as Fitzpatrick, but he would be greater competition in training camp. Locker also injured his shoulder in 2012 according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean via the Sporting News.

Now, should Locker struggle to improve next season, then Flynn's talent would help immediately.

Much like Buffalo, Tennessee presents a strong running back to set up the pass. With the AFC South just as suspect in coverage as that of the AFC East, Flynn's experience in Green Bay and Seattle will transition nicely.

Arizona Cardinals

It remains a dire quarterback situation in Arizona.

Mike Wilkening of Pro Football Talk wrote of the Cardinals' quarterbacks last week:

[Brian] Hoyer is one of four quarterbacks currently on the Cardinals’ roster, with newly signed Drew Stanton and John Skelton and Ryan Lindley the others.

Clearly, getting a deal done would be increasingly difficult for Arizona, as the Cardinals are Seattle's NFC West rival. Nevertheless, Flynn—despite his brief amount of regular season experience—is capable of leading this team.

Hoyer, Stanton and Lindley don't have much more experience by comparison, and John Skelton drastically underachieved in 2012.

The offensive line and running game definitely have to improve; however, the overall decision-making from the quarterbacks must follow suit as well. Flynn is more mobile than any of the aforementioned quarterbacks and learned from playoff-caliber coaches.

Give him a sound receiving corps like what's offered in Arizona, and Flynn will produce. The Cardinals must then focus on the pass protection and ground game this draft.