Draft Impact: Seattle Seahawks Sign Matt Flynn to 3-Year Contract

Sigmund Bloom@SigmundBloomNFL Draft Lead WriterMarch 19, 2012

Matt Flynn quarterbacking the Seattle Seahawks next year likely means that Ryan Tannehill won't be.
Matt Flynn quarterbacking the Seattle Seahawks next year likely means that Ryan Tannehill won't be.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Former Green Bay Packers QB Matt Flynn decided to not wait around for Peyton Manning to choose his new team before picking his new uniform in free agency. Sunday, Flynn signed a three-year, $19 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks.

The important number here is 10, as in $10 million guaranteed, which is a very modest number for a possible starting quarterback. The word possible is chosen carefully as head coach Pete Carroll told CBS Sports Pat Kirwan that Flynn would be in a competition for the starting job with Tarvaris Jackson.

What does this move reveal about the Seahawks' draft plans?

Ryan Tannehill is No Longer an Option for Seattle at No. 12

Carroll's comments show that Jackson is still held in some esteem, and the commitment to Flynn is an obvious indicator of belief in his abilities. Seattle is in an arms race with near-NFC champion San Francisco, who secretly worked out Peyton Manning last week.

Spending a first-round pick on a quarterback who will be developed for the next few years—unless they missed terribly on the Flynn signing—is a terrible strategy for competing with the 49ers

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The Seahawks can Tighten Their Focus on Stanford OG David DeCastro, Boston College ILB Luke Kuechly and Any Number of Pass-Rushing DE/OLBs at No. 12

The Seahawks are in a perfect position to get a very good player, even elite player at a position of great need. The best guard is in play with former Seahawk Steve Hutchinson signing in Tennessee. David Hawthorne hasn't signed yet, but he's moving on, so the best inside linebacker is in play.

South Carolina's Melvin Ingram, USC's Nick Perry, North Carolina's Quinton Coples, Alabama's Courtney Upshaw and Illinois's Whitney Mercilus are all possibilities to generate more pass rush from the edge. The Seahawks are going to get outstanding value from their first-round pick.

Ryan Tannehill Could be in a Draft-Day Tumble Down the Board

Perhaps the Seahawks gauged that the chances of Tannehill being there at No. 12 were small, although at this moment, another team picking ahead of them, the Miami Dolphins, could be addressing QB by signing Alex Smith, who met with them for five-and-a-half hours yesterday.

The Cleveland Browns are a potential landing spot for Tannehill, but News-Herald writer Jeff Schudel thinks the team may re-committing to Colt McCoy at quarterback. The Kansas City Chiefs sit at No. 11, and they certainly need a long-term starter, but if Tannehill slips past them, the classic long wait backstage could be underway.

Certainly Arizona at No. 13, Philadelphia at No. 15, and the New York Jets at No. 16 could all consider Tannehill, but Arizona and the Jets just made public shows of confidence in the quarterbacks that made their fanbases feel shaky at the position last year.

Ryan Tannehill has been considered a top 12-15 pick by many, but the number of potential suitors for him in the first half of the first round is falling.