Matt Flynn signed a lucrative free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks last offseason that everyone figured would entrench him as the team’s starting quarterback going forward. Nobody believed Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll when he said that an undersized former baseball player drafted in the third round could actually push Flynn and become the franchise quarterback as soon as his rookie season. Flynn signed a big deal and the other kid was expected to compete for a back up spot.
Of course, Russell Wilson had different plans for his rookie season with the Seahawks in 2012, to which Carroll agreed that the former North Carolina State Wolfpack and Wisconsin Badgers signal caller would play an instant role in the success in Seattle.
That makes two things crystal clear. First, Carroll may actually know what he is talking about, and Flynn has already become extremely expendable.
With that being said, could the Seahawks trade Flynn this offseason, just less than one year after they rewarded him for his spot start duty with the Green Bay Packers with a big three year contract?
It could be tricky.
The Seahawks would love to trade Flynn. He will be making over $5 million from the bench if Seattle fails to move him before the 2013 NFL season. Teams such as the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals could all be in the market for a new starting quarterback entering next season.
Problem is, why would a team give up even a late round draft pick for a player when they can probably afford to wait for the Seahawks to cut him? Unless a team is willing to overpay to acquire him, Seattle may be forced to eat a portion of Flynn’s contract and simply release him.
Chalk it up to a bad move.
Or, if you are one of the few optimistic and cheery people out there, chalk it up to a solid draft in 2012. After all, very few people projected Wilson to be the rookie quarterback who took his team the farthest, especially when you consider the players who were drafted ahead of him, including Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden, just to name a few.
Either way, expect Flynn to be wearing a different uniform in 2013, regardless of whether the move happens via trade or a cut to clear up some salary cap space.