With the emergence of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks have little use for veteran Matt Flynn and his expensive contract. Only a year after traveling to a new home in the Northwest, Flynn could be making another move this offseason via trade.
The Seahawks have no need for such an expensive backup quarterback, which means that they could look to unload Flynn and his $5.25 million 2013 salary this offseason. One potential landing spot for the once-promising passer is the Kansas City Chiefs, where new head coach Andy Reid will be looking to find a capable quarterback to run his West Coast offense.
The Chiefs currently offer Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn as the No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks. Neither has proven to be a capable starter at the NFL level, and could both be headed for free agency once the waiver period opens in February. Especially with Reid taking control of the 2-14 Chiefs, a complete roster overhaul could be in order as he attempts to put his own stamp on the franchise.
If the Chiefs were to acquire Flynn, they’d be bringing in a young quarterback that many saw as a potential franchise passer during his days with the Green Bay Packers. Considering that Reid has ties to Green Bay and is eyeing current Packers executive John Dorsey as his new General Manager, the writing could be on the wall for a reunion between the apples that grew on the Packers family tree.
The only thing standing in way of the deal is compensation. The Chiefs have little to offer the Seahawks for their year worth of wasted salary. A draft pick or two could be in order if Reid and Co. were really set on bringing Flynn to K.C., but the Seahawks won’t be willing to give Flynn away for nothing of real value.
Seeing as the Chiefs own the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Reid could also be targeting a young passer in late-April. West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has been mock drafted repeatedly to Kansas City, but there is plenty of doubt about his abilities as a franchise passer worthy of a top overall pick. If anything, the Chiefs could trade for Flynn while drafting a developmental mid-round quarterback.
Either way, the Seahawks will be looking at all options when it comes to ridding themselves of Flynn’s contract this offseason. Don’t be surprised if the Chiefs give them a call to gauge the price tag.