The Cleveland Browns have yet to declare a starter for the 2013 season, giving reason to believe that Brandon Weeden may lose his starting gig after spending just one season under center. This past week I have detailed potential quarterbacks that the Browns could trade for. I explained why San Francisco 49ers veteran quarterback Alex Smith could be a good fit in Cleveland because of his relationship with offensive coordinator Norv Turner and I also noted why trading for New England Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett would be too big of a gamble for the Browns to take. Another name that has been thrown around as a potential suitor for the Browns quarterback position is Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Matt Flynn.
Matt Flynn signed a three year, $26 million contract last offseason with the Seahawks. But Flynn never got the chance to be the starter for the ‘Hawks after Russell Wilson won over the job after his amazing preseason. Wilson followed his remarkable preseason with an extraordinary regular season, throwing for 26 touchdowns, tying Peyton Manning’s record for most touchdown passes by a rookie. Therefore, Wilson is clearly the starter of the future in Seattle, making Flynn expendable.
Although Flynn has shown flashes of being a productive quarterback, the Cleveland Browns should not try to trade for him. Flynn has never able to seize the starting quarterback job and has thrown for a mere 9 touchdown passes in his career. With Flynn due to make $5.25 million this year and $6.25 million in 2014, the Browns have to resist the temptation of trading for Flynn.
Just like in the case of trading for Ryan Mallett, the Browns would be better off trying to develop last year’s starting quarterback Brandon Weeden, rather than trying to trade for Flynn and try to fit him into the new offense. The Browns have been way too impatient in the past when it comes to cultivating their starting quarterbacks. The critics towards Weeden point to how he is already 30 years old and he looked less than spectacular last season. But Weeden was put in a bad situation last season as the west coast offense does not suit his strengths. Weeden proved he had a strong arm last season and he could succeed in Norv Turner’s offensive system, which stress the down-field passing attack.
Weeden makes much more sense for the Browns than Flynn going forward. Flynn may have the potential to be a good quarterback someday in the NFL but the Browns cannot afford to trade draft picks away for an unproven quarterback.