It’s become clear that quarterback Russell Wilson is the future of Seattle Seahawks football. Even though the team spent big money to go out and get career backup Matt Flynn last offseason, the former Green Bay Packers No. 2 has already become expendable.
But will the Seahawks be willing to part ways with him this offseason? Unless they’re ready to accept close to nothing for Flynn, no.
The biggest roadblock to unloading Flynn at this point is his hefty contract, which will pay the quarterback $7.25 million in 2013. That’s a huge number for a backup, and many teams will be hesitant to pick up that large of a tab on a player that has yet to prove himself as a reliable starter. Heck, the guy couldn’t even beat out a rookie for the starting gig.
When Flynn was on the open market last season, several teams, including the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns, were interested in his services. The Seahawks won the bidding war, though, and walked away with what would turn out to be an overpriced benchwarmer. With several proven options likely to be available this offseason – Alex Smith, Matt Moore, Jason Campbell – it’s safe to assume that any quarterback-needy teams will be hesitant at best to conjure up a trade for Flynn.
The market for Flynn is lukewarm, which means that compensation for the Seahawks would likely come in the form of a fourth- or fifth-round pick. Considering that they just paid him a massive amount of money to hold a clipboard this past season, they might as well hold on to him in the instance that Wilson gets hurt instead of giving him away for a late-round pick.
Especially if the NFL Scouting Combine offers up some increased value in quarterbacking talent, the Seahawks might never find a willing suitor for Flynn. If that’s how it unfolds, Seattle might as well keep him on as a capable backup, especially since Wilson does have a tendency to scramble.
The outlook isn’t very bright for Flynn and his chances of getting out of Seattle. Then again, he’s pretty good at being a backup. He might as well stick to what he’s good at, right?