Last off season, quarterback Matt Flynn was a hot commodity last offseason when the former Green Bay Packers signal caller hit the open market. The Seattle Seahawks decided to make a commitment to Flynn in the amount of three-years and $26 million with ten of that guaranteed. With the emergence of rookie sensation Russell Wilson, Flynn went back to his role as one of the league’s most popular backups.
OK, let me rephrase that, he wasn’t popular with the Seahawks accounting office and ownership. Writing big checks to a guy that basically held a clipboard isn’t exactly what the Seahawks or I’m sure Flynn had in mind when he made the journey up to Grunge Country. In fairness to both sides, no one could have predicted or even imagined that Wilson was going to be that strong of a quarterback. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll speculated that Flynn was fighting an elbow injury that limited his ability to throw. While there was no specific cause of the injury, it limited Flynn throughout the preseason. Whether Flynn became healthy later in the season is unknown because Wilson began to tear up the league.
With Wilson establishing himself as the answer for the Seahawks and Flynn most-likely not being one of the league’s highest-paid backups, where will the former LSU Tiger play next season? My prediction will be the Kansas City Chiefs. New head coach Andy Reid may look to draft a quarterback, but his better option would be to take Flynn, who’s had some amazing games in the NFL (including a 440 yard six touchdown performance in one game) against the Detroit Lions. That game, along with solid performances when either relieving or starting for an injured Aaron Rodgers showed he can throw the rock. Reid is what many consider a quarterback maker, and Flynn could be his next project.
At this point, I am not even sure what it would take to trade Flynn. Considering the guaranteed money he’s owed, can the Seahawks somehow divert that to his new team? Or will the team that takes in him trade force Flynn to renegotiate his deal? To use a poker term, the Seahawks are the short-stack at the table with Flynn. There will be some interest, but teams aren’t going to give up very much to get him. And his salary will get in the way of any major deals. With the Chiefs in total rebuilding mode and in need of a lot of help, my guess is they’ll manage to get Flynn for a future late draft choice or cash considerations. This could be a great deal and a building block for the Chiefs in 2013.