For months now, speculation has run rampant regarding what the Seattle Seahawks will do with backup quarterback Matt Flynn and his hefty contract. Would they trade him to a quarterback-needy team? Would they sever ties only a year after winning the bidding war for his services?
While the former might still be an option, it appears that the Seahawks have eliminated the possibility of releasing Flynn.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, it’s the Seahawks’ “priority” to keep Flynn on as a backup to starter Russell Wilson but that they also understand that he does want to be starter. Seattle GM John Schneider also called Flynn a part of their “primary model” during the 2013 NFL Combine, so it’s crystal clear that the Seahawks would prefer to keep Flynn around as a solid fallback plan if injury issues arise with Wilson.
Flynn is set to make a base salary of $5.25 million in 2013, a figure that many believed the Seahawks would be uncomfortable paying for a clipboard holder. Still, considering that Wilson will make only $526,217 in 2013, the numbers aren’t overwhelming for the quarterback position as a whole.
There’s also the small issue of the Seahawks currently having no other quarterbacks on the roster besides Wilson and Flynn. Keeping Flynn around for another year could give the Seahawks more time to find a suitable backup via either the NFL Draft or free agency who can fill the role without being such a financial burden.
The biggest issue is keeping Flynn happy despite the knowledge that he could be starting elsewhere. Especially with a particularly-weak draft class in terms of quarterbacks, a capable starter like Flynn could quickly become a hot commodity after the well dries up during free agency. Chances are that, sooner or later, someone will send an offer across Schneider’s table that’s too good to pass up on.
Until then, the Seahawks are satisfied with having an expensive No. 2 quarterback to back up Wilson.