On Tuesday, reports suddenly surfaced that the Seattle Seahawks have several potential suitors for backup quarterback Matt Flynn, whose trade market has been non-existent this offseason. According to reports, the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders are all in the mix for Flynn.
Even if their interest is legitimate and not an agent-driven report, the lingering question will be what the Seahawks can get in return for Flynn.
Last offseason, the Seahawks spent big money to bring Flynn to Seattle. The former Green Bay Packers passer was a hot commodity, seen as the next young gunslinger ready to take the NFL by storm after a change of scenery. The Seahawks were so sure that he’d be their franchise quarterback that they signed him to a three-year, $19.5-million deal. Unfortunately for Flynn, nothing panned out as expected.
Rookie sensation Russell Wilson stole the spotlight during the preseason, eventually winning the starting job. Meanwhile, the Seahawks were left with one of the most expensive backup quarterbacks in the NFL.
Now, they appear ready to unload his hefty contract. The latter, though, could be the reason they get less than they deserve for Flynn.
Especially with a team like the cap-strapped Raiders, there will be other factors playing into whether or not they make a trade for Flynn. The first prerequisite is releasing veteran passer Carson Palmer, who is making way too much money. If that happens, the Raiders might be willing to make a deal, but will still have to get Flynn for a reasonable price to inherit his contract.
The Bills and Jaguars aren’t in as tight of financial situations, but could still use the contract angle as leverage.
If the Seahawks are to unload Flynn, it likely won’t be for anything more than a fourth- or fifth-round pick. The fact that he carries such a steep price tag, especially for an unproven starter, makes giving up an early-round pick ill-advised.
That leads me to my final point: the Seahawks shouldn’t part with Flynn for whatever they can get. Without Flynn on the roster, Seattle only has one quarterback under contract. While they’ll likely draft a young passer in April, they’d be forced to dip into the barren free agency pool in order to provide Wilson with a semi-reliable backup.
Unless a decent offer comes across their desk, the Seahawks need to swallow Flynn’s contract and make sure that they have a capable backup behind Wilson. In the end, it all depends on what kinds of deals these “interested teams” are willing to table.
Until then, let the speculation continue.