It is no secret that the Seattle Seahawks would like to trade backup quarterback Matt Flynn. After the impressive emergence of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson this past season, there is no way Flynn will have a chance to play in Seattle, barring an injury to the starter. With that being said, the trading of Flynn would mean that Wilson would be the only quarterback on the roster and the team would be in need of finding a capable backup.
Some people thought the Seahawks should bring back Matt Hasselbeck when he was released by the Tennessee Titans. Others have wondered if Tarvaris Jackson should be part of the deal if Flynn were sent to the Buffalo Bills.
One name that hasn’t been mentioned as much, but makes sense in terms of dollars and cents, is the return of Seneca Wallace.
Wallace was a fourth-round pick by the Seahawks in 2003 and played for the team through the 2009 season. Most of those years he was the backup and even started 14 games when Hasselbeck was unavailable due to injury. He was then traded to the Cleveland Browns for a conditional pick, as newly hired Mike Holmgren, who drafted Wallace in Seattle, wanted his familiarity with the West Coast offense that he was bringing to the organization.
Pete Carroll has said that he would like a backup quarterback to have a similar skill set to Wilson. I can’t think of anyone who is more similar to Wilson in terms of stature, arm strength and athletic ability than Wallace. Both are a little under six-feet tall, have strong arms, and are quite mobile. Wallace is also well versed in the West Coast offense and offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell, would not have to change his play calling one bit if Wilson wasn’t able to play for whatever reason.
While Hasselbeck and Jackson are commanding salaries at or over $4 million, there isn’t much of a market for Wallace and he would be able to provide the Seahawks much needed insurance at the position at a bargain price. I am not saying that Wallace is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, nor am I saying he’s one of the best 40 in the league. What I am trying to say is that he would be a capable backup at a reasonable price.
It is exciting to look at the talent the Seahawks will have on offense in 2013. While some may look at the career statistics of Wallace and not be overly impressed, they should look at the surrounding talent that he had to work with in his starts in Seattle and then seven starts in Cleveland. Aside from four starts for the Seahawks in 2006 when he led the team to a 2-2 record, the offensive teams he has been in charge of as a starter were relatively miserable. He might not know what to do with a stacked roster of offensive talent if he was forced to play for the Seahawks, but I’m sure he would figure it out and that is why he should be considered if Flynn is dealt.