The Seattle Seahawks have been looking for a solid starting quarterback since head coach Pete Carroll arrived. This offseason, Seattle signed free agent Matt Flynn with the hopes that he becomes the clear cut starting quarterback, getting the Seahawks to the next level. One current Seattle player however doesn’t see much difference between Matt Flynn and last season’s starter, Tarvaris Jackson.
WR Doug Baldwin, a player which had an unexpected successful rookie season last year, leading the Seattle team with 51 receptions for 788 yards and four scores. Baldwin told ESPN 710 that at this point, he sees no difference between Jackson and Flynn. Seattle also added QB Russell Wilson in April’s draft.
At this point in the season, Baldwin’s comments need to be tempered. Jackson played in the Seattle system last year and understands the verbiage, you would expect him to be ahead of Flynn at this point. Flynn was one of the biggest wildcards in this seasons free agency period, showcasing his skills in only two games for the Green Bay Packers while playing behind Aaron Rodgers. The fact that Flynn’s former coach, Joe Philbin didn’t make a significant push for Flynn does give one pause. The Dolphins front office said that Flynn was asking for too high of a salary in exchange for being an unproven commodity. Flynn’s ultimate deal with the Seahawks was three years for a reported $19.5 million with $10 million guaranteed.
Prior to the start of the 2011 season, Seattle signed Jackson to a two-year deal worth $8 million.
Regardless of what Doug Baldwin says publicly at this point, Brock Huard of 710 ESPN seems to think that as the season draws closer, the Seahawks will ask Tarvaris Jackson to renegotiate his contract or else.
Regardless of how Flynn looks currently, as training camps open next month, you can expect that Seattle did not hand him $10 million guaranteed in order to sit on the bench.