The Seattle Seahawks acquired free agent QB Matt Flynn in the offseason, signing him to a three-year, $19.5 million dollar contract, but will they trade Flynn prior to the start of the 2013 season? Despite signing Flynn, Seattle drafted QB Russell Wilson in the 2012 NFL Draft. Flynn had been considered the heir apparent to the starting job but Wilson supplanted Flynn and has guided the Seahawks to playoff contention in his rookie season.
Wilson is scheduled to earn a meager $526,217 dollars in 2013. If Wilson does indeed guide the Seahawks to the playoffs, a new contract will likely be negotiated. Flynn, after receiving $10 million guaranteed this season is slated to earn another $5.25 million next year, an amount that Seattle will be unlikely to pay for Flynn to back up Wilson next year.
Flynn was an intriguing prospect last season. He received little playing time after backing up Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. His 500-yard, 6-touchdown performance in the last game of the season against Detroit raised eyebrows. Given that he was not able to unseat Wilson as the starter in Seattle does raise some questions as to whether or not he is ready to assume the role of starting quarterback in the NFL.
Given the fact that Flynn was unable to earn the starting job, there could be a market for him. The 2013 quarterback draft class is not as deep was the 2012 class. Additionally, the free agent market could be slim. Currently, there is simple speculation about what quarterbacks could be available next season. Alex Smith, Michael Vick and Matt Cassel are all under contract, with Cassel the most likely to be released. The Cardinals should part ways with Kevin Kolb in the offseason, but Kolb has proven to be unreliable in his time in Arizona. The Oakland Raiders could decide to part ways with veteran Carson Palmer and his $13 million dollar salary for 2013.
There are the fewest number of teams in serious need of a starting quarterback that I can remember in my lifetime, in part due to the strong drafts in the last two seasons. Kansas City, Jacksonville and Arizona are the neediest. Buffalo could go a different direction than Ryan Fitzpatrick. As mentioned, Oakland could move on from Carson Palmer. Is Christian Ponder the answer in Minnesota? Jake Locker in Tennessee?
Ideally for the Seahawks, would be a renegotiation in Flynn’s contract in order to keep him on the roster behind Wilson. However, after backing up Rodgers for years and now Wilson in Seattle, Flynn would likely want his chance to become a starter in the league. Wilson has firmly stated his case to be the starter in Seattle this year and in the coming years. Barring injury, Flynn will not see the field.