Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll addressed the media on Monday and addressed several items regarding his team. The status of backup QB Matt Flynn was raised and Carroll acknowledged that the team could move Flynn this offseason. Russell Wilson is firmly entrenched as the Seattle starting quarterback for next season and it could be that Flynn wants to continue his career elsewhere. Carroll told reporters that if Flynn requested a trade, the team would likely grant it.
Flynn was a backup under Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and was only able to make two career starts while in Green Bay. Seattle snapped up Flynn in free agency last year, but drafted Wilson in the third round of the 2102 NFL Draft. Wilson won the starting job in pre-season and Flynn saw just limited action.
Carroll said that Flynn kept fighting in practice this season and never fully accepted the backup role for the Seahawks. “He never did want to accept it. And he still thinks he is the best quarterback in the program. I admire him for thinking that way. And I forever regret the fact that we never got to see him play very much, just because everything he did was point on. But Russell just never let it happen.”
Flynn will likely generate interest from other teams this offseason. He might garner interest from the Kansas City Chiefs. Newly hired head coach Andy Reid is expected to employ his west-coast style of offense with the Chiefs and their quarterback situation is dire. Arizona and Jacksonville both need quarterbacks as well but they have no head coaching staff in place.
Flynn cost the Seahawks $10 million in guaranteed money this season, but will cost Seattle $5.25 million in 2013.
The Seahawks are heading into the draft with no significant glaring needs and can draft from a position of adding quality depth to an already talented team. Trading Flynn would likely reap a high draft choice for the Seahawks.