Three remaining teams in the NFL have questions at the quarterback position and all three of those teams have been linked to a report this evening that suggests the y might have interest in acquiring Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn. The Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders are all believed to have interest according to Jason LaCanfora.
Matt Flynn has been the center of much speculation surrounding possible trades with the rapid development of rookie sensation Russel Wilson. Flynn received millions in guaranteed money from Seattle and was unable to beat Wilson out of the starting role last preseason.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have stated that they are poised to start the 2013 season with Blaine Gabbert as their starting quarterback. However, the current Jacksonville Jaguars head coach does have first hand experience with Flynn, joining the Jaguars after being the Seattle defensive coordinator last season. Last week, Bradley told reporters that he was impressed with the Pro Day of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. Remember though, that everyone is always impressed with everyone at this time of the year as team’s posture for the upcoming NFL Draft and Jacksonville holds the second overall pick.
The Oakland Raiders quarterback situation is very cloudy. Veteran Carson Palmer and his $13 million dollar salary could soon be gone from Oakland unless a new contract can be worked out. The untested Terrelle Pryor is the only other quarterback on the roster. Ironically, Flynn has one more career start under his belt than Pryor.
There is a need at the quarterback position in Buffalo as well after the team released Ryan Fitzpatrick. Veteran Tarvaris Jackson re-signed with the Bills and will likely be the Bills starter on opening day. First-year head coach Doug Marrone has stated he wants to use an up-tempo offensive scheme similar to what the Bills used in the 1990′s under quarterback Jim Kelly. There are doubts as to whether or not Flynn could run such a system and there should be questions about his arm strength. Playing in Buffalo in November and December with the wind whipping off Lake Erie can be formidable.
Now that the dust has finally settled in the first round of free agency, the trade value for Flynn has gone down considerably. He is likely to bring a late round pick and frankly, Seattle is already stocked with draft picks. Flynn is scheduled to earn $5.25 million next season while Wilson pulls in just $526,217 as the starter. Combined however, the Seahawks have just under $6 million in the two quarterback spots. I would not be surprised if the Seahawks don’t retain Flynn for 2013 if they don’t get the deal they want and try to move him next offseason when his salary escalates to $6.25 million.