Early Indications Are That Matt Flynn Will Stay a Seahawk
When a former Seahawk quarterback signed a free agent deal Tuesday, it may have set the market for what Matt Flynn might bring in a trade.
Danny O’Neil wrote in Wednesday’s Seattle Times:
Matt Hasselbeck came on the market Monday, released after two seasons with the Tennessee Titans, and the fact he ended up as Indianapolis’ backup paints a pretty strong indication of where Matt Flynn will be next season: in Seattle.
Hasselbeck was available, no strings attached, and he wound up taking a job as Andrew Luck’s backup with the Colts for the not-so-insignificant sum of $8 million over two years. Hasselbeck will make $5 million in 2013 alone, which is significant because that’s about what Flynn is scheduled to earn this season on the contract he signed with Seattle last year.
And for that price, the Jets didn’t add Hasselbeck. Neither did the Jaguars, nor the Bills, which serves to give you a pretty strong indication that those teams aren’t looking to deepen their quarterback ranks with a veteran.
That could mean that teams that are quarterback poor weren’t interested in signing a proven veteran to be their starter. That also could indicate that they would not be willing to make a trade for Flynn, giving up draft picks.
General Manager John Schneider has said that he feels great having Flynn and Russell Wilson on the roster. He said “We feel real blessed to have two quarterbacks.”
Keep in mind that Wilson is tied to his rookie contract for two more years, at less than $1 million per season.
Even with a relatively high-priced backup, the Seahawks are spending way less than the league average at what is the league’s most expensive position.
The Seahawks don’t have to move Flynn, and it doesn’t look like they will.
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