Thursday, February 28, 2013
How Smith trade affects Flynn
By Tom Carpenter
This morning we discussed how the agreement between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs to trade Alex Smith has helped set the market for New England Patriots backup QB Ryan Mallett. What about another backup quarterback, who presumably would be available at the right (and likely cheaper) price: Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Flynn?
He will be owed $5.25 million this season, which is a pretty hefty price to pay for a backup quarterback, though $2 million of that is guaranteed. The Seahawks have downplayed their desire to move Flynn, but that may just be front-office banter to help keep whatever trade value he has from diminishing.
ESPN NFC West blogger Mike Sando said in his Wednesday chat that he doesn't think the Smith trade will have much of an effect on Flynn's trade price:
Mike SandoChat with Mike Sando
"I think Alex Smith had greater value than Matt Flynn in NFL teams' eyes based on how he has played recently. Also, the absence of the Chiefs as a potential landing spot removes from the equation a team that could potentially drive up the price. I don't think the Flynn market is a hot market. Also do not think the Seahawks are nearly as eager to deal Flynn as the 49ers were eager to deal Smith."