Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Flynn's trade value
By Tim Kavanagh
One of the big plotlines for the Seattle Seahawks this offseason is what they're going to do with Matt Flynn. Do they keep him as an expensive backup to Russell Wilson, or attempt to market him to the highest bidder? There is certainly no shortage of QB-needy teams out there, and GM John Schneider recently hinted that the club is open to making the right deal.
While the discussion can continue as to whether Flynn is actually available, our John Clayton offered his opinion on what it would take one of these QB-needy teams to land the LSU product in terms of draft pick capital, and also makes note of two teams that added personnel with Seattle ties this offseason:
John ClaytonThey could get a second-day pick for him
"At first, I thought it would be difficult to get trade value for Flynn, who signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract. Now, I think the Seahawks have a chance to get a third- or fourth-round choice. There is a lack of consistency among the QBs in the 2013 draft class. There may be as many as three quarterbacks who could go in the first round, but this class doesn't look as though it will have the immediate impact of the past two years. When you look at what remains of Flynn's contract, it's not bad. The Seahawks have already paid $8 million, leaving a two-year deal at $11.5 million. By comparison, 49ers backup QB Alex Smith has two years left on his deal at $16 million. New Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley knows Flynn. So does new Jets GM John Idzik. Flynn is good enough to start. For the teams not willing to use a first-round pick on a rookie, Flynn would be a viable option."