The Seattle Seahawks unquestionably gamed free agency this year, adding star players at key positions of need on both sides of the ball. They traded for ex-Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin, and then signed Harvin to a long-term contract to add explosiveness to their passing game, Then, they nabbed two of the more prominent pass-rushers in Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, leading many analysts to assume that a team that already went 11-5 in 2012 could very well be on the way to a Super Bowl run.
However, two things still bedevil head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider. First, the loss of the first-round pick in the Harvin deal -- Schneider is a hard-core draftnik, and though he had no issue giving up the pick for a player of Harvin's potential value, you know he'd want more chips in later rounds. And then, there's the Matt Flynn situation. The former Green Bay Packers backup quarterback signed with the Seahawks before the 2012 season, and his three-year, $19.5 million contract would have seemed to insure him the starting position for his new team.
Then ... well, Russell Wilson happened, and Flynn was put very much on the back burner. 26 regular-season touchdowns, one playoff win, and one near playoff comeback later, Wilson, a third-round rookie, had redefined Seattle's quarterback situation in ways few could have imagined. And with a weak free-agent market at the position, not to mention a draft class full of iffy quarterbacks, it was just a matter of time before Flynn's name became a hot one on the trade market.
According to one report, that time is now. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported on Tuesday that three teams are talking to the Seahawks about acquiring Flynn's services. La Canfora says that the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, and Buffalo Bills are in the mix, and though the market for Flynn has been lukewarm to date, a trade could happen before the draft in late April.
The Jaguars would be a sensible destination for a couple of reasons. New head coach Gus Bradley was Carroll's defensive coordinator from 2010 through 2012, and though the Jags are pretty clearly ready to move on from Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville may want to use their second overall draft pick on a lineman, or other player with more pure talent than any draftable quarterback. The Raiders need a competent starter because they're almost certainly going to cut ties with Carson Palmer unless Palmer reverses course and chooses to re-structure his currently ginormous 2013 cap number. They have the third overall pick and may also want to avoid reaching for a quarterback just because. And the Bill recently released quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Many people have tied new Bills head coach Doug Marrone to Ryan Nassib, Marrone's signal-caller at Syracuse, But very few people see Nassib as a first-round pick, and the Bills pick eighth in the first round.
If the Seahawks could move Flynn and nab a couple of mid-round picks in return, it would benefit them in two ways.Read More »from Report: Seahawks may have multiple trade partners for QB Matt Flynn