Even though we’re still in the doldrums of the local sports calendar, I’m planning on ramping down the Seahawks posts (until, of course, something important happens), because GET OVER IT ALREADY! The season’s over! Move on!
But, since today is Friday, and I ain’t got shit-else to do, I thought I’d come back on here and blather on about Matt Flynn for a few hundred words.
Alex Smith was just traded from our most-direct rival for a king’s ransom. Yay. Rumors abound, but it appears they’re getting a very-high 2nd round pick in this year’s draft, and another similar pick in next year’s draft. So, don’t start counting those divisional winning chickens just yet, Seahawks fans! The 49ers have a pretty damn good front office too.
Everybody wants to know what this means for the Seahawks. After all, we’re in a very similar situation with a backup quarterback making a lot more money than the younger starting quarterback (with the obvious difference being that Alex Smith has extensive starting experience, while Matt Flynn started two games). Obviously, Alex Smith is worth more – even though we were writing him off no less than two years ago as a total and complete bust – because he was able to generate some semblance of a successful season in 2011 (and, like, half a successful season in 2012 before being benched). So, don’t come around here expecting the Seahawks to fleece some team out of its 2nd round draft pick, because that just ain’t happening!
Nobody wanted Matt Flynn last offseason, so what makes you think they suddenly want him now?
He came here as a highly-touted backup, involved with a championship organization in Green Bay, yet he still couldn’t beat out a 3rd round rookie draft pick. Now, you can say what you want about the circumstances surrounding that whole ordeal; personally I think the coaching staff was looking for every reason to give the job to Russell Wilson (as opposed to this highly-popular theory the Seahawks are spreading around, that Wilson simply went out there and “took” the job).
It says a lot about what the league thinks about Matt Flynn – when you really sit down and think about it – when you consider how reasonable his contract was when he first signed it. This was pre-draft, mind you. There were a number of teams out there (like Miami, like Washington, like Indianapolis, like Cleveland, like Arizona) who could’ve used an upgrade at the quarterback position. Yet, the Seahawks were able to sign him for a modest 3-year deal for around $20 mil, with only $10 million guaranteed. Now, why is that? Were teams scared off from the Kevin Kolb fiasco in Arizona? Or, for that matter, the Charlie Whitehurst experiment in Seattle? There’s no denying it: it’s a HUGE risk to just turn over your franchise to an inexperienced backup, just as it is to turn it over to a rookie. Either way you slice it, if he doesn’t have real game experience, then you absolutely can’t know what you have in a player. Pre-season doesn’t count. A spot start every other year doesn’t count.
So, this is pretty much the same exact player who was signed as a free agent last year. Except now, he’s going to cost a team at least a draft pick, if not two. He’s another year older, AND he has a potential arm issue (tendonitis, or some damn thing, which kept him out of that fateful pre-season game against Kansas City last year). Oh boy, I can see the teams lining up for MILES to trade for this guy!
The question remains: what could the Seahawks reasonably expect to get back from a guy like Flynn? Well, considering the market, not bloody much. Our biggest hope has to be that Gus Bradley absolutely fell in love with the guy and is willing to do whatever it takes to bring him to Jacksonville. Failing that, you’re not dealing him to the Jets unless you want a Tebow in return (no thanks). You’re not dealing him to the Raiders because they have too much capital invested in the quarterback position, in terms of both dollars and draft picks squandered. You’re not dealing him to the Chiefs because they just traded for Smith. You’re not dealing him to Arizona, because they’re not dumb enough to fall for that same trick twice (and because he’s not the type of quarterback Bruce Arians likes). You’re not dealing him to Miami because they JUST drafted a guy, and they kinda like their guy. You’re not dealing him to Cleveland for the same reason. Ditto Tennessee. You’re not dealing him to Buffalo because they just re-signed Tarvar and are inviting him to compete for the starting job. You’re not dealing him to Philly because they re-worked Mike Vick’s contract. It’s Jacksonville or bust! What kind of market is that? You’re not playing one team against the other, because there ISN’T any other (and there might not even be AH team).
If the best case scenario is Gus Bradley losing his mind, then the most realistic scenario is: the Seahawks get a 6th or 7th round pick in return for a straight-up salary dump.
Which would be pointless. You’re looking at a team well under the cap. You’re looking at a team that won’t cut Flynn because they wouldn’t save enough money to counter the fact that they’d still need to sign a backup quarterback, because SURPRISE: they HAVE no other backup quarterbacks!
What you’re going to get is another year with Matt Flynn as the backup, of which I am TOTALLY in favor. Why go to these extreme lengths to trade Flynn for nothing, then sign another veteran to be a backup when you’ve already GOT the veteran backup, he knows the system, and he works well with Russell Wilson? Not only that, but he’s still got that fire and hunger to be a starting quarterback, so he’s going to do nothing but push Russell Wilson to be even BETTER. It’s win/win all around.
So can we PRETTY PLEASE, with sugar on top, stop fucking talking about a potential Matt Flynn trade? It’s making me crazy. Do the math: it’s NOT FUCKING HAPPENING.