After finishing the 2012 NFL regular season with an 11-5 record and winning a playoff game against the up-and-coming Washington Redskins, the Seattle Seahawks were arguably the surprise team of the season with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson leading the way.
Even though the Seahawks ultimately fell to the number one seeded Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round, Seattle took Matt Ryan and company the distance at the Georgia Dome convincing many that their season was no fluke and Wilson has a bright future in the NFL as the starter for the Seahawks moving forward.
With Wilson securing his place as the starter for the Seahawks, the question heading into the off-season is what to do with backup quarterback Matt Flynn.
Before coming into the 2012 campaign, the Seahawks signed Flynn to a three-year deal worth $19.5 million. Flynn made an impression in his final games with the Green Bay Packers a season earlier and was considered the right fit for the Seahawks until being beaten out by Wilson during the preseason.
Flynn was clearly unhappy about his new role after sitting behind Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay and signing a lucrative deal with Seattle only to sit behind a rookie. Head coach Pete Carroll was asked whether or not the team would consider trading Flynn and responded by saying the following via Eric Williams of The News Tribune:
“As we move forward we’re going to figure it out. We’re fortunate that we have two really good football players in the program.”
That said, Carroll also acknowledged that it would be nice to have another quarterback on the roster with a similar skill set in terms of running ability as Wilson.
“We’ve talked a lot about that,” Carroll said. “It would be nice to have another guy that might be able to be a factor that way. There’s some really good kids out there. We’ll see.”