As arguably one of the biggest surprise teams in the NFL during the 2012 season, the Seattle Seahawks went from a team with no hope to one of the most entertaining and well-round squads in the league. The Seahawks were able to win 11 games in the regular season and a big playoff win over the Washington Redskins while taking the number one seed Atlanta Falcons the distance in the divisional round.
Seattle was able to enjoy all of this success with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson under center. Although undersized and undervalued, Wilson only got better with more time on the field and quickly garned the distinction as one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL.
Unfortunately for backup Matt Flynn, the season that was thought to be his coming out party turned out to be a season of holding a clipboard on the sidelines. Flynn signed a three-year deal worth $19.5 million in the off-season only to lose his starting role in the preseason with Wilson emerging as a rising star and the best option for head coach Pete Carroll at the quarterback position.
With Wilson considered the long-term option at quarterback and Flynn making a considerable amount for a backup in the NFL, the Seahawks are reportedly open to trading the 27-year-old during the off-season according to Seahawks GM John Schiender via Marc Sessler of NFL.com:
“I’d be lying to you if I told you that we wouldn’t be listening to people,” Schneider told KIRO-AM on Wednesday. “I think we all believe he’s a starter in this league, but we structure ourselves in a salary-cap manner where we’re in a very good position with him. Having two quarterbacks like that is pretty special. We’re going to do what’s best for the organization — period.
“This isn’t like — ‘Now that Russell’s done so well, what do we do with Matt?’ We have two guys under contract that are good.”
With Flynn an intriguing prospect for teams around the league looking for help at the quarterback position, there will definitely be some interest in his services.
A few teams that come to mind in terms of needing an upgrade at the quarterback position heading into the off-season are the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets. All of these teams may show interest in Flynn following the comments made by Schiender about the team being open to trading their backup quarterback.