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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:53 pm
  • Lets trade him to the Cards in a 4 teams trade. We'll get Dockett, Peterson, Megatron, Even Moore and Stevie Johnson. The Cards get Flynn. The Lions & Bills will get a 6th. The Eagles will get back Even Moore and a Starbucks 50 dollars gift card.
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:58 pm
  • I think ProckHawks's family got him a pound of green for Christmas.
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:00 pm
  • But I think the word is out on USC QBs, I really do.


    I doubt that will play any factor whatsoever. Those players have nothing to do with Matt Barkley. I could buy that Pete Carroll made his QBs look better than they really were, but Lane Kiffin isn't exactly a master of inspiring over-achievement.

    MontanaHawk05 wrote:I don't see who's going to jump for Flynn. There were three or four QB-desperate teams last March and none of them gave more than a half-hearted offer. He'll probably just get cut.


    It really depends if anyone smart is looking. Flynn for a late round pick Flynn is a bargain, IMO. On tape I see a QB that could be a poor man's Matt Ryan. Give him a decent line and a few weapons and he will win games.

    I also think that Flynn's market was killed by Peyton Mania and teams tapping the brakes because they thought Flynn would get a Kolb type contract. I would bet you there were more than a few teams that saw Flynn sign a $19 million contract and wished they had been in on it.
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:05 pm
  • RolandDeschain wrote:
    SeaTown81 wrote:And for all we know he could've been the reincarnation of Kevin FitzCassellKolb and been entirely mediocre, as is the case with most backups turned starters.

    I don't feel sorry for Flynn. He's making bank and having to do jack for it. What a tough break.

    Fans felt sorry for Charlie Whitehurst too.


    Lol, way to hold "Well, he might have sucked" against him. I said he deserves a chance, not a damn NFL MVP award. Calm your beard.


    I don't have a beard. How dare you. :les:

    I'm not saying he might have sucked. He most likely would've been mediocre. History is against him being some sort of crazy hidden gem as some want to suggest. And what we've seen from him in limited time suggests he looks closer to the rule than exception. Late round draft picks that spend the first half of their career on the bench rarely pan out as huge finds. They generally end up like a guy like Matt Cassell or Kevin Kolb. And I don't know how many teams are dying to give up draft picks for either right now.

    The market used to be there for backups with nothing but untapped potential. But too many teams have got burned over recent years. Which was why the free agent market for Flynn was rather sparse. And conversely, too many teams are scoring BIG by drafting guys and playing them right away. 1/3 of the league is currently qb'ed by draft picks of the last couple seasons. Team's aren't watching Seattle, Washington, and Indy make the playoffs with rookie qb's, Cincy and Minnesota getting it done with 2nd year guys, and saying to themselves, "Maybe we'll try the route Arizona and Kansas City tried instead."

    I'm not replying to you as much as I am the people who think there's some big market for the guy. There wasn't last year when team's didn't have to give up draft picks. Why would there suddenly be now?
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:08 pm
  • usChawks wrote:
    No. I like Barkley but USC QBs are not to be trusted to perform in the bigs. I am convinced USC gets these outstanding recruits, then maxs their potential before they get drafted way too high, ruining teams along the way. I think Barkley will drop out of the first and we'd have to move up in the 2nd to get him. Why? I'd sooner keep that pick(s) and Flynn.


    Apart from Carson Palmer, who has had some success in the pros, history does point to USC QBs not meeting their hype. But also consider that PC was adamantly against Sanchez entering the draft. And PC has had nothing but high praise for Barkley, even comparing RW to him. And after reading this forum for the past couple of years or so, it seems that Barkley has some elite qualities to his game, unlike some of those names above.

    Actually, here's a little story that may or may not mean anything. The USC film school had a screening of 'The League' in October that was free to USC students (with RSVP), and I wore a bright neon green Seahawks shirt. Matt Barkley was there with a couple of people, and he actually walked by and said 'nice shirt' to me. It did make me wonder, just for a little bit..

    But this is all hypothetical, of course. I guess a 1st rounder is a steep price for a backup QB. Honestly, I just really really hope he doesn't get drafted by any NFC West teams besides the Seahawks.


    I admire your honesty re USC QBs. IMO, the last good one was very long ago. Rodney Pete, and he wasn't exactly a superstar. I thought Palmer was over-rated and to comment on Sanchez or Lienert would be rubbing salt into wounds. Who else? Rob Johnson was OK. Salisbury...no. Marinovich? All he "saw was purple". Sorry, had to do it. I know I'm missing a few but it's really incredible how few outstanding QBs have come from your outstanding program. I think it's a huge compliment to those that coached them to so many championships.

    I think that's about to change. I've seen no more of this kid than any other outsider, but I sincerely believe Max Wittek is going to be the real deal. Huge arm, great size and can think on his feet. He couldn't ask for a worse, or better, situation than what he is about to have vs. ND. I am rooting for him as well as the Trojans. I am also hoping for good things to come Matt Barkley's way. I really do like the kid.
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:12 pm
  • Tech Worlds wrote:Jones? He was a disappointment as well. Maybe it's because I bought into his hype during the offseason about how he was going to transform our pass rush.

    Seams like 4 million isn't that much for a top flight backup to me.


    Flynn will be paid $7.25 million next season and $8.25 million the next. If it was $4 million, I'd agree. But at that steep a price, I suspect he'll be gone this offseason.

    I'm fine with either keeping Jones or letting him walk. That said, why not take advantage of a good DT free agency? If we don't keep Jones, I'd like to spend that money on an upgrade.
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:12 pm
  • I love your break down of the of the cap implications. It makes total sense, the only thing I would disagree with would be the expandability of Miller. He does so many things for us in the run game that don't show up on the stat sheet. I would hate to see him leave. I think it would be a huge set back, not to mention he can catch the ball and run good routes and is turning out to be a good option for RW.be The other thing that worries me is the fact that Luck RG3 and our man RW have had success. I see other teams starting rookies right away and that hurts flynns trade value. It's going to be interesting to see what happens with flynn. I don't want to see us snag or over pay for any big time FA's when we're going to have to pay top coin to keep most of our guys come 2014.
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:18 pm
  • Are you allowed a trade that states 5th round pick but if he starts more than 6 games it turns into a 2nd rounder (or something like it)
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:18 pm
  • Funny enough, I think there could be some real potential for an in division trade. Arizona is desperate at QB and might be picking too low to get one of the 3 first round QB options. SF will want to dump Alex Smith and Seattle will want to unload Flynn. I think both teams wouldn't mind dealing to Arizona, because although it would make Arizona a much better team, it would prevent them from being bad enough to get the next Luck/RG3 megastar in the draft for half a decade or more (unless they are smart enough to draft Johnny Manziel in the 3rd round of the 2016 draft, but if Arizona did something smart after the early rounds, it would be a first).
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:25 pm
  • mikeak wrote:Are you allowed a trade that states 5th round pick but if he starts more than 6 games it turns into a 2nd rounder (or something like it)


    Not only is this allowed, but it's very common. Hell, our own trade with the Bills for Beast Mode had a # of games started escalator, if I recall correctly.
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:30 pm
  • RolandDeschain wrote:
    mikeak wrote:Are you allowed a trade that states 5th round pick but if he starts more than 6 games it turns into a 2nd rounder (or something like it)


    Not only is this allowed, but it's very common. Hell, our own trade with the Bills for Beast Mode had a # of games started escalator, if I recall correctly.


    The TJack trade had an escalator clause in it that upgraded the pick from a 7 to a 6 if he was merely active for 6 games this season. At the time everyone considered it to be a lock. Guess how many games he was active for this year? As many as you and I combined.

    As for what mikeak is asking, you don't normally see conditional trades that escalate multiple rounds like from a 5th to a 2nd. I'm sure it's allowed. But it's typically only a difference of one round.
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:30 pm
  • Tech Worlds wrote:We don't need monet to resign thurmond. He can't stay healthy and quite honestly I don't want players who are injury prone.

    Jones? He was a disappointment as well. Maybe it's because I bought into his hype during the offseason about how he was going to transform our pass rush.

    Seams like 4 million isn't that much for a top flight backup to me.


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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:31 pm
  • I don't really buy the argument that nobody would want Flynn because nobody wanted him last year. By my count, there are currently 7 teams that could use a new QB this offseason (and only 3 projected 1st round pick QBs). They are the Jets, Bills, Jaguars, Chiefs, Raiders, Vikings, and Cardinals. None of them were in the market for a QB last year (either due to financial commitments or having a rookie QB who needed more time to evaluate), so there's no way to know if they all would've passed on Flynn.

    The teams that did need a new QB last year all got one. There were really only two other suitors for Flynn's services besides the Seahawks, and those were the Dolphins and Browns. And they both opted to draft a 1st round QB instead. Not every team this year can do that. I think there will be a market for him, and its not franchise-crippling to take on his contract for a 4th round pick. There will be desperate teams out there.
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:35 pm
  • I think there's a good chance the Cardinals could have an even record or better next year if they grabbed Flynn and drafted two very good O-linemen. I'd jump on picking up Flynn for a 3rd-rounder as a Cardinals fan despite being burned by Kolb, IMO.
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:38 pm
  • I'd almost prefer a 3rd, plus a either a 4th or 5th. That should be close to value, IMO.
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:39 pm
  • Erebus wrote:I don't really buy the argument that nobody would want Flynn because nobody wanted him last year. By my count, there are currently 7 teams that could use a new QB this offseason (and only 3 projected 1st round pick QBs). They are the Jets, Bills, Jaguars, Chiefs, Raiders, Vikings, and Cardinals. None of them were in the market for a QB last year (either due to financial commitments or having a rookie QB who needed more time to evaluate), so there's no way to know if they all would've passed on Flynn.

    The teams that did need a new QB last year all got one. There were really only two other suitors for Flynn's services besides the Seahawks, and those were the Dolphins and Browns. And they both opted to draft a 1st round QB instead. Not every team this year can do that. I think there will be a market for him, and its not franchise-crippling to take on his contract for a 4th round pick. There will be desperate teams out there.


    Agreed. Way different years, situations, draft class, etc. Everyone was eligible for the lottery with RG3 available for trade.
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  • SeaTown81 wrote:The market used to be there for backups with nothing but untapped potential. But too many teams have got burned over recent years. Which was why the free agent market for Flynn was rather sparse. And conversely, too many teams are scoring BIG by drafting guys and playing them right away. 1/3 of the league is currently qb'ed by draft picks of the last couple seasons. Team's aren't watching Seattle, Washington, and Indy make the playoffs with rookie qb's, Cincy and Minnesota getting it done with 2nd year guys, and saying to themselves, "Maybe we'll try the route Arizona and Kansas City tried instead."

    I'm not replying to you as much as I am the people who think there's some big market for the guy. There wasn't last year when team's didn't have to give up draft picks. Why would there suddenly be now?


    As I said to someone else, it really depends if there is a smart team out there that doesn't have access to the top 3 QBs in the draft but still needs to address the position. In baseball, the smartest GMs have taken to the "moneyball" philosophy of observing league wide trends and exploiting market inefficiencies. Or to put it using a stock market cliche: You buy low, sell high.

    The league is buying high on rookie QBs and selling low on backups right now. The instinct of any moneyball type GM right now should be to investigate options where no one else is looking, because there will be no bidding war to drive up the price.

    Or to put it in a very direct way: we have probably the smartest front office in the entire NFL, and guess who it was that signed Matt Flynn in the first place despite not even wanting him that much at the beginning of FA? They did it because they realized that Flynn's price was dropping as a result of being a market inefficiency. If Flynn were starting this season and playing on par with expectations, I think a lot of people would be amazed with how smart Seattle was for getting a solid league average QB (or better) at such low cost.

    I agree with you that the recent success of young QBs will further emphasize the draft as a solution. Only problem is, after the top 3 QBs are gone you are looking at a QB class that has very little left (unless you are willing to overlook size issues (Aaron Murray, Matt Scott), which only a handful of GMs will). Despite the lack of options, the perception of the draft being a good source for a QB will turn 5th round QBs into 3rd round QBs, and 4th round QBs into 2nd rounders. What seems smarter, paying a 2nd round pick for a rookie Landry Jones or Tyler Bray, neither of which will likely be any good, or paying a 7th round pick and some cash for an established veteran nuanced in the west coast offense who has played very well at times?

    If I was starting the NFL's 33rd franchise as GM that would be the very first call I'd make, just like how Holmgren called Green Bay for Hasselbeck and got a franchise QB for pennies on the dollar. I won't put Flynn on that high of a pedestal, but when he wasn't checking down and wasn't having passes dropped, he looked like a franchise QB in the preseason and he's acquitted himself well in the few regular season games he's played too.

    And it's not like Flynn has to be your franchise. He isn't signed to a 6/60 contract like Kolb was. He's on a 2/15.5 deal (only $4 million guaranteed). It's just a low cost bridge QB that won't hurt your team while having real potential to be more than that.

    I don't see much of a market for Flynn, but I do think a few smart teams will look at Flynn and his contract and think he's worth it. The draft pick won't be stellar, but the draft pick is just a bonus. If Seattle unloads Flynn for a round 4-7 pick, I'd say it a win for Seattle and a big win for whoever the buyer is. Seattle got a draft pick for Tarvaris Jackson. They got two picks for Aaron Curry. Flynn is far more valuable than either one- so I don't think Seattle would have much trouble finding a buyer, especially in a year where hunger at QB looks as intense as ever.
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:42 pm
  • Erebus wrote:I don't really buy the argument that nobody would want Flynn because nobody wanted him last year. By my count, there are currently 7 teams that could use a new QB this offseason (and only 3 projected 1st round pick QBs). They are the Jets, Bills, Jaguars, Chiefs, Raiders, Vikings, and Cardinals. None of them were in the market for a QB last year (either due to financial commitments or having a rookie QB who needed more time to evaluate), so there's no way to know if they all would've passed on Flynn.

    The teams that did need a new QB last year all got one. There were really only two other suitors for Flynn's services besides the Seahawks, and those were the Dolphins and Browns. And they both opted to draft a 1st round QB instead. Not every team this year can do that. I think there will be a market for him, and its not franchise-crippling to take on his contract for a 4th round pick. There will be desperate teams out there.


    I agree with this. But I'd lower the pick value to a 5th or 6th. A 4 would be a huge win. Who knows? Maybe we can find a super desperate rookie GM to fleece like San Diego was able to do with JS his first year?

    But more likely than not the team will act as if taking on the contract is a burden, whether it is on not. There will be a perceived notion that Seattle wants to get rid of Flynn because it won't want an expensive backup now that it knows what it has in Wilson. If I'm a GM negotiating with Seattle, I'm going in with the opinion that I'm doing the Hawks a favor in taking off the league's most expensive backup off their hands. Not saying this is the case. But that's how I'd approach talks.

    And while I do think there could be a team or two interested in giving up a mid-round pick for Flynn. I still think the new trend of drafting and playing young players is not to be ignored. The trend has existed for a couple years now. But in the face of RG3, Luck, and Wilson, it's going to grow even more so. The NFL is a copycat league. After the year of the rookie qb, nobody is trying to copycat KC or Arizona. If Flynn in in fact traded, I'd put money on his new team also drafting a qb semi-early on. Similar to what Seattle did this year with Wilson in rd 3.
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:43 pm
  • Arizona should be gunshy after the Kilb trade. I could see them make a trade like fifth rounder if this but second rounder if this.

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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:43 pm
  • kearly wrote:Funny enough, I think there could be some real potential for an in division trade. Arizona is desperate at QB and might be picking too low to get one of the 3 first round QB options. SF will want to dump Alex Smith and Seattle will want to unload Flynn. I think both teams wouldn't mind dealing to Arizona, because although it would make Arizona a much better team, it would prevent them from being bad enough to get the next Luck/RG3 megastar in the draft for half a decade or more (unless they are smart enough to draft Johnny Manziel in the 3rd round of the 2016 draft, but if Arizona did something smart after the early rounds, it would be a first).


    Excellent point on preventing Zona from getting a future ringer. If I were Zona, I'd do both... and I'd do it now. I'd trade, cut, whatever I had to do with all of their QBs. Maybe get a few late rd picks for the bunch. I'd work a deal for Flynn or Smith. Both, IMO, are solid QBs. Then I'd trade down in the first and pick up a nother late rd pick. I'd then use my first on Tyler Wilson to be groomed behind Flynn / Smith. One thing they know they have is time. They are not going to unseat us or SF anytime soon. No better time than now to start developing players while still fielding a respectable team (that will keep fan interest). Barkley, IMO, will be there late as well, But after Lienert, do they really want to put their necks out for another Trojan? Sounds like a PR nitemare to me.
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:54 pm
  • Superman509 wrote:I love your break down of the of the cap implications. It makes total sense, the only thing I would disagree with would be the expandability of Miller. He does so many things for us in the run game that don't show up on the stat sheet. I would hate to see him leave.


    To be clear, I don't want to mess with Miller's contract either. That was kind of my point- the most obvious contract for restructure is a good player, and good players are usually left alone. Miller isn't worth his $11 million cap hit next year, but releasing him saves only $7 million, and to replace Miller with a decent option you are probably looking at paying at least that much, so Seattle should only cut Miller if they are desperate.

    Hence, it makes trading Flynn a very real option as our salary cap savior this season (releasing is an option too, but I think it's very likely that a few teams would happily take his contract off our hands for a late pick).
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:13 pm
  • HawkWow wrote:IMO, will be there late as well, But after Lienert, do they really want to put their necks out for another Trojan? Sounds like a PR nitemare to me.


    A few months ago I was hopeful that Barkley could slide, but I think it's very obvious now that he won't. You have teams all over league tripping over themselves to copy Indy's Curtis Painter tactic from 2011. The Jets purposely not starting Tim Tebow in favor of future CFL player Greg McElroy. Arizona starting Lindley and Hoyer. The Bills GM openly admitting that he will trade up for a QB in the upcoming draft. The Raiders are thinking of turning to Terrelle Pryor (although he might actually be an upgrade over Matt Leinart).

    And who are those teams so desperate to tank for? I doubt it's Tyler Wilson, who's this year's Ryan Tannehill (at best). I doubt it's for Geno Smith, who has some ability but has very much cooled off after a hot start. It has to be for Barkley. Let's not forget that many people considered Barkley 1B to Andrew Luck's 1A before this season, and Barkley's white hot finish in 2011 was the reason for USC's pre-season #1 ranking.

    Barkley will go #1, or at the very worst, top 5. If KC picks #1, he will be a Chief. If Jacksonville picks #1, he'll either be a Jaguar or sold off to the highest bidder. Do NOT be shocked if we see a huge bidding war for Barkley's services. He will likely be the consensus #1 QB and teams are as hungry as ever for rookie QBs hoping to channel the same success as the 2012 group.
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:42 pm
  • kearly wrote:
    Superman509 wrote:I love your break down of the of the cap implications. It makes total sense, the only thing I would disagree with would be the expandability of Miller. He does so many things for us in the run game that don't show up on the stat sheet. I would hate to see him leave.


    To be clear, I don't want to mess with Miller's contract either. That was kind of my point- the most obvious contract for restructure is a good player, and good players are usually left alone. Miller isn't worth his $11 million cap hit next year, but releasing him saves only $7 million, and to replace Miller with a decent option you are probably looking at paying at least that much, so Seattle should only cut Miller if they are desperate.

    Hence, it makes trading Flynn a very real option as our salary cap savior this season (releasing is an option too, but I think it's very likely that a few teams would happily take his contract off our hands for a late pick).


    Do you think we could ship him for a player that wants out? At this point I'd be happy to dump his salary and start looking at extending our own players. I'm wondering if they re negotiate with Miller and give him more money up front n order to push his cap number down. I don't know how that works but I've seen things like that happen. I'd think cable would flip his lid if something were to happen to Miller.
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:03 pm
  • All I know is that if he is traded, I hope he goes to an AFC team we don't face next year so that I can cheer for both him AND RW.

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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:45 am
  • I don't understand why people on here tend to devalue the trade value of a starting Quarterback when history demonstrates otherwise. We gave up a 3rd and moved way back in the 2nd for a piece of "scrap" QB.

    Kansas City gave up a 2nd rounder for Matt Cassell and took on a monstrous contract.

    Chicago gave up a 1st rounder for Jay Cutler.

    Houston gave up a 2nd round pick for Matt Schaub (IIRC).

    I won't mention Oakland's Palmer deal because nobody alive is that stupid

    Arizona gave up a top-flight DB and a 2nd round pick was it for Kolb?

    And look at the risk teams have taken by using 1st, 2nd and 3rd round picks on all sort of QBs. I don't think Osweiler will ever make it in the NFL. He will probably be "okay," but that doesn't win championships.

    And there are a lot of desperate teams that thought they were set at quarterback going in to 2012, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Kansas City, Buffalo, Cleveland, Oakland, Eagles, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Arizona, and maybe even San Francisco.

    If nothing else, all of these teams need to invest in a good backup in case their QBOTF plays like he did in 2012.

    So I don't think it's too far fetched to get a 2nd or high 3rd rounder for Matt Flynn, and swapping spots in the 1st is a real possibility imho. Hell, we gave up a 1st for a wide receiver! Don't forget that a QB from a successful team has added value. Matt Cassell going 11-5 in Cincinnati wouldn't have earned them a 2nd round pick like New England got. Much of a player's value depends on the team that they play for. Other teams want that experience, they want some of that mojo.

    We shall see though. A lot depends on who keeps their job and who doesn't. I expect that Romeo Crennel will keep his job but he will be on a short leash. So he won't want to risk his career on a rookie QB. But then again, KC might be gunshy about trading for someone else's QB. If that's the case, I could see Buffalo or Minnesota being interested in a new QB.
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:10 am
  • No team in this league can win without a decent QB. Teams that will need a QB in 2013:
    Kansas City
    San Diego should cut Rivers. I think he is really a back up now.
    Tampa Bay might look for a QB. Freeman needs to be seriously challenged. He hasn't progressed, although he doesn't have competition
    Buffallo needs a QB. I don't think what they have now is the answer.
    Minnesota needs a QB.
    Philly will need a QB. I don't think Foles is the answer, if they want to compete soon.
    Jets ... for obvious reasons
    Jacksonville will sign Tebow
    Cardinals need a QB ...
    Cleveland is also looking at a QB. Weeden is not their answer ...
    I think the market for Flynn is out there. We can get good value for him.
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:42 am
  • You won't find out where the market is till all the coaches and GM's get fired next week. Typically they will bring on guys that will then want to fit guys in that can play in there systems. Young and Vick as mobile guys Foles proved he can play in my opinion. You also will have guys like McCoy maybe on the market along with Smith.
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:52 am
  • joeseahawks wrote:No team in this league can win without a decent QB. Teams that will need a QB in 2013:
    Kansas City
    San Diego should cut Rivers. I think he is really a back up now.
    Tampa Bay might look for a QB. Freeman needs to be seriously challenged. He hasn't progressed, although he doesn't have competition
    Buffallo needs a QB. I don't think what they have now is the answer.
    Minnesota needs a QB.
    Philly will need a QB. I don't think Foles is the answer, if they want to compete soon.
    Jets ... for obvious reasons
    Jacksonville will sign Tebow
    Cardinals need a QB ...
    Cleveland is also looking at a QB. Weeden is not their answer ...
    I think the market for Flynn is out there. We can get good value for him.


    Clevelands not looking for a QB, Weeden has had kind of a rough first season, but he's isn't at all bad. Jacksonville needs a QB badly too, Tebow isn't the future of anything and neither is Gabbert or Henne.
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:38 am
  • MontanaHawk05 wrote:I don't see who's going to jump for Flynn. There were three or four QB-desperate teams last March and none of them gave more than a half-hearted offer. He'll probably just get cut.


    Agreed. I think we'll cut him unless a team offers a late round pick. And the Seahawks will be free then to add a QB with comparable physical skills to Wilson so they don't have to dramatically switch their game plan if the starter gets injured.

    And there's never great demand for a physically mediocre QB approaching 30, earning $7-8m for a season who has to date been a career backup. If you think a team is going to offer much for that, it's wishful thinking. The market was cold for a reason last year. The fact a few others teams are also in need 12 months on means little. Are Kansas City going to jump from Cassel/Quinn to Matt Flynn? Good luck selling that to the fans in KC.
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:01 am
  • Again I completely disagree with those of you that think Flynn will be traded or released.

    You all ignore the FACTS of Wilson being in his rookie contract for at least 3 years we are probably paying less for our 2 QBs than most teams. And why would we trade away a better than decent backup when we have no other in sight and maybe have a chance at a Super Bowl?

    Use you heads,,,there is no upside for the Seahawks to trade/release Flynn in any of the scenerios you mention.

    Again I'm going to wager he is going no where for at least 2 more seasons. Why? Cause the team can't negotiate a new contract for Wilson until he has played 3 years of his rookie contract. By then, Flynn might very well be to old for any trade value and his best money options would be stay here for the rest of his career.

    He can make $3 million a year and hopefully not get his uniform dirty. Not a Super Bowl but damned sure better than most backup QBs can expect.

    I think some of you just are never completely happy and have to think up outragous things for something to do.

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Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:20 am
  • The writing is on the wall everybody, don't you see it?

    Matt Flynn gets traded, said team also drafts a young, promising QB. Youngster wins the job and turns into a future HOF.

    Meanwhile, the Seahawks make a big splash in FA and bring back T-Jack just for Zebulon!

    In all seriousness. This is the route I would explore. He'll be cheap, we know what he can do and he did it before this offense was the monster it's turning into now. He's a solid option as a backup and hopefully Russ will be one of those guys that never needs his backup. Bring back Josh Portis for next season and try and develop him for trade value and then in 2013 draft Tylor Tettleton out of Ohio. Son of former catcher Mickey, one of my all-time favorite athletes with one of the greatest batting stances of all time. He's the closest thing I've seen to Russell Wilson in terms of toughness, poise, and leadership although not on RW's level. Not to mention they are the same stature. He'd be the guy that we could stash as a backup for years who, if pressed into action, could carry out a similar offense to Wilson.

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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:59 am
  • The Radish wrote:Again I completely disagree with those of you that think Flynn will be traded or released.

    You all ignore the FACTS of Wilson being in his rookie contract for at least 3 years we are probably paying less for our 2 QBs than most teams. And why would we trade away a better than decent backup when we have no other in sight and maybe have a chance at a Super Bowl?

    Use you heads,,,there is no upside for the Seahawks to trade/release Flynn in any of the scenerios you mention.

    Again I'm going to wager he is going no where for at least 2 more seasons. Why? Cause the team can't negotiate a new contract for Wilson until he has played 3 years of his rookie contract. By then, Flynn might very well be to old for any trade value and his best money options would be stay here for the rest of his career.

    He can make $3 million a year and hopefully not get his uniform dirty. Not a Super Bowl but damned sure better than most backup QBs can expect.

    I think some of you just are never completely happy and have to think up outragous things for something to do.

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    A cheap starting qb doesn't mean you absolutely have to have a pricey backup. You can have a normal priced backup and spend the money you'd have spent on Flynn on other positions. Either in adding to or improving another starting position, or use it to help keep some of your young players like Kam Chancellor who will be asking for raises soon.
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:05 am
  • This situation is very similar to the Ninners situation.

    They promoted Kapriprick. Why? He's cheap. This will allow them to cut or trade Smith. Then they will use that money to try and reup some of their superstar roster.
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:09 am
  • I don't think Flynn wants to be a career backup. If he did, why leave Green Bay? He was backing up one of the best (supposedly). Sure you can say the money, but ultimately I think he came to Seattle under the guise of being it's starting quarterback. You can't argue that this played out unexpectedly. Few thought that WIlson would come and and win the job. It put Flynn in a weird situation. I wouldn't be surprised if the FO did Flynn "a solid" and let him test the waters to see what kind of interest there is in his services next off season, sort of give a him a chance to go and start somewhere else.
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:11 am
  • I would like to see him in a Cardinal uniform next year. I just think he is average and it would continue to hold back that franchise imo.
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:12 am
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    MontanaHawk05 wrote:I don't see who's going to jump for Flynn. There were three or four QB-desperate teams last March and none of them gave more than a half-hearted offer. He'll probably just get cut.


    Agreed. I think we'll cut him unless a team offers a late round pick. And the Seahawks will be free then to add a QB with comparable physical skills to Wilson so they don't have to dramatically switch their game plan if the starter gets injured.

    And there's never great demand for a physically mediocre QB approaching 30, earning $7-8m for a season who has to date been a career backup. If you think a team is going to offer much for that, it's wishful thinking. The market was cold for a reason last year. The fact a few others teams are also in need 12 months on means little. Are Kansas City going to jump from Cassel/Quinn to Matt Flynn? Good luck selling that to the fans in KC.


    I think this hits the nail on the head. Flynn's value is being overstated by many around here. He is a career backup who has never proven that he can be a franchise saver. For the teams who are desperate, I just do not see them betting it all on Matt Flynn. Personally, I would like to keep him unless it is clear that the Flynn money would be better used elsewhere.

    I would much rather pick up a top tier DT in free agency than a WR, unless that WR is Mike Wallace. The other guys all have some sort of issue that makes them unworthy of the big money in my eyes.

    Otherwise, I'd rather spend a high pick on a WR and even a TE, and let those young players grow with Wilson starting right away.
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Re: The future of Matt Flynn
Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:28 am
  • Since when do we care what people want?

    Oh sorry you don't like playing CB Sherman you want to be a WR sure lets make you the number 1 WR..........

    Flynn wants to retire then he is free to do so
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:34 am
  • mikeak wrote:Since when do we care what people want?

    Oh sorry you don't like playing CB Sherman you want to be a WR sure lets make you the number 1 WR..........

    Flynn wants to retire then he is free to do so


    When it free's up some cash to pay (and help keep) some guys who are actually playing, rather then a guy riding the pine, some care to a lot.
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:45 am
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    mikeak wrote:Since when do we care what people want?

    Oh sorry you don't like playing CB Sherman you want to be a WR sure lets make you the number 1 WR..........

    Flynn wants to retire then he is free to do so


    When it free's up some cash to pay (and help keep) some guys who are actually playing, rather then a guy riding the pine, some care to a lot.


    This is different than posted above about Flynn not wanting to be a backup. The team shouldn't care what Flynn wants and doesn't want. They should care about the best decision for the team using the cap as one item to review. I didn't say don't care about the cap I said don't care about Flynns feelings..............
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:46 am
  • Mistashoesta wrote:I don't think Flynn wants to be a career backup. If he did, why leave Green Bay? He was backing up one of the best (supposedly). Sure you can say the money, but ultimately I think he came to Seattle under the guise of being it's starting quarterback. You can't argue that this played out unexpectedly. Few thought that WIlson would come and and win the job. It put Flynn in a weird situation. I wouldn't be surprised if the FO did Flynn "a solid" and let him test the waters to see what kind of interest there is in his services next off season, sort of give a him a chance to go and start somewhere else.


    Flynn signed a two year contract, it's not up to him......unless he wants to hold out. But I don't see him as that kind of player.

    The Hawks hold all the cards on this one. My guess is Pete and John will trade Flynn if they can get a high draft pick.........or they'll keep him as a backup.
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:48 am
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    HawkWow wrote:IMO, will be there late as well, But after Lienert, do they really want to put their necks out for another Trojan? Sounds like a PR nitemare to me.


    A few months ago I was hopeful that Barkley could slide, but I think it's very obvious now that he won't. You have teams all over league tripping over themselves to copy Indy's Curtis Painter tactic from 2011. The Jets purposely not starting Tim Tebow in favor of future CFL player Greg McElroy. Arizona starting Lindley and Hoyer. The Bills GM openly admitting that he will trade up for a QB in the upcoming draft. The Raiders are thinking of turning to Terrelle Pryor (although he might actually be an upgrade over Matt Leinart).

    And who are those teams so desperate to tank for? I doubt it's Tyler Wilson, who's this year's Ryan Tannehill (at best). I doubt it's for Geno Smith, who has some ability but has very much cooled off after a hot start. It has to be for Barkley. Let's not forget that many people considered Barkley 1B to Andrew Luck's 1A before this season, and Barkley's white hot finish in 2011 was the reason for USC's pre-season #1 ranking.

    Barkley will go #1, or at the very worst, top 5. If KC picks #1, he will be a Chief. If Jacksonville picks #1, he'll either be a Jaguar or sold off to the highest bidder. Do NOT be shocked if we see a huge bidding war for Barkley's services. He will likely be the consensus #1 QB and teams are as hungry as ever for rookie QBs hoping to channel the same success as the 2012 group.


    This is an absolutely crazy thought, but hell, I'll post it anyway:

    Jacksonville flips the top pick (if they get it) for a king's ransom in draft choices, and one of those goes to Seattle for Flynn.
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:49 am
  • Sgt. Largent wrote:Flynn signed a two year contract, it's not up to him......unless he wants to hold out. But I don't see him as that kind of player.

    The Hawks hold all the cards on this one. My guess is Pete and John will trade Flynn if they can get a high draft pick.........or they'll keep him as a backup.


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Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:57 am
  • The Radish wrote:Again I completely disagree with those of you that think Flynn will be traded or released.

    You all ignore the FACTS of Wilson being in his rookie contract for at least 3 years we are probably paying less for our 2 QBs than most teams. And why would we trade away a better than decent backup when we have no other in sight and maybe have a chance at a Super Bowl?

    Use you heads,,,there is no upside for the Seahawks to trade/release Flynn in any of the scenerios you mention.

    Again I'm going to wager he is going no where for at least 2 more seasons. Why? Cause the team can't negotiate a new contract for Wilson until he has played 3 years of his rookie contract. By then, Flynn might very well be to old for any trade value and his best money options would be stay here for the rest of his career.

    He can make $3 million a year and hopefully not get his uniform dirty. Not a Super Bowl but damned sure better than most backup QBs can expect.

    I think some of you just are never completely happy and have to think up outragous things for something to do.

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    Nobody is ignoring Wilson's contract. Kip's argument - and it's water tight - is that the money free'd up by removing Flynn's backup contract would free up significant funds to sign a starter instead. We're talking about a $7-8m cap hit here for a player who all being well never sees an important snap in the entire regular season. While there is cap room available in Seattle, they will want to save some to follow over for the following year to re-sign key starters in 2014 and they will probably like the freedom to at least consider signing a guy like Randy Starks who would take our defense to another level.

    Or on the other hand, you can eat up $7-8m for a player who hopefully never sees the field and not do any of those things.

    So, yeah. That's why people are talking about moving Flynn.
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:03 am
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    mikeak wrote:Since when do we care what people want?

    Oh sorry you don't like playing CB Sherman you want to be a WR sure lets make you the number 1 WR..........

    Flynn wants to retire then he is free to do so


    When it free's up some cash to pay (and help keep) some guys who are actually playing, rather then a guy riding the pine, some care to a lot.


    This is different than posted above about Flynn not wanting to be a backup. The team shouldn't care what Flynn wants and doesn't want. They should care about the best decision for the team using the cap as one item to review. I didn't say don't care about the cap I said don't care about Flynns feelings..............


    I see what you're saying. What I meant to say was more along the lines of Pete has a mouthpiece, he's a master at not stating the obvious. He may very well want to dump Matt to help out the cap hit, but I doubt he is going to flat come out and say that. Him saying that we wanted to give Matt a chance elsewhere would get the job done and sound good at the same time.

    Just like when he kept speaking on Tj's role, even though he pretty much knew he would be gone.
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:08 am
  • The Radish wrote:Again I completely disagree with those of you that think Flynn will be traded or released.

    You all ignore the FACTS of Wilson being in his rookie contract for at least 3 years we are probably paying less for our 2 QBs than most teams. And why would we trade away a better than decent backup when we have no other in sight and maybe have a chance at a Super Bowl?:


    There's no denying Flynn's value to the team as one of the better backup QB's in the league. But the fact is we're paying him starting QB money, and that just doesn't make financial sense.

    NFL salary caps work because positions are slotted for certain salaries, and the backup QB slot is not suppose to be eating up 7-10 million a year in salary. That just doesn't make good cap sense when there's no QB controversy.

    I just don't see why Pete and John would be OK with Flynn's contract eating up that much cap space when they could use that money towards resigning starters, or towards free agents. Therefore that only leaves two options;

    1. Trade for valuable draft picks
    2. Restructure

    I don't see Flynn being OK with restructuring, so trading him is the most likely scenario
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:13 am
  • The most important thing for Seattle to do this off-season is to keep improving, keep building. They aren't going to be able to do that as easily if they're paying a backup $7-8m against the cap. They need to bounce some cap forward, consider the consequences of a LOT of young players starting to hit contract years and make one or two key acquisitions (such as a Randy Starks) to keep improving the starting roster.

    All of these things are much more likely if Flynn is traded or cut.
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:15 am
  • The only way you trade Flynn is if you have a backup capable of winning games.

    Remember the backup will want money too -- you got to commit at least $500k to him if a rookie and well over a million if FA so lets assume $1 million making the saving more like $6million

    If RW misses a single game (remember a concussion almost equals out the next game so that actually two games - first the game he leaves then the next game) then the question is do you think it is worth $6 million to have Flynn come off the bench vs Jason Campbell.

    Consider our record this year. Lets assume Wilson gets injured in the Bears game - do we win that game with a backup? So if we came into this weekend having to beat the Rams to make the playoffs would you be happy with that? And by the way the Bears would own the tiebreaker against us....

    Now is that not worth $6 million? Playing a backup is a very real probability.
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:16 am
  • theENGLISHseahawk wrote:The most important thing for Seattle to do this off-season is to keep improving, keep building. They aren't going to be able to do that as easily if they're paying a backup $7-8m against the cap. They need to bounce some cap forward, consider the consequences of a LOT of young players starting to hit contract years and make one or two key acquisitions (such as a Randy Starks) to keep improving the starting roster.

    All of these things are much more likely if Flynn is traded or cut.


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Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:17 am
  • theENGLISHseahawk wrote:The most important thing for Seattle to do this off-season is to keep improving, keep building. They aren't going to be able to do that as easily if they're paying a backup $7-8m against the cap. They need to bounce some cap forward, consider the consequences of a LOT of young players starting to hit contract years and make one or two key acquisitions (such as a Randy Starks) to keep improving the starting roster.

    All of these things are much more likely if Flynn is traded or cut.


    Cut isn't an option really. I think the cap hit would be the full salary for this coming year so the 7-8 million plus the guaranteed for 2014 which is over 2 million so that is a $10 million cap hit (someone correct me if I am wrong).

    Trade is an option
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:20 am
  • mikeak wrote:The only way you trade Flynn is if you have a backup capable of winning games.


    Of course. But there are plenty of capable backup QB's in the league, and my guess is Pete and John would continue their tradition of drafting QB's in the later rounds to develop.

    This is not a discussion on Flynn's talent, he is talented, especially as a backup. The discussion is whether it's wise to commit so much cap space to someone holding a clipboard? Especially if other teams are offering a high draft pick for Flynn. There are at least 10-12 teams out there dying for starting QB's, so I imagine Flynn's trade value will be pretty high this off season.
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