Seahawks had an eventful summer and training camp
NFL Handicapping Update
When the Seattle Seahawks opened training camp this year, the sportsbook experts were wondering how the Seahawks were going to answer the many questions the team had at quarterback. The sequence of events that actually happened was something that the best sports betting sites never expected, and it all worked out to the advantage of the Seahawks in the end.
When the 2012-2013 season ended, the Seahawks started its quarterback juggling that saw young backup Charlie Whitehurst leave the team. During the 2012 season, Whitehurst was in a constant battle with Tavaris Jackson to see who would wind up being the first-string starter. In the eyes of head coach Pete Carroll, neither Whitehurst nor Jackson performed well enough to be the number one quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks.
In March 2012, the Seahawks signed former Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn. The per head sports experts are always hesitant to get excited about quarterbacks who get big contracts after one good game. Flynn was exceptional in a game late in the 2012 season when starter Aaron Rodgers was hurt. Prior to that game, Flynn's NFL experience was extremely limited. Based on that one game, the Seahawks signed Flynn to a big contract. It was not long before the fans and the media were reminding the Seahawks of the failed Rob Johnson experiment that set the Buffalo Bills back several seasons.
When the contract was signed, Pete Carroll refused to anoint Flynn as the starter. Much to the confusion of everyone, Carroll indicated that Flynn would battle with Tavaris Jackson for the starting job. A 5 dimes review of the contract given to Flynn showed that he was scheduled to make an average of $8 million per year. That is a lot of money to pay to a backup quarterback.
In April 2012, the Seahawks drafted Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson in the third round. With almost no fanfare, the Seahawks had brought another quarterback into the mix. But it was not long before the Seahawks had made at least one decision on the quarterback position that was accepted by the fans.
Early in the preseason, Tavaris Jackson was benched and did not even get a chance to compete for the starting job. By the third week of the preseason, Jackson was traded to the Buffalo Bills to be the backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick. Just prior to making the trade, the Seahawks had made an announcement that not many people saw coming.
Before announcing the trade of Tavaris Jackson, the Seattle Seahawks announced that rookie quarterback Russell Wilson will be the team's starter. The Seattle Seahawks now have an experienced and multi-million dollar backup in Matt Flynn and an inexperienced rookie starter in Russell Wilson. Many Seahawks fans think that this little quarterback carousel is not over in the Great Northwest.
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