The Case For: Worth the risk
There aren’t usually masterful performances for a team who sits their starters to rest for the playoffs. Week 17 in the NFL season brought us one of these performances from QB Matt Flynn of the Green Bay Packers. Flynn was 31/44 for 480 yards, 6 touchdowns and 1 interception against the Lions.
Ever since the game ended, there has been wild speculation and lots of sparked interest around the NFL about bringing Flynn in to start for their team. After all, Flynn is a free agent after this season. If Green Bay were to protect him with the franchise tag, he would earn about $14.5 million…$6 million more than starter Aaron Rodgers is making.
I can see the logic behind signing him and it would make sense for a lot of clubs to go get him, especially the Seahawks.
These are the top 5 reasons the Seahawks should sign Matt Flynn.
5. Better use of draft picks
With the QB position the hottest topic in Seattle for an upgrade, there are multiple ways to get one. The most cost efficient, however, is signing Flynn to a free agent contract. Doing this would free the Seahawks up to use their draft pick(s) to obtain players to fill other positions in need as the QB spot would not need to be looked at any further.
Moving up in the draft would cost at least 2 1st rounders and possibly a 2nd round pick plus a little more.
4. Looks good so far
Matt Flynn is in his 4th year in the NFL. He has 2 career starts, but both were exceptional starts for the guy. I posted the numbers for week 17 of this year in the intro to this article. His other start, coming last season in week 15 against the Patriots saw him go 24/37 for 251 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception.
Impressive numbers, to say the least.
The Seahawks can definitely use a guy who puts up those kinds of numbers weekly.
3. NFL Ready
As previously stated, Flynn already has some NFL experience under his belt. He has 2 complete starts. He has thrown passes in 14 regular season games (combined 82/132 1015 yards 9 td 5 int).
He knows the trials and tribulations and what goes on out there which make him a seemingly easier candidate for success. Compare this to a draftee, who has to come in and get a feel for the situation and it could be disastrous.
2. Good luck with Matt’s from GB
Do you remember where our last franchise QB came from?
Matt Hasselbeck was the backup in Green Bay when Seattle brought him in. Look at what he did for the franchise.
Another helping factor is the current Seahawks GM John Schneider was in Green Bay when Flynn was scouted and brought on. Could he know something about the guy we don’t? We all know Schneider has an eye for talent with examples like Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman.
1. He’s a champ
Not only was Flynn part of the Super Bowl winning Green Bay Packers team from last season, but he also won a national championship against Ohio State (and named MVP) while in college at LSU. He may not have played in the Super Bowl or really helped get them there, but he knows what it takes to win and to go all the way.
Learning from one of the best QB’s in the NFL in the process can’t hurt, either.