It’s Official! The Seahawks trade QB Matt Flynn to the Raiders

Enjoy the Bay

In a move that we have been anticipating since Friday, the Seahawks traded Matt Flynn to the Raiders for a couple of draft picks.  Those two picks will be a “fifth-round choice in 2014 and a conditional pick (which could be nothing) in ‘2015,” according to Albert Breer of the NFL network on Twitter this AM.

I would have liked to have seen the the Seahawks get a 5th round pick this year and the conditional pick come in 2014, but at least Seattle is stock piling for the future.

It Had To Be Done

All along I have felt that not only would the Seahawks trade Matt Flynn, it is exactly what they should do.

It seemed like the majority of the people that I heard, or read, who cover the Seahawks were judging whether Matt should be kept based on his salary. If that had been the only issue with keeping him, the Seahawks would have been better off to keep the 27 year old.

Unfortunately it wasn’t, in-fact the most important thing to remember here is the player.

Last season Matt Flynn signed with the Seahawks with the reasonable expectation of being Seattle’s starting quarterback, after years of backing up Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay.  Flynn played well during the preseason.

Unfortunately for him, a young third round draft pick beat him out as the teams starter.

Russell Wilson has cemented himself as the teams starting quarterback, at least through the remainder of Matt Flynn’s contract.  Meaning Matt would have had to spend the next two seasons being a back-up again.

Matt Flynn is a quarterback who wants his chance to start in the NFL.  I can’t say wether he would have become outspoken about his unhappiness, but I can assure you that he wanted to do more than just hold a clipboard on the sidelines.

It is likely that even without Flynn becoming vocal, his teammates would have been able to sense his frustrations.

Matt Flynn

Last season Matt Flynn signed with the Seahawks with the reasonable expectation of being Seattle’s starting quarterback. (Photo: NWSportsBeat Instagram)

Earn Everything

The phrase “Earn everything” is thrown around the Seahawks organization a lot theses days.  John Schneider and Pete Carroll knew what kind of player they had on their hands.  They also knew he had “toed the line” last season and that he deserved to be traded to a team where he had a chance to become the starters.

On 710 ESPN radio, John Schneider said,  “[We) knew we had a guy who was a solid starter” when referring to Matt Flynn.

Jason LaCanfora on Sports Radio KJR today told Mitch that the Seahawks are a very respectable organization and do right by the players.

Now that Flynn is officially a Raider the Seahawks must focus on who to bring in as their backup quarterback.  John Schneider mentioned that there were some talented free agents available and also talked about the potential in the draft.

While interviewing with 710 he said, “There are also some guys in the draft we think are pretty interesting.”

Moving Forward Without Matt…again

See what I did there?

Normally I would want a veteran to back up a second year starter but Russell Wilson is not an average second year starter.  His work ethic and drive to be the most prepared player in the National Football League gives me the luxury of feeling comfortable with a rookie backing him up.

We will see what the future holds, but I think they will sign a veteran and draft a quarterback to be Wilson’s backup.  Let the two COMPETE for the roster spot.  Word on the street is that the Seahawks are already looking at bringing some veterans in to kick the tires.

I would have liked higher compensation in the trade, however I am happy to see that the team dealt Matt Flynn.  It sends a message to the rest of the team, and future free agents, that you get what you earn in Seattle.  Even if that means the team has to trade you.

All along John Schneider said that the team wouldn’t give Flynn away, that was all in efforts to drive up compensation.

Trading Flynn for those two picks was basically giving him away in my estimation, especially when you look at what the Seahawks gave up to acquire Charlie Whitehurst a few years ago.

On a side-note, Schneider also mentioned that the team would like to get a long term deal done with Kam Chancellor during the off-season. I give that thought two thumbs up as well.

One other note today from Pete Carroll.

Enjoy your spring break 12’s. Good Luck in Oakland Matt.

(Your going to need it)

Go Seahawks!


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