Matt Flynn's trade market is warming up
Flynn made a name for himself as Aaron Rodgers' backup in Green Bay, finishing his Packers career with a 480 yard, six touchdown performance in Week 17 of the 2011 season (the Packers had already clinched the top seed in the playoffs and rested Rodgers for the final game).
After being beat out in camp by rookie Russell Wilson last year, Flynn was set to ride the bench with the ink still wet on his $19.5 million contract. With all that money invested in their backup quarterback, there was speculation that the Seahawks would seek a trade partner for Flynn this offseason, but as far as we know, there had been absolutely no interest in Flynn... until Tuesday.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported on Tuesday that several teams were getting into the mix for Flynn. The teams La Canfora cited were the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, and Buffalo Bills, with the Jaguars being named as the frontrunners.
The Jaguars have all but given up on 2011 first-round pick Blaine Gabbert, and with a new regime in the front office and on the sidelines, the team is unlikely to feel committed to the shaky quarterback. Trading for a quality quarterback would allow the team to focus on other areas in the draft, which would revolve mostly around improving the offensive line and pass rush.
Raiders' general manager Reggie McKenzie was part of the front office that drafted Flynn back in 2008. He has seen Flynn's abilities first-hand, and likely has a good idea of what he would be willing to give up in order to obtain Flynn's services. The trade would go hand-in-hand with the release of Carson Palmer, who is set to make $13 million in 2013. Releasing Palmer would only save $6 million in cap space for 2013, and Flynn's cap hit next season will be $7.25 million. However, there would be no dead money beyond 2013 if Palmer were released.
With the best quarterback on their roster being Tarvaris Jackson, the Bills need to address the quarterback position as well. Some speculate that they could select a quarterback with the 8th overall pick in the draft, but trading for Flynn would allow them to address other massive holes in their roster - particularly at linebacker and receiver.
Though things have developed slowly, La Canfora's sources suggest that a trade could happen before the draft. If not, there is still a solid chance that Flynn is dealt after the draft, when teams have a better idea of what their rosters will look like for the 2013 season.
Of course, with Russell Wilson making about $526,000 in 2013, the Seahawks have money to burn at the quarterback position. We've seen how debilitating the loss of a starting quarterback can be when a solid backup isn't waiting on the sidelines, and the Seahawks may be willing to pay Flynn as insurance for Wilson.
If traded, Flynn is likely to fetch a mid- to late-round draft pick. His salary would be the biggest hurdle in trade negotiations.