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Matt Flynn Signs With Seahawks, Ends Manning Rumors For One More Team

March 19, 2012 – Capt. Gridiron

It looks like the Seattle Seahawks have finally landed their franchise QB and it’s not All Pro Peyton Manning.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Green Bay Packers backup QB Matt Flynn is ready to sign a three year deal with the ‘Hawks and give the team their first chance at an real QB since the prime of Matt Hasselbeck. Stuck out in the cold again are the Miami Dolphins. Peyton has already stated he’s not interested and with Flynn out of the picture it looks like the QB situation in Miami is uglier than usual.

With the exception of Hasselbeck, the Seahawks have had a hard time landing a steady QB. Trent Dilfer, Seneca Wallace, Charlie Frye, Charlie Whitehurst and Tavaris Jackson have all had their hand at the position and none have stood out. Whitehurst is out already after the ‘Hawks traded for him a few years back in hopes he would replace Hasselbeck. He didn’t. Tavaris Jackson is, well, he’s Tavaris. You can root for him all you want but in the end he’s just not that good of a QB and despite some decent numbers last year the guy just can’t seal the game in the fourth quarter.

So the ‘Hawks are betting huge on Flynn which is OK but Flynn only has a handful of starts under his belt. He was a championship winner at LSU if that helps but it all really boils down to his 480-yards passing last year in the final game of the season against Detroit. With that performance Flynn was cast into the spotlight and listed as a huge free-agent for the offseason.

And judging by the alleged $26 million/3-year deal he’s getting in Seattle, that one game was really important. But there’s good news for Flynn. He follows in the footsteps of Hasselbeck as both were backups in Green Bay before being traded to Seattle. Hasselbeck backed up Super Bowl winner Brett Favre and Flynn did the same for Aaron Rodgers. Both were trained in the same system and it helps that former Packers GM John Schneider is now in charge at Seattle. See a trend here…

[via Seattle Times] Flynn becomes the third quarterback the Seahawks have acquired under coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider. It’s also clearly the largest investment they have made in a quarterback as Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst were signed to two-year contracts.

What this means in terms of the immediate depth chart at quarterback is obviously the question. Is Flynn brought aboard as the starter or is he brought aboard with the idea he can compete to become the starter? It’s an important difference, and one that you can’t tell just by looking at the broad sketch of the contract.

With a maturing offensive line and the emergence of Marshawn Lynch and his Skittles fetish, the Seahawks are looking to be heading into the season looking like they could finally get back into the playoffs…with a winning record.

Of course, if the 49ers sign Manning the NFC will be a totally different division come September.

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