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Seahawks might trade QB Matt Flynn, but not to save money
By Danny O'Neil
Seattle Times staff reporter
INDIANAPOLIS — Matt Flynn might not be back with the Seahawks next season, but his contract won't be the reason for his departure.
Flynn signed a three-year contract with Seattle last year, a deal that calls for him to make $5.25 million in base salary. With Russell Wilson the unquestioned starter, some have wondered whether Seattle would keep a backup quarterback at such a high price. Well, wonder no more as general manager John Schneider indicated that Flynn wouldn't be moved to save against the salary cap.
"We have different models set up with our cap, and obviously, we have a model that includes Matt," Schneider said. "Our primary model."
Now, it would be a truly poor poker play for Schneider to say that Seattle intended to release Flynn if it didn't find a trade partner, but in his interview at the scouting combine on Thursday, Schneider sounded as if he would be very content if the Seahawks brought Flynn back next season.
"I feel very blessed that we have two quarterbacks like this," Schneider said. "Two starting caliber guys. What happened last year didn't really have a reflection on what Matt did or Tarvaris (Jackson) for that matter. It's really what Russell did in terms of kind of stepping forward and taking charge. And the way he performed in the preseason, it was really hard to argue."
So what now? Flynn would certainly like to get an opportunity to start. Whether he gets it will depend on whether Seattle hears an offer it's interested in, and while Schneider is listening, it's too soon to know if he'll hear something he likes.
"It's so early," Schneider said. "Everybody's been in their draft meetings and everything so it's not like I've had a chance to sit down with other general managers or some of the people that I'm close with around the league, you talk about what their situation is and that sort of thing. ... We're always going to listen to everything ... but that doesn't necessarily mean we will do something with Matt."
The Seahawks currently hold 10 picks in April's draft, second-most of any team in the NFL. Seattle has its own pick in each of the seven rounds of the draft while also holding an extra fifth-round pick and two additional seventh-round choices by virtue of previous trades.
Seattle acquired a fifth-rounder from Oakland in the 2011 trade of linebacker Aaron Curry while it got one seventh-round choice from Buffalo for quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and another seventh-rounder from New Orleans for linebacker Barrett Ruud.
Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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