By Chris Cluff
Nine months after signing with Seattle ostensibly to be the starter, Matt Flynn finally saw action. Granted, it was in a 58-0 blowout of Arizona, and he threw just nine passes. But it was something.
Carroll said Flynn, who was 5-for-9 and had a nice pass dropped in the end zone by Jermaine Kearse, “handled himself fine. And he’s got enough action where he’s played now. And so it’s been a long time for him. So that was valuable in the long run of things.
”It was the first time Matt had gotten in a game. … He needs to get ready because he’s one play away from leading this football team,” Carroll said, answering lame questions about whether he ran up the score against the Cards. ”He needed to throw the ball a little bit. He threw the ball nine times. We threw the ball 22 times in the game. It was nothing. And if you noticed he threw a variety of things just so we could get some stuff on film. He got his feet wet, kind of.”
Flynn showed good mobility and accuracy, and the Hawks seem well situated at quarterback in the extremely unlikely event that Wilson goes down. The big question beyond this season, of course is will Flynn be in Seattle in 2013?
Arizona, Kansas City and Oakland are the three teams who seem likely to be in the market for quarterbacks, with the Jets and Jacksonville also possibilities. It also remains to be seen who is running the show in San Diego and Philadelphia — new management could decide to do something different at quarterback than the Chargers’ Philip Rivers and Eagles rookie Nick Foles.
Depending on the interest level in QBs who could be dumped — Carson Palmer, Michael Vick, Matt Cassel, Mark Sanchez, Rivers — the Hawks could find a trade partner. Oakland would be the most intriguing spot since Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie knows Flynn from their days in Green Bay.
Palmer is due $13 million in 2013, while Flynn is slated to be paid $5.25 million. The Raiders, under Hue Jackson last year, gave up their 2012 first-rounder and 2013 second-rounder for Palmer, but he has been merely average this season: 60.8 percent completions, 3,805 yards, 22 TDs, 14 interceptions.
If McKenzie is willing to cut the cord after one year and find a younger QB, would he be willing to give the Hawks something decent in return? Maybe a third-rounder in 2013 along with a 2014 second-rounder that could upgrade to a first?
Of course, if the Hawks found a trade they liked, they would then need to bring in a new backup for Wilson. But that shouldn’t be too hard to find, especially with three of Carroll’s former USC quarterbacks — Palmer, Sanchez, Cassel — potentially available.
Report: Hawks could have gotten something for Edwards
Speaking of picking up extra draft choices, the Seahawks reportedly had a chance earlier this season to net a late-round pick for wide receiver Braylon Edwards. The New York Jets tried to acquire him in late September after they lost Santonio Holmes to injury, according to Jason La Canfora. The Seahawks apparently were hoping Edwards would still be of use, and they told the Jets they would need to offer “something significant” in trade, according to La Canfora.
Edwards was helpful in beating New England on Oct. 14, but he didn’t catch a pass after that and was waived/injured Dec. 4. The decision not to trade him seems foolish in light of his release, but the Seahawks had a pretty unsettled receiving group back in September, so it’s hard to blame them for declining at that point.
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Chris Cluff worked as a sports editor and writer for The Seattle Times for 11 years and has written two books on the Seattle Seahawks. Since leaving the Times, he has written about the Seahawks and Seattle sports for Bleacher Report and the blog he shares with a fellow sportswriter, outsidethepressbox.com. His work can be found on Examiner.com.