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Matt Flynn claims he doesn’t regret signing with Seahawks

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When he was a free agent in March, Matt Flynn had two teams poised to make him their starting quarterback, the Seahawks and Dolphins. At least, he thought both teams were poised to make him their starting quarterback.

As it turned out, Flynn went to Seattle, which then drafted Russell Wilson, who then beat Flynn out for the starting job. Flynn is now a backup who has yet to play in a regular-season game for the Seahawks. But Flynn says he has no regrets.

I try to have the motto of living life with no regrets,” Flynn told the Tacoma News-Tribune. “I wouldn’t take anything back. I think I look back at the things I looked at, and the personal things I decided on, and I think I wouldn’t take anything back. I don’t have any regrets about it, but it was a tough decision, for sure.”

With the Seahawks playing at Miami on Sunday, Flynn may think to himself, “I’d be starting if I signed here.” And he’s probably right: Although it’s also possible that the Dolphins still would have drafted Ryan Tannehill, and that Tannehill would have beaten Flynn out, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin seemed to like Flynn enough from their days together in Green Bay that Philbin wanted to make Flynn his starter in Miami.

Instead, Flynn is planted firmly on the bench, and probably not going anywhere. It’s good to live life with no regrets, but it’s hard not to think that, deep down, Flynn will spend Sunday in Miami wondering what might have been.

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35 Responses to “Matt Flynn claims he doesn’t regret signing with Seahawks”
  1. randallflagg52 says: Nov 23, 2012 6:56 AM

    Not to say that Flynn is a bad player, but I’ve been more impressed with Wilson than any young QB in the last 4 or 5 years. Guy is a straight baller and can pick apart any defense either with his legs or his arm (which is surprisingly strong). Seattle got one of the biggest steals of the decade with Russell Wilson.

  2. johnnycash19 says: Nov 23, 2012 6:57 AM

    Flynn should send half of his paycheck to members of the Lions secondary from last year. They are the reason he got paid.

  3. drillbit19k says: Nov 23, 2012 6:58 AM

    And why would he have any regrets? He paid his two-game portfolio into a windfall. I’m sure he would rather be backing up Rodgers seeing as they are good friends but he wasn’t going to get that money in green bay

  4. eastsideballa says: Nov 23, 2012 7:10 AM

    It’s always cloudy though….

  5. thehighhat says: Nov 23, 2012 7:58 AM

    I’d have regrets living in Seattle instead of Miami! C’mon Matt, be honest!

  6. flyeredup says: Nov 23, 2012 8:03 AM

    Matt Flynn = Rick Mirer 2.0

  7. fearthebengaltiger says: Nov 23, 2012 8:04 AM

    no regret getting that money, so i think hes fine

  8. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Nov 23, 2012 8:19 AM

    I love what it does to the Hawks cap number.

  9. FinFan68 says: Nov 23, 2012 8:20 AM

    He signed where the money was. Playing and the chance to win games were secondary. He had minimal experience and turned a fluke performance or two into a multi-million dollar contract for very little work. Why would he have any regrets?

  10. ripster65 says: Nov 23, 2012 8:30 AM

    Of course he doesn’t! He makes tons of $$$ without having to work.

  11. blitz87 says: Nov 23, 2012 8:46 AM

    “Dolphins coach Joe Philbin seemed to like Flynn enough from their days together in Green Bay that Philbin wanted to make Flynn his starter in Miami.”

    Yet the Dolphins low-balled him…

  12. daddyb1gdrawz says: Nov 23, 2012 8:47 AM

    Well yeah I would not have any regrets getting paid millions to sit on the bench as well. If what was reported is true, the Seahawks offered him more money. There is no guarantee Miami would have drafted Tanneyhill. There is also no guarantee Flynn would have gotten hurt. But I will say this, it is easier to swallow being Aaron Rodgers backup to one of Ryan Tanneyhill or Russell Wilson. No money in the world can change that.

  13. coop16 says: Nov 23, 2012 8:56 AM

    He’s lying. But at least he’s doing it in a way that shows that he’s a team player.

    My guess is that he’ll be traded to a QB-needy team by next summer.

  14. fuglyflorio says: Nov 23, 2012 8:56 AM

    It’s too bad players have to babble out this kind of stuff. The real answer is YES. He most definitely regrets it. Who wouldn’t. He should have signed with Miami like everyone said.

  15. rr3669 says: Nov 23, 2012 9:08 AM

    3 years, $10 million guaranteed, why would he have regrets?

  16. realdealsteel says: Nov 23, 2012 9:24 AM

    What else can Flynn say? Of course he’s going to say he has no regrets. But he messed up by not taking the Dolphins QB job. If he did, he’d be in the hunt for a wildcard berth in the weak AFC.

    Flynn can play lights out in a west coast type of offense. And it just wasn’t the Lions game that he looked good in. He looked good carving the Patriots up in New England in the 2010 season.

  17. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 23, 2012 9:30 AM

    Trade him and his fat contract to Jax. Make Henne compete. For Mularkey to give him the moniker of starter “next year” is depressing. Flynn can play. Russell Wilson just is a fantastic QB who fits what they want to do better.

  18. rg3toskins says: Nov 23, 2012 9:31 AM

    randallflagg52 says:
    Nov 23, 2012 6:56 AM
    Not to say that Flynn is a bad player, but I’ve been more impressed with Wilson than any young QB in the last 4 or 5 years.

    Homer…..U must have a bumped your head or you don’t have cable. Some other rookie played ‘America’s Team” yesterday. I think his name is Bob.

  19. dwarftosser says: Nov 23, 2012 9:38 AM

    I think Flynn would have shined if Carroll would have given him a chance. Wilson sounds like a great kid, and I can see Pete falling in love with him.. but I still think that team would be better with Flynn. I hope he gets a chance to be a starter somewhere.

  20. giantssb42champs says: Nov 23, 2012 9:58 AM

    Matt Flynn to the Jets in 2013 for 1st round pick.

  21. ernie ernie says: Nov 23, 2012 10:30 AM

    I would love to sit on the bench and make the ton 0 money this guy is making and hey, he’s not even getting beat up out there. Pretty nice.
    Flynn will be trade bait for sure and end up somewhere that wants him with pockets full of money.
    The thing is, many years of talent are now waisted and the game is too short to make it up.
    All he can do is hope to play, the hall won’t be calling his name.

  22. thereep says: Nov 23, 2012 10:31 AM

    Matt Flynn thinkgs of his bank account and then giggles himself to sleep at night.

  23. ernie ernie says: Nov 23, 2012 10:31 AM

    WHat a riot if he gets traded and I’m sure he does and that team picks a number one QB and he becomes back up again.

  24. oraclepz1 says: Nov 23, 2012 10:32 AM

    I am a fins fan but Ireland’s decisions are looking better every day.. No giving in to Flynn , not drafting dez, not giving in to Orton trade or even signing Ryan Clark ( reshad jones has looked like a beast this year). Is there still work to be done? Absolutely!! But we have cap room and a bunch if picks next year..

  25. steelerben says: Nov 23, 2012 10:59 AM

    blitz87 says:
    Nov 23, 2012 8:46 AM
    “Dolphins coach Joe Philbin seemed to like Flynn enough from their days together in Green Bay that Philbin wanted to make Flynn his starter in Miami.”

    Yet the Dolphins low-balled him…

    ————————————————————————–

    He got beat out for the starting job by a third rounder that was “too short to play in the NFL.” That doesn’t make the offer look lowball. It makes it sound just about right for an unproven backup QB that will come in and compete for the job.

    He shouldn’t have a single regret about being paid a ton of loot to ride the pine.

  26. themackstrong says: Nov 23, 2012 11:10 AM

    Are you saying Ireland trading Marshall who was having a All Pro year before his QB went for late picks? This forum was filled with Fin fans calling for Ireland to be fired and after this Sunday that may be the case again. Flynn didn’t move the chains in pre-season and Wilson is an athletic with a work ethic unlike any other. Flynn could start on probably half the rosters in the NFL. His contract is not excessive by any means, look at the details. He’s been a real pro while being in Seattle as well. Go Hawks!

  27. harrisbarton says: Nov 23, 2012 11:27 AM

    Matt Flynn or Alex Smith to the Jets.

  28. billh1947 says: Nov 23, 2012 11:32 AM

    He gets paid millions to play in practices so why let not starting bother him,no big deal.when his contract run out and he become a FA he can go to another team that needs a starter,Rodgers sat for years behind Favre before starting and never got paid near what Flynn is getting but he learned a whole lot about quarterbacking in the NFL just by practice games.Flynn will one day become a starter so why should he fret.

  29. btwicey says: Nov 23, 2012 12:45 PM

    Ummm why on earth would he regret it? He’s earning millions – sitting down…

  30. steverolley says: Nov 23, 2012 12:51 PM

    @FinFan68

    “Playing and the chance to win games were secondary”

    Yes, how could he pass up playing for the perenial powerhouse Dolphins?

  31. qdog112 says: Nov 23, 2012 1:09 PM

    All you people saying he should have no regrets because of the money he makes are the same ones who would bash a player for thinking of himself and the money he makes. You can’t have it both ways.Obviously, none of you ever played competitive sports, where every player wants to play. If you’re in it for the money – OK, but the minute someone says “I don’t care about playing or winning, I get paid anyway”, you’ll be all over him.

    Flynn can be happy that he parlayed his few successful snaps into a great payday, but I’m sure he won’t like being Matt Cassell 2.0. He’s just not that good. He will always be holding a clipboard.

  32. joetoronto says: Nov 23, 2012 1:22 PM

    randallflagg52 says:
    Nov 23, 2012 6:56 AM
    Not to say that Flynn is a bad player, but I’ve been more impressed with Wilson than any young QB in the last 4 or 5 years. Guy is a straight baller and can pick apart any defense either with his legs or his arm (which is surprisingly strong). Seattle got one of the biggest steals of the decade with Russell Wilson.
    ***************************************************

    Please, tell us you’re kidding. SMH.

  33. aaroncurryisbust says: Nov 23, 2012 2:51 PM

    Flynn got screwed by the coaching staff. Remember when they forced him to feed up to a washed-up TO, who ran wrong routes nag dropped a perfect deep bomb TD from Flynn?

  34. sfm073 says: Nov 23, 2012 2:59 PM

    He’s got the best job in the league. He’s making 6 times what the guy ahead of him is making while taking 100% less hits than him. He’ll never have to work again bc of a couple of good games.

  35. randallflagg52 says: Nov 24, 2012 7:23 AM

    rg3toskins says:
    Nov 23, 2012 9:31 AM
    randallflagg52 says:
    Nov 23, 2012 6:56 AM
    Not to say that Flynn is a bad player, but I’ve been more impressed with Wilson than any young QB in the last 4 or 5 years.

    Homer…..U must have a bumped your head or you don’t have cable. Some other rookie played ‘America’s Team” yesterday. I think his name is Bob.

    ====================================

    I’m a Raven fan. Not a homer about Wilson. Seattle gave up nothing for Wilson, D.C. had to give up a ton for Griffen. For Seattle to land a player like Wilson in the third and NOT have to give up 5 years of future draft picks for him is amazing. That’s why Seattle is a better franchise than Washington.

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