While several teams in the market for a quarterback could benefit from acquiring Seattle Seahawks backup Matt Flynn, it may not mean they are willing to give up anything to get him.
According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, the Seahawks’ attempts to trade Flynn could prove to be troublesome as many around the league expect Flynn to be released.
While Seattle can’t trade (or release) Flynn until the new league year begins in March, they certainly can inquire around the league to see what the interest is once he becomes available. Flynn’s current contract calls for him to be paid $7.25 million in 2013 with $2 million guaranteed.
If Flynn were to be released, the $2 million in guaranteed money would count against the salary cap next season.
It seems to make sense that Seattle would release Flynn rather than carrying a backup quarterback making $7.25 million to sit on the bench. However, with Russell Wilson locked into a third round rookie contract for at least the next two seasons, Seattle isn’t devoting a significant amount of money to the quarterback position. They could still keep Flynn on the roster and not be hampered severely by his contract.
While teams may not want to send a draft pick to Seattle for a player they believe will be a free agent soon, the Seahawks may not be willing to cut Flynn quite so quickly either.