Matt Flynn Reportedly Won't Be Released by Seattle Seahawks

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIFebruary 28, 2013

The Seattle Seahawks are content with their situation at quarterback and reportedly have no plans to release backup Matt Flynn.

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported the team’s intentions to keep him as a reliable understudy for Russell Wilson, noting that Seattle is fully aware of his ambitions to be a starter:

On Flynn: #Seahawks source says their "priority" is to have him as backup. Remember, Russell Wilson is a bargain, total cost of QB isn't bad

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 1, 2013

More on Flynn: Seahawks know he wants to be a starter, so they are open to trading him. Teams nervous about his elbow, sources say its fine.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 1, 2013

The injury concerns Rapoport references involve a report, via USA Today’s Robert Klemko, that Flynn has tendinitis in his right elbow.

Flynn, 27, won a national championship in college as LSU’s signal-caller but was not considered a top prospect when making the jump to the NFL. The Green Bay Packers drafted him in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, and he subsequently spent his first four seasons as Aaron Rodgers’ backup.

But on two occasions in his final two years in Green Bay, he was given a chance to start and made the most of his opportunities. 

In 2010, Rodgers was out with a concussion against the New England Patriots and Flynn filled in by completing 24 of 37 passes for 251 yards, three touchdowns and just one interception, although the Packers lost the game. 

His next start was even more impressive and changed the course of his career. Rodgers got a day off for the final week of the 2011 season, and Flynn tossed six touchdowns while racking up 480 yards against the division-rival Detroit Lions. 

The following offseason, Seattle felt it had seen enough to sign him to a three-year, $26 million deal. But the team also picked Russell Wilson in the third round of the 2012 draft.

Although Flynn was the presumptive starter, Wilson won the job in camp and went on to have an incredible rookie year, leading the team to the postseason. 

Now, the Seahawks have depth at quarterback, but Flynn is an expensive backup. The team will have to continue to weigh its options as it decides how much it is willing to spend on an insurance policy for Wilson.