Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Matt Flynn is currently being paid a whole lot of money to sit on the bench behind emerging superstar Russell Wilson, and that only fuels the common belief that Flynn could be moved this offseason to a team in need of a starting signal-caller.
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport recently spoke on Flynn's situation in Seattle, saying his elbow is healed and that the team is not interested in cutting him, but does not rule out trading him (via Rotoworld.com):
Two sources told Rapoport that the elbow is "absolutely fine," and should the Seahawks trade Flynn, he mentions the Jaguars, Browns, and Jets as possibilities.
With plenty of teams in desperate need of a franchise quarterback, let's narrow the list a bit and break down the top potential destinations for Matt Flynn this offseason.
Cleveland has been awaiting a talented passer for years now, and although they drafted Brandon Weeden just last year, his 2012 production was hardly a confidence booster for the Browns' front office. Weeden completed just 57.4 percent of his passes and threw three more interceptions than touchdowns a year ago, while averaging just 6.5 yards per pass attempt.
As with any struggling NFL franchise, Flynn would have to carry much of the load offensively for the Browns, who lack elite talent on the outside. Running back Trent Richardson is a stud, but you can't throw it to him out of the back field on every play.
The Browns are a few pieces away from contending, and unless they bring in some more talent along with Flynn, they aren't going to see much improvement in 2013.
The Jags may have invested a lot in Blaine Gabbert (No. 10 overall in 2011 NFL draft), but he hasn't shown the potential the front office had hoped he would over the past two seasons. Veteran Chad Henne had his moments in 2012, but nothing consistent enough to suggest he's capable of leading the team to bigger and better things.
Jacksonville ranked 29th in the NFL last season in yards per pass attempt (6.4) and 21st in passing yards per game (214). It could be worse, I guess.
Matt Flynn wouldn't have a whole lot to work with in Jacksonville, though, aside from Maurice Jones-Drew in the back field. Cecil Shorts was the team's leading receiver last season, and folks in North Florida are still waiting for 2012 first-round selection Justin Blackmon to take the next step.
New York Jets
Mark Sanchez has yet to take the next step in New York, and the Jets' patience in him has essentially run out.
Although the team is reportedly closing in on a deal with veteran journeyman David Garrard, Flynn offers a long-term option under center, one eight years younger than Garrard who can play a significant role for the team for the next decade.
Even for Flynn, though, the pressure of playing in the league's biggest market would be immense. He would need to come in and have success right away in order to keep the fans off his back. The Jets are just two seasons removed from consecutive AFC Championship Game appearances, so New York definitely provides Flynn with the best opportunity to win immediately.
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