A prominent quarterback from Seattle's past provides the most instructive indication of its near future at that position.
Matt Hasselbeck came on the market Monday, released after two seasons with the Tennessee Titans, and the fact he ended up as Indianapolis' backup paints a pretty strong indication of where Matt Flynn will be next season: in Seattle.
Hasselbeck was available, no strings attached, and he wound up taking a job as Andrew Luck's backup with the Colts for the not-so-insignificant sum of $8 million over two years. Hasselbeck will make $5 million in 2013 alone, which is significant because that's about what Flynn is scheduled to earn this season on the contract he signed with Seattle last year.
And for that price, the Jets didn't add Hasselbeck. Neither did the Jaguars, nor the Bills, which serves to give you a pretty strong indication that those teams aren't looking to deepen their quarterback ranks with a veteran.
And if none of those teams landed Hasselbeck at that price, why is there any reason to think one of those teams would give up the draft position it would take to acquire Flynn from Seattle and pay him a similar amount?
Because Seattle is not going to give away Flynn. The Seahawks made that clear in February when first general manager John Schneider and then coach Pete Carroll were clear about their satisfaction with the current pair of quarterbacks. No one ruled out a trade, but indicated the preference was to keep Flynn even though Wilson was clearly established as the starter.
"We feel real blessed to have two quarterbacks," Schneider reiterated last week after Percy Harvin was introduced as a Seahawk.
Trade market for QB Matt Flynn might be drying up
Seattle Times | Mar 20