18 March 2012

What Matt Flynn signing with the Seahawks means for the Dolphins and Browns

Free agency has been going on for about a week now and one of the biggest prizes was Matt Flynn, the backup quarterback for the Green Bay Packers who has dazzled when gotten the opportunity to get on the field. Many teams were gunning for him, particularly considering teams that were out of the running in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, and the team that he has chosen is the Seattle Seahawks, as reported by Jason La Canfora. So what does this signing mean?

Somewhat surprising that Flynn is signing in Seattle, many folks, including myself, thought that the ideal fit for him would have been the Miami Dolphins, considering the Joe Philbin connection, as well as the Cleveland Browns. Now with Flynn going to Seattle and the fact that Manning is going to neither club, those teams are left scrambling a bit.

As for the Dolphins, even as Matt Moore was solid down the stretch at quarterback but is no franchise quarterback by any means, the best option on the market is Alex Smith, who last year made big strides with the 49ers. He is said to be visiting Miami and he could be pushed out of San Francisco by Manning but is he  really that much better than Moore is? Another potential option is signing the young Patriots backup Brian Hoyer, who is a restricted free agent and can be had for a second round pick. Or they could take someone in the draft even as it does not seem likely that they'll be able to draft Ryan Tannehill, who played for offensive coordinator Mike Sherman at Texas A&M, because it seems unlikely he'll last past the Browns. They could be stuck potentially having to trade up into the first to take someone.

Speaking of the Browns, their best option left is to take Tannehill at six. Nobody in their right mind will tell you that Tannehill is the fourth best prospect on the board and worthy of a top ten pick but because of the need for franchise quarterbacks, his stock is being pushed up and Cleveland could be desperate at this point, after losing out to Washington in the race to trade up for Robert Griffin III.

Back to Flynn, he really is not guaranteed a starting job in Seattle. Everybody knows how inconsistent Tarvaris Jackson can be but he played decent last year and has played for offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell's system for six years. I mean, I don't think Seattle would spend $26 million, with $10 million guaranteed, for Flynn to sit on the bench, unless they are thinking of cutting Jackson now.