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Seahawks not a given to pursue Flynn

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Seattle Seahawks look like a team that might try to acquire Matt Flynn. They need a††quarterback to challenge or replace Tarvaris Jackson, and their general manager, John Schenider, worked in the Green Bay Packers' front office when the Packers selected Flynn in the seventh round of the 2008 draft. But it's far from a given that the Seahawks will go after Flynn, who will be available either via a trade if the Packers designate him their franchise player or on the free-agent market if the Packers don't tag him. Though Schenider was on the scouting staff that drafted Flynn, Flynn's only meaningful playing time in a regular-season game before Schneider's departure to Seattle was a shaky outing in relief of Aaron Rodgers as a rookie at Tampa Bay in 2008. It was only after Schneider left for the Seahawks in 2010 that Flynn made major strides in his arm strength and overall †play, and put in a good performance in a loss as the starter at New England in 2010 and then a record-setting day as a starter against Detroit last season. At the NFL scouting combine today, Schneider talked about the need to feel certain about a quarterback before investing big money or trading a high pick or picks. "Iím talking about giving up draft choices to go get somebody or guaranteeing somebody a ton of money when youíre not quite sure is the guy thatís going to get you over that hump," Schneider said. "If you do that you can set the organization back." The Seahawks already tried upgrading at quarterback in '10 when they traded third- and fifth-round draft picks to San Diego for Charlie Whitehurst, who failed to beat out Matt Hasselbeck that season and then Tarvaris Jackson last year. Last year, Arizona traded a second-round draft pick plus cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to Philadelphia for quarterback Kevin Kolb, plus signed Kolb to a long-term deal that included $21 million in guaranteed money. Yet Kolb wasn't even the Cardinals' starting quarterback by the end of the season. Flynn's financial market is unclear, though he's likely to get substantial guaranteed money. Plus, if the Packers tag him he might garner a second-round pick or maybe even a first. "You better be really sure heís the guy," Schneider said of trading for a quarterback and signing him to a new contract, "otherwise itís a double whammy: itís draft choices and itís cash."  

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