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NFL scouting combine: Seahawks maintain they have room for Flynn

Feb. 21, 2013
 
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn against the Oakland Raiders Aug. 30, 2012, in Seattle.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn against the Oakland Raiders Aug. 30, 2012, in Seattle. / AP photo

INDIANAPOLIS – John Schneider is open to any conversation, but the Seattle Seahawks general manager remained adamant on Thursday he isn’t shopping former Packers quarterback Matt Flynn.

Before leaving his director of football operations post with the Green Bay Packers for Seattle in 2010, Schneider was a part of the personnel department that drafted Flynn in the seventh-round in 2008.

Last offseason, Schneider inked Flynn to a three-year, $26 million with a $10 million signing bonus after four seasons as Aaron Rodgers’ backup in Green Bay and an impressive 480-yard, six-touchdown performance against the Detroit Lions’ starters in the 2011 regular-season finale.

Flynn outlasted returning starter Tarvaris Jackson, but wasn’t able to beat out rookie Russell Wilson, who led the Seahawks to the playoffs for the second time in three years while Flynn watched on.

At Thursday’s NFL scouting combine, Schneider reiterated his commitment to both quarterbacks and said the Seahawks have the salary cap space allotted to go into next season with Flynn still on the roster.

“I think we have a great setup,” Schneider said. “I feel very blessed we have two quarterbacks like this and two starting caliber guys. What happened last year didn’t really have a reflection on what Matt did or Tarvaris (Jackson) for that matter with what Russell did with just stepping forward and taking charge. The way he performed in the preseason it was really hard to argue … we’re just really blessed with our situation right now. “

With draft preparation in full effect, Schneider acknowledged he hasn’t sat down with any other general managers to discuss possible trades, so anything is possible.

West Virginia’s Geno Smith is widely regarded as the best quarterback available in this year’s draft, but many experts believe this year's quarterback class doesn't offer as much value and depth as the 2012 draft that produced five rookie starters, including Wilson.

Flynn, 27, saw action in three games, completing 5-of-9 passes for 68 yards, but the quarterback competition appears to be over in Seattle with Flynn confined to the bench barring the unforeseen with Wilson.

“Everyone is in the middle of their draft meetings and everything, so it’s not like I’ve had another chance to sit down with other general managers or other people I’m close with around the league to talk about what their situation is,”
“As you guys well know, we’re always going to listen to everything. If we’re not doing that, we feel like we’re not doing our job, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we will do nothing with Matt.

“We have different models set up with our cap. Obviously, we have a model that includes Matt – our primary model.”

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