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NFL Lines - Seahawks Sign Matt Flynn

Posted by Jackson Anthony on 3/19/2012 6:36:31 PM

NFL Lines – Seahawks Sign Matt Flynn

The Seattle Seahawks have signed quarterback Matt Flynn to a 3-year NFL lines deal worth $26 million with $10 million in guaranteed money.

The 26-year old quarterback had been playing second fiddle to Aaron Rodgers since he was drafted by the Packers in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL lines Draft. By leaving Rodgers’ shadow and heading to Seattle, Flynn will have the opportunity to show that he is more than just a solid backup option.

First Rate Backup
When he has played, Flynn has shown glimpses of elite potential. In the last NFL lines game of the 2011 season against the Detroit Lions, the 6’2’’, 225-lbs quarterback threw for six touchdowns and 480 yards. Throughout his career, Flynn has recorded a passing success rate of 62 percent, while throwing for nine touchdowns and five interceptions.

Flynn should be an instant starter in Seattle, and will have the chance to prove himself capable of becoming a franchise quarterback. His only real competition will come from Tarvaris Jackson, who should not pose much of a threat. Last season, Jackson recorded just 3,091 yards and a passer rating of 79.2, while throwing for 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Packers History
Seahawk fans will be remembering the last time their team signed a Packers quarterback 11 years ago, in 2001. Matt Hasselbeck, then the backup to Brett Favre, had left the Packers to sign with Seattle. Hasselbeck would later go on to lead the Seahawks to Super Bowl XL in 2005, where they would eventually lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A Potent Offense
This deal could prove to be a smart one for the Seahawks, as they are signing a potential star for a relatively inexpensive contract, still leaving some cap room to work with. Though Flynn will not have the embarrassment of riches in terms of wide receivers he had in Green Bay, the Seahawks will have enough of an offense to win some NFL lines games. Their number one receiver Sidney Rice is an elite player, whose biggest criticism draws from him not being healthy enough. Rookie Doug Baldwin had a breakout year last season, as he became the first undrafted first-year player ever to lead his team in both receiving yards and receptions.

Factors of Success
Flynn has shown glimpses of brilliance during his short career as a backup thus far. However, it will be interesting to see how he fares playing under the spotlight of being a number one quarterback, as well if he can churn out a consistent performance week-in, week-out. For the Seahawks’ offense to make the most out of their new NFL lines signing, Rice will have to remain healthy and Doug Baldwin should look to improve and continue to develop.

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