Seahawks, QB Flynn agree to three-year deal

Posted March 18, 2012 @ 5:36 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Seahawks and Packers UFA QB Matt Flynn have agreed on a three-year, $26 million contract with $10 million guaranteed, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday.

He met with the Seahawks on Friday then flew to Miami to meet with the Dolphins and head coach Joe Philbin, who was his offensive coordinator in Green Bay.

However, NFL Network and Sports Illustrated's Peter King also reported the Flynn-to-Seattle agreement, and the Seahawks have confirmed they have come to terms with the former Packers reserve, with head coach Pete Carroll tweeting, "Matt Flynn's the newest Seahawk... We're fired up to bring him to Seattle!"

Flynn, who turns 27 in June, has made only two NFL starts, but a 480-yard, six-TD performance against Detroit in the 2011 regular-season finale stamped him as a player to watch in free agency.

The 6-2, 225-pound LSU product has completed 82-of-132 passes for 1,015 yards with nine TDs and five interceptions in four NFL seasons.

Flynn's agreement with Seattle leaves Peyton Manning and Alex Smith as the top two unsigned quarterbacks on PFW's Top 100 free-agent rankings. Manning is No. 3 overall, and Smith is No. 29. Flynn is ranked 17th.

The way we see it

This is the second signing of an outside free agent by the Seahawks in as many days after signing ex-Titans DL Jason Jones  on Saturday. After concentrating on re-signing its own free agents, most notably RB Marshawn Lynch and DE Red Bryant, Seattle has gone out and snagged a couple of its top targets.

There was a feeling that the Seahawks didn't necessarily look at Flynn as an elite, immediate starter but considering the money they will be paying him — more than $8 million per season — he looks to be the No. 1 signalcaller in Seattle now, with Tarvaris Jackson the likely No. 2. The obvious connection with GM John Schneider, who knows all about Flynn from his time working in Green Bay, clearly helped Flynn's cause.

Fantasy spin

The Matt Flynn sweepstakes have concluded and the Seahawks have come away a winner with fantasy owners. Fantasy owners win, as Flynn is going to a West Coast offense which he has spent four years learning. Darrell Bevell is the mastermind behind the Seahawks' version of the offense and he ran it for the Vikings from 2006-10. Flynn should be able to step in and immediately contribute with this traditional West Coast offense versus the hybrid versions some teams run.

Flynn signed a three-year contract with $10 million guaranteed that could be worth up to $24 million. Like other players such as Scott Mitchell, he has used limited playing time as a backup to garner a fat payday. Whether he will live up to expectations remains to be seen but for fantasy owners he is another potential starting fantasy QB to choose from.

By choosing Seattle, he spurned his former offensive coordinator Joe Philbin — now the Dolphins' head coach. A new offense also means a learning curve with the team and wide receivers, and that reduces Fynn's overall fantasy value. However, Seattle has several quality wideouts who are already familiar with the offense in Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Ben Obomanu and Mike Williams, who should help Flynn's adjustment be smoother.

At 6-2, 225 pounds, Flynn has the size to play in the NFL and in limited time posted 82-of-132 passing for 1,015 yards with nine TDs and five interceptions. Teams took a hard look at him after his play against the Patriots in 2010 when he went 24-of-37 for 251 yards and three TDs with one interception, including a 66-yard TD throw. He sealed his value in Week 17 last season when he completed 31-of-44 passes for 480 yards and six TDs with one interception against the Lions.

He can set up and deliver the ball quickly and accurately and has the confidence in his arm and receivers in timing patterns — those are the traits needed to run a successful West Coast offense. Remember, he's still unproven and only a No. 1 fantasy QB on paper. Draft him as your No. 2 and view him as someone with No. 1 potential.