NFL Trade News: Quarterback Matt Flynn Is Wanted By The Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars And Oakland Raiders

 
on March 27 2013 11:00 AM
NFL Trade News: Quarterback Matt Flynn Is Wanted By The Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars And Oakland Raiders

Backup quarterback Matt Flynn could find himself on the trading block, with three passer-needy NFL teams expressing interest.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders are all interested in trading for Flynn.

The ex-Green Bay Packer was a big money free agency signing for the Seattle Seahawks last offseason. However, Flynn was promptly usurped by third-round rookie Russell Wilson.

The Seahawks went 11-5 and won a playoff game with the superb Wilson under center. That leaves Flynn consigned to the same backup role he left the Packers to avoid.

Flynn first came to prominence in Week 15 of the 2010 season, when he deputized for an injured Aaron Rodgers. The Packers were facing a tough road trip to take on the New England Patriots.

Although they were narrowly beaten, Flynn acquitted himself superbly. He threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns, immediately sparking trade rumors.

His only other career start came in a dead rubber game against the Detroit Lions in the final week of the 2011 season. With the Packers having already sealed home-field advantage, Rodgers was rested and Flynn again took his chance to impress.

He completed 31 out of 44 passes for 480 yards and six touchdowns. That briefly made Flynn the hottest property in free agency, before Peyton Manning parted ways with the Indianapolis Colts.

The Seahawks inked him to a three-year, $26 million contract. Now they could take advantage of a buyer's market for quarterbacks.

There is a paucity of talent at the position in both free agency and the draft. The Kansas City Chiefs knew that when they traded for former San Francisco 49ers starter Alex Smith.

The likes of Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib and Matt Barkley aren't setting the pulses of pro scouts racing leading up the 2013 draft. That puts the Bills, Jaguars and Raiders in a tough position.

All three have major question marks at quarterback. The Bills dumped Ryan Fitzpatrick, but could be the more likely member of this trio to trust the draft route.

New head coach Doug Marrone coached Nassib at Syracuse and has better first-hand knowledge of Smith and Barkley.

The Raiders seem set to part company with veteran Carson Palmer. However, they have major cap issues and not much to offer in trade.

The Silver and Black only have six pick in April's draft and are without selections in the second and fifth rounds.

New Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley was the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks in 2012. He knows Flynn, but so far it remains unclear what the Jaguars intend to do with 2011 first round pick Blaine Gabbert.

Bradley has targeted defense in his early attempts to rebuild the 2-14 Jaguars. He has some intriguing weapons on offense, including wide receiver Justin Blackmon and running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

However, those weapons will be wasted without more competent quarterback play. Flynn could be the answer.

New offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch has worked under the likes of Mike Shanahan and Brian Billick in the past. That gives him a good background in the West Coast offense.

That's the type of scheme that allowed Flynn to thrive in those brief cameos for the Packers. Unlike the Raiders, the Jaguars have a prime pick in every round and could tempt the Seahawks into a deal.

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