John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune offers a warm welcome to the newest member of the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Matt Flynn.
McGrath writes that Flynn is the cure to the Spring blahs in the Pacific Northwest, including the failure of the Huskies to make the NCAA basketball tournament, the underwhelming Mariners still in training camp, no NBA or NHL team to root for, and dreary weather.
McGrath: A lot of people are really, really happy about this. “Flynnsanity” might be too strong a word, but how else to describe the buzz about a free agent with two career starts?
I haven’t seen you play since your college days at LSU, but already I get the sense you’ll be a fan favorite. For one, the Seahawks have enjoyed much success with former Green Bay Packers backups named Matt.
(And I take it you prefer Matt to Matthew, right? The other Matt often was called Matthew. He was even called Matthew by the play-by-play radio broadcaster, Steven Raible.)
Anyway, aside from your pedigree as a former Packers backup named Matt, I like the way you handled your brief experience with free agency. You interviewed with the Seahawks, then fulfilled an obligation to talk to the Dolphins, whose new coach, Joe Philbin, used to be your offensive coordinator at Green Bay.
It took fewer than 24 hours to ponder the most profound decision of your pro football career.
Here’s my story on the Flynn signing, with the Seahawks taking a calculated risk that the LSU product can emerge as the team’s franchise quarterback.
ESPN’s KC Joyner believes the Seahawks are taking a gamble by bringing Flynn into the fold. Joyner, and he believes the numbers from his first two starts indicate that the LSU product is a minor upgrade to Jackson. You must be an ESPN insider to view this.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald talks to Flynn’s father, Alvin Flynn, who had this to say about his son choosing Seattle over the Dolphins: “They had a difference in evaluation as to his value. We have so much respect for [Dolphins coach] Joe Philbin. But it obviously didn’t work out. He’s excited that it’s done.”
Peter King of Sports Illustrated has contract details on Flynn. According to King: "The deal is for three years, with $10 million guaranteed. Depending on his skill level and whether he starts, Flynn could earn between $19.5 and $24 million from the contract, or $26 million if he performs at a top-quarterback level. But chances are he'll play two years of the deal and then the Seahawks will make their decision for the future on him.
"His minimum over two years is $13.25 million, a league source said, with that number rising to $15.5 million over two years if he starts in 2012, and $16 million if he starts and the Seahawks make the playoffs. The basic deal here: Flynn will make between $6.63 million and $8 million a year, depending on whether he beats out Jackson for the starting job and how well he plays."
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com writes that he hopes Seahawks fans will show some patience with Flynn, who has only two career starts and probably will experience some hiccups in his first season in Seattle.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post writes that you don’t hand out $10 million in guaranteed money to someone like Flynn unless you expect them to be a major contributor to your football team.
Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark confirms the feeling of a lot of people around the league – no one wants to go to the Dolphins.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com throws cold water on those that have Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill rising up the draft board, saying he’s a huge roll of he dice as a top 12 pick.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Seahawks will host Oakland free agent running back Michael Bush and tight end Jacob Tamme.