Good morning from down in the desert. I’ll be hanging out here for the week, but will update the blog when news breaks on the Seattle Seahawks, including the finalizing of the Matt Flynn trade to Oakland.
Speaking of that, Peter King of Sports Illustrated gives us an update on the Flynn Trade in his Monday Morning Quarterback column.
King believes Seattle will get a mid-round 2014 pick and a conditional 2015 pick from Oakland for Flynn’s services. This makes sense, matching up with Carroll’s belief that not many of this year’s draft picks will make the 2013 roster.
But with young players like Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Golden Tate, Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Breno Giacomini and Doug Baldwin due for extensions in the next two years, Seattle can’t sign then all. They will need to replace a few of them through the draft.
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King also says the Raiders likely will get a fourth or fifth-round pick for Palmer in a trade with Arizona.
King: “Put yourself in Seattle GM John Schneider's shoes. Do you want your confirmed backup quarterback taking up $7.25 million on your cap this year? Or do you trust your offensive coordinator and quarterback guru, Darrell Bevell, to train another guy to back up Russell Wilson? I'll take the latter choice any day of the week.”
UPDATE: Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports that the Seahawks have finalized a deal that sends Flynn to Oakland for picks in the 2014 and 2015 draft. Glazer says both are later round picks.
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