Matt Flynn rumors: Seahawks would reportedly trade QB

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Seahawks have reportedly told Matt Flynn that they're willing to trade him. But with many teams expecting Seattle to simply cut the backup quarterback, they are withholding offers from Seattle.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn's strange season — in which he went from presumed starter in Seattle to backup to one of the season's best story lines — has ended, and not surprisingly, trade talks have swirled around Flynn ever since the Seahawks' season ended.

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Not backing down from the rumors, Seattle has reportedly informed Flynn that he indeed is on the trading block and the Seahawks are willing to part ways with the remaining two years of his contract.

But for the many teams in need of an upgrade at the quarterback position, Seattle's quarterback situation has actually convinced other teams to avoid talking potential trades.

Rookie Russell Wilson notably gave the Seahawks a viable, cheap and exciting new face to the franchise at quarterback, and Flynn never really got a chance to prove his worth after signing a three-year, $19.5-million contract in March 2012.

Now, with the option to either trade or cut Flynn, many teams expect Seattle to simple cut the quarterback, opening up the chase for the former backup to Aaron Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers without any team having to send Seattle anything in return.

Teams who are likely interested in keeping as much of the draft picks and young talent that they currently have while pursuing other options at quarterback would certainly prefer to sign Flynn on the open market as opposed to having to give up anything in return.

Flynn, who originally attracted much of the attention pointed his way during a Week 17 start against the Detroit Lions to close out the 2011 season, could land with a number of teams next season, either as a starter or a trustworthy backup.

Teams interested in Flynn in either a starting or backup role could include the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which all missed the playoffs in 2012 and could be looking for a change of tone in their offenses.

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