As Peyton Watch enters its fourth day, it is easy to overlook that the Seattle Seahawks made a big move of their own at quarterback as they signed free agent Matt Flynn to a three year deal. Whatever your thoughts on Flynn, this is a big deal. If Flynn turns into the next big thing, score one for the Seahawks. If he struggles, we'll be quickly reminded of everyone from Kevin Kolb in Arizona to Rob Johnson back in Jacksonville way back in the day.
The Seahawks ended up giving Flynn a three year $26 million deal that in reality is $19 million with only $10 million of it guaranteed. It's a lot of money for a guy with very little starting experience, but for a roll of the dice, I would argue it's actually a fairly reasonable deal. Add in that it didn't cost them draft picks like Arizona, and I'd say the Seahawks probably made a decent decision. Their only real alternatives were making a run at Alex Smith or maybe going after Josh Johnson or Tim Tebow (if Manning went to Denver).
The Seahawks put together a 7-9 season in 2011, which wasn't too shabby considering they were rolling out Tarvaris Jackson with a side of Charlie Whitehurst. Flynn has made three significant appearances over the last two years, with a start in Week 17 last year and two starts the season before. He blew up the Detroit Lions with a franchise record 480 passing yards and six touchdowns. That got the buzz going, but not enough to get him a ridiculous deal.
Can Matt Flynn be the difference at quarterback for the Seahawks, or will the Seahawks be in the market for a QB once again in a year or two? Some folks seem to think they still might go after Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill in the draft. They are not overly committed to Flynn, so drafting a QB would seem to remain on the table.