Revisiting Flynn implications by scenario

March, 27, 2013
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A few things to consider amid an increase in trade chatter regarding Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Matt Flynn:
  • Little pressure: The Seattle Seahawks can afford to keep Flynn on their roster from a salary-cap standpoint. However, somewhat unexpected deals with Percy Harvin, Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril did consume $13.45 million in cap space for 2013.

    Trading Flynn would clear $3.25 million in cap space -- not a huge number, but an amount the Seahawks could push forward into 2014 if the space went unused.
  • No release: Cutting Flynn would not make sense for the Seahawks on a few fronts. The team would save only $1.25 million in cap space. The team would still be on the hook for $2 million in guaranteed salary for the upcoming season. Flynn would then be free to sign with another team, perhaps even a division rival. Seattle might get worse in the No. 2 role without saving enough money or cap space to justify the move.
  • Cap specifics: The chart shows the salary-cap charges relating to Flynn for the 2013 season, depending on scenario. Flynn has a $5.25 million base salary in 2013, with $2 million of that figure guaranteed. Any team acquiring Flynn via trade would have to pay the $5.25 million unless the sides worked out a renegotiated deal. Flynn's salary jumps to $6.25 million in 2014, the final year of the contract.

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