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Flynn agrees with Seahawks

Posted Mar 18, 2012

When Matt Flynn left Seattle, many expected him to sign with the Dolphins. But Sunday, the Packers' former backup QB agreed to terms on a multiyear contract with the Seahawks.

The national speculation when Matt Flynn left Seattle on Friday for a scheduled meeting with the Dolphins was that the free-agent quarterback would decide to reunite with his former offensive coordinator in Miami.

Sunday, the speculation proved to be unfounded, as Flynn agreed to terms on a multiyear contract with the Seahawks. Flynn, 26, spent the past four seasons as the backup to Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, where new Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin had been the Packers’ offensive coordinator.

Flynn was widely considered the top QB available in free agency, until the Indianapolis Colts released future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning on March 7 – and despite the fact that Flynn started only two games with the Packers.

But Flynn made the most of his rare starts, setting franchise records by passing for 480 yards and six touchdowns in the Packers’ 2011 regular-season finale and also throwing for 251 yards and three TDs in his other start in 2010. For his career, Flynn has completed 62 percent of his passes (82 of 132) for 1,105 yards, with nine TDs and five interceptions, in 34 games.

Flynn was ranked No. 17 on Pro Football Weekly’s list of Top 100 free agents when the signing period began on Tuesday, with this comment: “Flynn’s resume is short – two regular-season starts – but his potential is considerable, and he plays the most valuable position on the field. There’s reason to believe he can be a successful full-time player. He is mobile and has improved his arm strength. Moreover, he had a valuable apprenticeship behind Aaron Rodgers. The question is: Can Flynn be elite? The team that acquires him will place high expectations on him.”

With the Seahawks, Flynn joins a team with only two quarterbacks on its roster – incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson, who was signed in free agency last year; and Josh Portis, who made the 53-man roster last season as a rookie free agent. Charlie Whitehurst, the backup the past two seasons, was an unrestricted free agent and agreed to rejoin the San Diego Chargers on Friday.

“We are really excited to bring Matt in here to compete with Tarvaris," Carroll said Sunday in a statement released by the team.

The Seahawks have an insider’s take on Flynn’s skill and potential, because general manager John Schneider was with the Packers when Flynn was selected in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of LSU.

Adding competition at the pivotal position was one of coach Pete Carroll’s offseason priorities.

“Every year going into the draft we’re looking to take a quarterback and effectively upgrade the quarterback position, and this year is no different,” Carroll said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “It hasn’t happened via the draft, but we’ve been active. And we’ll do it again.”

The Seahawks have not drafted a quarterback since Mike Teel in 2009, the year before Carroll and Schneider were hired. Instead of drafting QBs the past two years, they acquired Whitehurst in a trade with the Chargers in 2010 and signed Jackson in free agency last year.

What is Carroll looking for in a quarterback? “We’re looking for a great competitor. We’re looking for a guy that can really carry it when it’s tough and make plays when you need it to happen – that affects guys around him in a real positive way because of what he brings,” Carroll said. “So there’s a lot more to it than just physical stature.

“But ideally, we’d like a guy that can run a little bit and complement the running game and do something for us.”

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Flynn will now get the chance to show that he can be that guy for the Seahawks.