Sunday, March 18, 2012

Seattle Seahawks Sign Matt Flynn

Just like they did 11 years ago, the Seattle Seahawks looked to the Green Bay Packers for their next franchise quarterback. On Sunday, Seattle signed ex-Packer Matt Flynn to a 3-year, $26 million deal, which includes $10 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Flynn will take over the starting quarterback role previously held by Tarvaris Jackson, who replaced Matt Hasselbeck last season. Hasselbeck, who was acquired in a trade with the Packers in 2001, was not re-signed by Seattle in 2011 and landed with the Tennessee Titans.

During his four-year career, Flynn saw little playing time while backing up MVP Aaron Rodgers. However, in the two games he started for the Packers (vs. New England in 2010 and vs. Detroit in 2011), Flynn threw for a combined 731 yards and nine touchdowns in those games.

Fantasy impact: Flynn is a significant upgrade over Jackson. While he isn't a fantasy QB1, he does improve the value of Sidney Rice (if he can stay healthy), Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate. Flynn's arrival should help Marshawn Lynch's value as well. Defenses won't be able to focus only on Seattle's running game.

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