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January 25, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Too broke to fix: Rounding out the market for Matt Flynn this offseason

We round out our tour of potential suitors for Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn by looking at those teams that have a need, but not necessarily the wherewithal to make a move for Flynn. But first to review: Here are the first two tiers of potential suitors starting with the three teams in the most dire need of a new quarterback:
QB desperation: Thy name is the Arizona Cardinals. And the New York Jets. And the Kansas City Chiefs.

Then comes the second tier:


Three teams looking to upgrade: Jaguars, Browns and Eagles

And now, we look at two teams with a need at quarterback, but seem unlikely to make a move for Flynn for two very different reasons:


BUFFALO
Quarterbacks
Ryan Fitzpatrick
Tyler Thigpen
Tarvaris Jackson
2013 salary
$4.25 million
Free agent
Free agent
Signed through
2017
 
 
Situation: The dangers of over-committing to a quarterback can be demonstrated by the Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has just now finished the first season of a six-year extension he signed in 2011, which included a $10 million signing bonus. How’s the feel right about now Buffalo? The Bills have the longest active playoff draught in the league, a new coach in Doug Marrone and a big, old glaring void at the most important position. The Bills are going to have to do something at quarterback. Tyler Thigpen is a free agent. So is Tarvaris Jackson.
Six degrees of Matt Flynn: Marrone is not without NFL experience. He coached the Jets’ offensive line from 2002 to 2005 and the Saints’ O-line from 2006 to 2008. But you can expect a whole lot of people connect the Bills to Ryan Nassib, Syracuse’s four-year starter at quarterback in the upcoming draft.
Prognosis: Long shot unless Bills general manager Buddy Nix harbors some sort of secret crush on Seattle’s backup.
OAKLAND
Quarterbacks
Carson Palmer
Terrelle Pryor
Matt Leinart
2013 salary
$13 million
$595,000
Free agent
Signed through
2014
2014

Free agent

Situation: OK, I’ll give Carson Palmer credit. He played pretty darn well last season for a guy I believe has a fork stuck in him. Yup, I think he’s done, though he may not be finished in Oakland with Matt Leinart a free agent and Terrelle Pryor the other quarterback under contract. Bringing in Flynn to compete for the job is hardly the worst idea.
Six degrees of Matt Flynn: Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie worked in Green Bay before he was hired in Oakland, meaning he has background with Flynn. The problem is the Raiders are so bereft of draft choices – they didn’t hold a pick in either of the first two rounds last year – that they can’t afford to give up anything in the way of compensation to acquire Flynn.
Prognosis: Prognosis: Long shot. Seattle already holds one of Oakland’s draft picks by virtue of the Aaron Curry trade in 2011. Don’t expect the Raiders to give the Seahawks another one.

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