The Matt Flynn sweepstakes didn’t resemble the cutthroat competition many anticipated heading into the off season. One game against the Lions -yes, he was fantastic – didn’t convince teams in dire need of help at Quarterback that Flynn was worth a long term deal. It was shrewd move from talent evaluators who all too often overvalue small sample sizes.
The Seahawks signed Flynn to a three year contract with $10 million guaranteed. While the money doled out to Flynn isn’t insane, the Seattle’s incumbent starting Quarterback – Tarvaris Jackson – isn’t exactly making the league minimum. Jackson will make a base salary of $4 million in the final year of his contract.
Fine. Pete Carroll and company are quite reasonable in wanting an open competition for the most important position on the team. Rather then getting the starting gig handed to him, Flynn can show his teammates he is worthy of their support- yes that was painful to type. Jackson will have one more shot at proving he is a starter in the NFL and not another Seneca Wallace.
The Seahawks decided to destroy this perfect scenario when they took Wisconsin Quarterback Russell Wilson in the third round of this year’s draft. This weekend Carroll indicated Wilson will have a shot to be the starter in the pacific northwest.
“It’s going to take us a long time to do this. It’s going to be frustrating for you guys. You’re going to keep asking and want to know. I’m just going to be more patient than you can imagine as we go through this process, and we’ll just figure it out when we do.” Did Seattle expect Wilson to be ready to compete for the starting job as soon as it drafted him in the third round? “I’d hoped that, and we confirmed it in these three days,” Carroll said. “He left really no question about he needs to be involved in the competition.”
What’s worrying is the “it’s going to be frustrating for you guys” part of Carroll’s statement. He’s referring to the press, but it’s easy to imagine players on the Seahawks getting quite sick of this three-way ‘competition’ pretty damn quick in August.
Can anybody tell me the last time one of these open competitions worked out for anyone involved? I’m all ears.
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