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Seahawks sound content to keep Matt Flynn as a backup

Matt Flynn

Seattle Seahawks Matt Flynn in the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)


Russell Wilson’s breakout season in Seattle made Matt Flynn, last year’s top free agent quarterback, expendable. But that doesn’t mean the Seahawks are planning to send Flynn packing.

In fact, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the “priority” for the Seahawks is to keep Flynn as the backup. Although Flynn’s three-year, $19.5 million contract makes him expensive for a backup, Wilson’s status as a third-round draft pick with only one year in the league makes him a bargain. So the Seahawks figure they’re not overspending at the quarterback position if they have Wilson as their No. 1 and Flynn as their No. 2, even if it is a little odd that the No. 2 is making so much more than the No. 1.

Seahawks General Manager John Schneider has said he’s open to trading Flynn, but it sounds like someone would have to bowl the Seahawks over with an offer to pry him away.

So Flynn, who left Green Bay after four years as Aaron Rodgers’ backup believing he had finally found a place where he could start in Seattle, may be in for another season as a backup. Or maybe two more seasons as a backup.