Turns out, the future might well hold more of 2012: Seahawks general manager John Schneider indicated on Thursday at the 2013 NFL combine that he was happy with the Seahawks' "great setup" at quarterback.
"I think we have a great setup," Schneider said. "I feel very blessed that we have two quarterbacks like this -- two starting-caliber guys. What happened last year didn't really have a reflection on what Matt did. It was really what Russell did in terms of stepping forward and taking charge."
But that doesn't mean Schneider wouldn't consider moving Flynn. On the contrary -- the GM said he would "listen to everything" when it came for offers for Flynn from other quarterback-needy teams.
"It's so early to ... it's not like I've had a chance to sit down with other general managers to talk about what their situation is," Schneider said. "But we're always going to listen to everything. That doesn't necessarily mean we will do something with Matt."
The market for quarterbacks is abysmal this year. The draft doesn't have any true studs in it and free agency is even worse. Flynn and 49ers backup Alex Smith might well be the "safest" options, but they come with the built-in price of trading for a player as well.
Part of the reason why folks think the 49ers will ultimately be forced to dump Smith is related to salary. Schneider said that's not an issue in Seattle, where they have a "primary" salary-cap model that features Flynn on the roster.
"We have different models set up with our cap," Schneider said. "And we have a model set up that includes Matt. It's our primary model."
Flynn is a luxury for a team that hit a home run in the draft after making a semi-bold move in free agency to pick up Flynn, who came at a significant discount.
But it's also a smart luxury, given that an injury to Wilson without a sufficient backup plan could significantly derail the Seahawks' season. As such, it wouldn't be surprising if Seattle ended up squatting on Flynn through 2013 provided no one bowls them over with a trade offer during the offseason.
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