Several NFL sources have identified Jacksonville as the most likely destination for Seattle backup quarterback Matt Flynn, and the Jaguars are among the teams to talk to the Seahawks about a deal. Buffalo and Oakland are also in the mix, and though things have progressed slowly, sources said a trade could materialize before the draft.
Flynn was signed to a lucrative free-agent deal in Seattle a year ago but barely played last season while Russell Wilson emerged as a rookie sensation. The Seahawks have not hidden their desire to find value for Flynn and give him the opportunity to play elsewhere. Jags coach Gus Bradley knows Flynn from his time as Seattle's defensive coordinator. The Jags are looking for someone to push starter Blaine Gabbert, who has looked like a first-round bust to this point, and though they have veteran Chad Henne on the roster, the Jags are exploring other options, sources said. The Jags have abundant cap space.
All three of these teams could end up drafting a quarterback high next month, but they do have at least some interest in making a deal. The Seahawks might not be able to get more than a fourth- or fifth-round pick for Flynn, but after parting with a bounty in a trade for receiver Percy Harvin, they would obviously like to replenish some. However, the team won't give Flynn away as it prepares for what it hopes is a Super Bowl season.
The Raiders still could part ways with starter Carson Palmer, and, as I have long reported, will not pay him his scheduled $13 million for 2013. The Bills recently released former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. Contact between the teams is expected to continue.
The market for available free-agent quarterbacks has largely dried up, with Jason Campbell, Kevin Kolb and Tyler Thigpen (whose athleticism leads some to believe he could be a fit for the Seahawks if/when they deal Flynn) among those still out there, but to this point the Bills, Raiders and Jaguars have not moved for any of them.