Publicly the Seattle Seahawks are maintaining that they are still in the midst of a three-way quarterback competition, while in reality the contest is already over. Tarvaris Jackson, Russell Wilson and Matt Flynn have all been trying to win the starting job, but sources close to the team told us Monday night that Flynn has the job locked up.
For the past few weeks Flynn has been running with the first-team, while Wilson has been acting as the backup and Jackson looks like the odd man out. The 27-year-old Flynn has started both preseason games for the Seahawks, but hasn’t exactly been impressive.
In two preseason starts, Flynn has completed 17 of 26 passes for 102 yards, with no touchdowns and an interception. To be fair, Flynn has been under near-constant pressure so far this preseason and has been sacked three times.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times claims the competition is over though, simply because Flynn is the only guy running against the opposing first-team defense and he’s working with the starters in practice.
After signing Flynn to a three-year, $19.5 million deal ($10 million guaranteed) this offseason the Seahawks would be smart to hand him the reins to the offense and give him a chance to build something. They didn’t pay him that much cash to be a backup.
According to our sources it’s Flynn’s job for now and he’ll probably hang on to it for at least the first half of the season unless something completely disastrous happens.
UPDATE: The Seahawks have announced that Wilson will start the team’s third preseason game Friday night. But we’re hearing this is just an audition to see how Wilson does with the first team and that Flynn is still the likely starter when the regular season kicks off.