Continuing down the list of potential quarterback targets for the New York Jets, another player from John Idzik's time with the Seattle Seahawks appears. Matt Flynn became a very popular player for teams in need of quarterback help after an explosive performance against the Detroit Lions in Week 17 of the 2011 season (the game was actually on January 1, 2012). The Seahawks went out and acquired Matt Flynn, but rookie Russell Wilson beat him out for the starting job. Will John Idzik bring him to the Jets to compete with Mark Sanchez?
The backup quarterback is always the most popular player on the team when the starter is struggling, and there's almost always a backup somewhere that's the most popular player in the league for teams in need of quarterback help. Matt Flynn was that player, and to an extent still is, for many NFL fans. Some may have replaced him with Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins, but it doesn't seem like he's available given the injury issues for Robert Griffin III.
In that game against the Detroit Lions, Matt Flynn threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns – both Green Bay Packers franchise records. He threw the final touchdown to Jermichael Finley with 1:10 left in the game, securing a 45-41 win. In the cold conditions, for a quarterback starting after watching Aaron Rodgers for 16 weeks, it was a remarkable performance.
It wasn't the first time Matt Flynn had put on an impressive performance in spot duty. The year before he nearly beat the New England Patriots with Aaron Rodgers out due to a concussion. The two big games put him at the top of the list for teams looking for quarterbacks around the NFL.
The Seahawks signed Matt Flynn to a three-year, $19.5 million deal. Not a massive deal for a quarterback, but a bit pricey for a backup. That has led to speculation that the Seahawks, looking for pieces to put them over the hump in a very competitive NFC West, would be open to trading him. With NFL teams thirsty for quality quarterback play, there would be plenty of suitors.
The Jets would certainly have to kick the tires. If it means dealing Darrelle Revis, it doesn't seem like the right fit, however. The Jets need to make sure they parlay Darrelle Revis into young talent that can contribute cheaply. That means rookie draft picks. Moving Darrelle Revis, and not getting any cap relief from it this year, and adding a significant contract at the quarterback position already partially occupied by Mark Sanchez isn't a good idea.
Plus, Matt Flynn was unable to beat out Russell Wilson. Wilson certainly had a very good season, but Matt Flynn definitely benefited from the abundance of talent with the Packers. Would he make a significant impact with the Jets?