TEMPE, Ariz. When the Seahawks signed free agent quarterback Matt Flynn this summer, some assumed they were grooming their franchise quarterback a guy who would eventually take the reins from Tarvaris Jackson (now with Buffalo).
Then Seattle drafted Wisconsin standout Russell Wilson in the third round and the game changed. After an impressive preseason, Wilson was named the starter for Seattles opener Sunday in Arizona. That means one high-priced free agent quarterback (Flynn) will be staring across the field at another, Kevin Kolb, who lost the Cardinals QB battle to former fifth-round draft pick John Skelton.
Thats the price of free agency, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. You take people off the free-agent market, youre going to have to pay for it.
The difference between the Seahawks and Cardinals situations is that Seattle gave itself options by signing Flynn and drafting Wilson in the same offseason to help shore up a position of weakness.
When the Cards signed Kolb, they...