by John Campion - contact : firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
When the news broke that Matt Flynn was headed to the Seattle Seahawks for three years, $26 million American, it made me almost as happy as I was when Arizona inked Kevin Kolb’s huge, albeit bonus-leveraged, contract before the beginning of last season. By the way, didn’t Arizona just tender Kevin Kolb’s first big, $7 million dollar bonus? Another NFC West team rolling the dice with millions of dollars on an unproven, overrated backup is great news for the 49er faithful.
The Seahawks and all the 12th man nation feel like they’re getting the reincarnate of Matt Hasselbeck, a relatively unproven backup quarterback out of the Green Bay Packers organization, during the Brett Favre era . While Hasselbeck led the Seahawks to some success, in conjunction with Mike Holmgren’s football genius/the same offensive system that Hasselbeck ran in Green Bay, not to mention Shaun Alexander in his prime with a dominant offensive line, it is a different situation in the Emerald City these days.
Pete Carroll is at the helm of an offensively down-trodden organization, a relatively unsuccessful, overly-enthusiastic NFL head coach with a track record of inconsistency resulting in four losing seasons (Jets, Patriots, Seahawks twice), one wild card loss and one lucky playoff berth (7-9 record, 2010) and win (Lynch breaking 15 tackles on one run). With an offensive line that has a lot of names, but a lack of solid NFL-level producers , and a handful of hit and miss receivers, the Seahawks and new QB Matt Flynn are poised to have another disappointing, lack-luster season in the overcast capital of the conference. Thank you, ’Hawks, for tying up a good portion of that $29.8 million in division leading cap space you HAD this off-season with Flynn.
Marshawn Lynch is solid. Too Solid. And that Seattle defense is up and coming, with a plethora of young talents that are pretty damn raw, to boot. However, other than that, the Seahawks will most likely be content to battle the Arizona Cardinals for second best in the division. That is, unless the St. Louis Rams start making some more moves to improve, arguably, the worst team in the NFC West.
St. Louis has more unrestricted free agents than any other team in the division, the most room to maneuver their big contracts within the salary cap(even though Seattle had the most “actual” cap space) , and the best draft position selection. The Rams have already made moves to improve an offensive line that struggled last season, and a steadily improving defense with the additions of former Packers all-pro center Scott Wells and former Miami Dolphins DE Kendall Langford.
Right now, I would argue that Sam Bradford is the best and most proven quarterback signed in the NFC West. If their organization can land some talent in free agency and the draft, than St. Louis may emerge as a dark horse contender in the division. There is a lot of time from now until the draft, and things now untold will become more clear as details develop across the conference and the league.
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PS UPDATE : 07:54am EST - Citing Armando Salguero, Miami Herald; “Multiple sources say that the only way Alex Smith would sign with the Miami Dolphins is if Peyton Manning was signed by the San Francisco 49ers. Smith is also not that into the Dolphins.” San Francisco is a destination team this year! I LOVE IT!!!!
UPDATE - No official confirmation yet, but all preliminary reports are that Peyton Manning has or will accept the Denver Broncos 5-year, $96 million dollar contract.] offer.