Even though the Seattle Seahawks signed Matt Flynn to a contract that will pay him around $8 million a season, head coach Pete Carroll made it clear during an appearance with WQAM in Miami with Joe Rose, that he won’t be handed the starting job and there will be an open competition.
“First of all we are always looking to make the quarterback position as competitive as possible, so going into free agency we thought Matt was really a guy that could fit us,” said Carroll. ”John Schneider, our general manager, had been at the Packers when they took Matt and they watched him grow up there. We had some good background information on him. We brought him out for a visit and all the coaches really liked him and he seemed very comfortable. We worked him out as well. He had a great workout and everything looked great, but then we had to turn him loose like a recruiting weekend and he had one more visit left. He went to see the Dolphins and after visiting them he called me the next morning early and said ‘Hey Coach I want to come to Seattle.’ It was kind of like a recruit calling me. He wanted to come. We hadn’t even done a contract yet. We were thrilled about that and for whatever reason he thought this was the best fit for him and we were happy to get him. What we are looking for is to make this position very competitive. Tarvaris Jackson was our starter last year and he’s coming in to compete head-to-head for the starting job. It’s my job now to make sure I create a competitive opportunity for both kids to show they can fit in and we’ll go with the best guy and it’s going to make our quarterback position better certainly. We are happy about that.”
Right now going into training camp, it looks like the Seahawks starting quarterback job will be between both Flynn and Tavaris Jackson. If they end up taking a quarterback in the first or second round of next week’s draft, there’s a chance a third player could be in the mix to start as well.