There’s been very little to discuss regarding the Buffalo Bills this offseason, at least in terms of veteran acquisitions, so it comes as no surprise that fans were buzzing Tuesday evening when CBS’ Jason LaCanfora reported the Bills were one of three NFL teams discussing a trade with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn.
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 27, 2013
Let me stop you right there. I’m not attempting to discredit LaCanfora’s claim by saying the Bills haven’t discussed Flynn. In fact, I’m quite sure they have. Why wouldn’t they? The Bills should and probably are at least thinking about or openly discussing any quarterback option out there. That happens when your current roster depth consists of Tarvaris Jackson and Aaron Corp.
A trade for Flynn, however, is very highly unlikely. For starters the Bills only have six draft picks on the board six month. Then there’s the factor that Flynn is slated to make $7.5 million in 2013, which is in large part why Seattle would love to deal him. There’s no way Buddy Nix is surrendering a precious draft pick and paying Flynn that sum of money if he’s not the undisputed starter opening week. The Bills cut Ryan Fitzpatrick mainly because he wasn’t worth his salary, so why would they take on even more with Flynn, who’s arguably not even better than Fitzpatrick?
Flynn signed a three-year deal worth $19.5 million last offseason and expected to be Seattle’s starter, but he was beaten out soundly in training camp by Russell Wilson. Ironically Flynn’s arrival made Tarvaris Jackson expendable, who was traded to Buffalo for a seventh-round draft pick during the preseason.
Buffalo also traded Marshawn Lynch to Seattle in 2010, so the clubs do have a recent trade history with each other.
It’s a foregone conclusion the Bills are going to select a quarterback early in next month’s draft and the odds are astronomical that selection will come with one of their first two selections.
I’d be very, very surprised if Flynn ends up in Buffalo, at least via trade.