With the NFL offseason starting to ramp up, the quarterback battle for Seattle Seahawks will be on of the most intriguing to follow as recently acquired Matt Flynn looks to take the job from the inconsistent Tarvaris Jackson heading into the 2012 season.
Elliot Harrison of NFL.com picked out his seven QB competitions to keep an eye on this offseason, and Flynn vs. Jackson was right up there with the best of them:
Seattle signed Matt Flynn to three-year deal in March that includes $10 million guaranteed. Considering Jackson is due to make $4 million this season, which is non-guaranteed, you can see where this might be headed, unless Jackson plays out of his freaking mind. The odds-on favorite appears to be the former Green Bay Packers backup, who has thrown nine touchdowns and compiled a 123.0 passer rating in two career starts.
The other possibility would be to keep them both with the expectation that this is a playoff team in need of two vets. It's just going to cost GM John Schneider a healthy chunk of change. Don't forget third-round pick Russell Wilson, who the Seahawks reportedly think can compete, too. The smart money says that's a year away.
Advantage: Flynn. You don't guarantee a guy $10 million and sit him for a player of Tarvaris Jackson's ilk.
Very good point, but you never quite know to expect with Jackson, who may impress enough to maintain the top spot on the depth chart. Only time will tell at this point.