Five NFL Players on the Trading Block and Where They Might Land - Page 3
The Seattle Seahawks make too much sense, though. Matt Hasselbeck is a free agent and coach Pete Carroll was Palmer's coach at USC. Palmer clearly wants to win and both the Raiders and Seahawks give him a chance to do so now.
The problem with the Raiders is they're just as dysfunctional as the Bengals. Ultimately, the decision lies with Cincinnati, but Palmer wields some power because of his threat to retire. The story is too good for Palmer to end up anywhere but Seattle.
Matt Flynn, quarterback, Green Bay Packers
Flynn isn't the biggest name on the trade market, but he is one of the most attractive. A 2008 seventh-round draft pick, Flynn is one of those quarterbacks who finds the right coach – in this case Mike McCarthy – and develops into a potential starter over time.
After Flynn filled in for an injured Aaron Rodgers in week 15 of the 2010 season and threw for 251 yards and three touchdown at New England, a lot of NFL personnel people decided that time is now.
The Packers lost to the Patriots 31-27, but Flynn showed the type of leadership and meddle, not to mention the touch, to lead his team into a hostile environment against one of the league's best teams and play well enough to win. Flynn's value may never be higher than it is right now and Packers may have to move him eventually.
Flynn is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Under last year's free agency rules, he would be a restricted free agent, but no one knows what the new collective bargaining agreement will hold. Looking beyond that, Flynn wants to and has earned the opportunity to start in the NFL. The Packers won't ignore that. The only question is whether they trade Flynn this offseason or next.
In either case, the Dolphins almost make too much sense. The Dolphins replace Henne and Flynn, who was a standout at LSU, returns to the south. The wild card could be the Washington Redskins, where the athletic Flynn would give coach Mike Shanahan visions of John Elway dancing in his head.
Kyle Orton, quarterback, Denver Broncos
The Broncos say Kyle Orton is their starting quarterback. I don't think Kyle Orton even believes that. The team didn't draft Tim Tebow so he could ride the pine and, if you know anything about Tebow, this is just the type of motivational tool that brings him out at his best. While we're conceding the Broncos job to Tebow, Orton is still a legitimate NFL starter – he threw for 3,653 yards, with 20 touchdown and only nine interceptions, last season.