Jacksonville Jaguars Pull Out of Matt Flynn Trade Sweepstakes

Dec 9, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn (15) throws a pass against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 58-0. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this week it was reported that the Jacksonville Jaguars were the “most likely” destination for Seattle Seahawks odd-man-out Matt Flynn. But it appears as though those reports were based off of speculation and they actually held very little water. According to the Florida Sun-Times, the Jaguars did indeed entertain the idea of trading for Flynn, but have ultimately decided to pull their hat out of running for the quarterback.

The Jaguars explored the possibility of acquiring Matt Flynn but ultimately decided not to pursue a trade for the Seattle Seahawks’ backup quarterback. Flynn and the Jaguars were linked in a CBS Sports report earlier this week as “the most likely destination. Because new Jaguars coach Gus Bradley was formerly Seattle’s defensive coordinator and the Jaguars’ quarterback spot has been declared an open competition, the obligatory dots were connected A source said the Jaguars did their “due diligence,” regarding Flynn.

Trade talks surrounding Matt Flynn have begun to circulate once again, especially after a depressed quarterback class in free agency proved to be hardly entertaining. Flynn inked a massive deal with the Seattle Seahawks after his sole standout performance for the Green Bay Packers in week 17 of the 2011 season. But Flynn was beat out by rookie sensation Russell Wilson in the preseason and never made a start for Seattle during his first year with the team.

Seattle has been trying desperately to ensure that there isn’t a second year of the Matt Flynn era with the Seahawks. NFL wonk Jason La Confora was the reporter who linked Flynn to the Jaguars, and while he wasn’t totally wrong in assuming interest, that interest wasn’t at all serious enough to pursue a trade.

Currently the Jaguars are entering a crucial year for Blaine Gabbert, one that many are seeing as a make-or-break season for the third year quarterback. There has been talk of bringing in everyone from Tim Tebow to drafting Geno Smith and now trading for Flynn, but Gabbert has remain resilient through it all. Still, it’s clear that the Jaguars aren’t sold on him, as while they’ve yet to pull the trigger on a deal thus far, the fact that they’ve been entertaining them so much isn’t soothing news for Gabbert defenders.

Topics: Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars, Matt Flynn, NFL, NFL Trade Rumors, Seattle Seahawks

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