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Morning links: Idzik looking for competition at QB

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 22, 2013 at 7:21 am with 6 Comments »
February 22, 2013 7:56 am
John Idzik, New York Jets General Manager, answers a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
John Idzik, New York Jets General Manager, answers a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Day 2 of the NFL Scouting Combine begins today. We should have more player interviews, along with the expectation that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll will speak to reporters this afternoon.

In my story today, former Seattle Seahawks salary cap specialist and contract negotiator John Idzik is learning the ropes the hard way as the new general manager of the New York Jets, dealing with the relentless New York media.

Idzik already is on the defensive, having to quiet the storm created by speculation that the Jets want to trade injured quarterback cornerback Darrelle Revis. Idzik leaned on a word bandied about the VMAC on a daily basis by Pete Carroll – competition.

The most interesting part of the conversation is Idzik said he wants to bring competition to quarterback position, both from on the roster and through the draft or free agency.

So does that mean Idzik would be interested in a move to bring Matt Flynn to New York? We’ll have to wait and see on that – team executives aren’t allowed to comment on players under contract with other teams because it would be considered tampering by the league.

“I like the idea of any quarterback who comes in competing,” Idzik said. “And I don’t think it’s limited to who we have. That’s going to be a constant process. So who can we bring in, or who can we draft? Or who are the incumbents that are coming along well that spice up that competition? Again, that’s an ongoing thing.”

Here’s my story breaking down the bullet points from Seahawks general manager John Schneider’s press conference on Thursday, including the possibility of trading Matt Flynn.

I talked with KJR’s Ian Furness and Jason Puckett from the combine on Thursday. You can listen to the conversation here.

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times writes the Seahawks Way is starting to rub off on the rest of the league.

Check out the full video of Schneider talking at the combine on Thursday right here.

Clare Farnsworth at writes that new Arizona head coach Bruce Arians had a familiar Super Bowl ring on from Super Bowl XL, Pittsburgh’s win over the Seattle Seahawks. Arians served as the wide receivers coach for the Steelers in 2006.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman goes into further detail about feeling disrespected by Darrelle Revis on NFL AM.

Pat Kirwan writing for CBS Sports says the University of Washington product Desmond Trufant has a chance to be drafted in the first round if he answers questions about his long speed at the combine.

Rob Rang of writes that Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray gained 24 pounds, measuring in at 6-6 and 232 pounds. Bray plans to participate in all drills, including throwing drills, at the combine.

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports has an interesting story on Tennessee tight end Jared Cook, who could be a possible target for Seattle in free agency. The Titans are expected to franchise Cook. However, the tight end’s representation has broached the possibility that Cook should be classified as a receiver instead of a tight end because he lined up as a receiver about 80 percent of the time for the Titans. The difference in franchise tags for a tight end ($6 million) and receiver ($10.5 million) is significant.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated writes that there’s talent available in free agency, but that doesn’t necessarily mean players will be receiving megadeals. King: “The flat cap is dictating many decisions. NFL teams have been told to expect a cap of around $121 to $122 million over the next two years, with marginal increases after that, beginning in 2015. And so smart teams snug to the cap — Baltimore, Seattle, Atlanta, the Giants — will lead the way by not jumping out in the early days of the market for any player other than a reasonably priced one. “More than anything this year, I believe you will see teams saying, ‘patience is a virtue,'” one general manager said over the weekend. That means that the secondary market, which usually occurs about two weeks after free agency begins in mid-March, will be a busier time than the early days of free agency.”

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  1. SandpointHawk says:

    Eric S/B cornerback…

    Idzik already is on the defensive, having to quiet the storm created by speculation that the Jets want to trade injured quarterback Darrelle Revis

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Perhaps I’m underestimating him, but I’d be very surprised to learn Idzik will have a significant say in personnel decisions in NY. Regardless, he is right about opening up their QB competition. The Jets need some clarity there, badly.

  3. Soggybuc says:

    Well Mr. Arians you just whizzed on any chance of a grace period or sympathy Hawks fans may have given you.
    Time to crush the Cards Buffalo style!

  4. trout_hound says:

    Some insight into Cam’s ankle (cankle) on the new Baldwin Fresh Files video:

  5. On ESPN 710 this morning, Brock and Salk were implying that Matt Flynn’s agent has called the Seahawks and told them they he wants out, that he would not be a distraction, but that he is not happy being the backup. What will Pete and John do? Pete wants guys that have bought in 100%. He even said at the end of the season that Matt felt like he should be the starter, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise. The question is– do you want him on the team if he doesn’t want to be here? Will you settle for a 5th-7th rounder just to rid yourself of him. We saw them cut TJ Housh and eat $8 million when they thought he didn’t fit in. There a few quality veteran backups out there that you could get for cheaper and they would probably be happy to come here and could probably get you a couple of wins or at least keep you in the game. Matt Moore, Colt McCoy, Brady Quinn. Not ideal, but not disgruntled.

  6. RDPoulsbo says:

    The more I think of it, the more likely Flynn does get traded. Of course Flynn wants to be a starter, but there’s no starting spot to be had in Seattle. Pete has also said part of the reason they can get good guys to come into the organization is they help guys improve move up the chain. On top of it all, in spite of all the talk of Smith lowering the value of a potential market for Flynn, there’s still more starting QB spots that need to be filled than there are starting quality QBs to go around via FA, trade or draft. Flynn’s contract isn’t outrageous, even for cap strapped teams so those that need a QB can take a chance without having to go all in on him. It’s a lot like when Seattle brought in T-Jack. At worst, he’s a moderately priced starter that can keep the seat warm until they can find a long term solution in 2014.

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