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Flynn's deal answers one of Seattle's big offseason questions. The Seahawks have focused mostly on bringing back their own free agents -- most notably running back Marshawn Lynch and defensive end Red Bryant. The only quarterback with experience on the Seahawks' roster is Tarvaris Jackson, who played through a difficult pectoral injury for more than half of last season that won him admiration in the Seahawks locker room. But he never took firm hold of the job.
"We are really excited to bring Matt in here to compete with Tarvaris," Carroll said.
Jackson threw for a career-high 3,091 yards and had a passer rating of 79.2 last season. But he had just 14 touchdowns passes versus 13 interceptions and struggled in the fourth quarter of four winnable home games that ultimately were the reason Seattle missed the playoffs.
Jackson will be the incumbent heading into offseason workouts, but it'll be an open competition with Flynn.
And the similarities to the past can't be ignored. It was before the 2001 season that former Green Bay and then Seattle coach Mike Holmgren wanted to bring a Packers' backup to Seattle in the hopes of becoming the long-term starter.
So Seattle traded for Hasselbeck, who eventually played a decade for the Seahawks, starting 131 regular season games and leading them to their only Super Bowl appearance. Like Flynn, Hasselbeck was a late-round selection who got few opportunities playing behind a star.
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