NFL: The Seattle Seahawks are sending Matt Flynn to Oakland, not so much for what they’ll get in return, but rather what the move will allow them to retain.
That became pretty clear when the trade, which was first reported Friday, became official Monday with the Seahawks announcing they have sent their backup quarterback to Oakland for a fifth-round pick in 2014, as well as a conditional 2015 pick.
That compensation could help the Seahawks improve – Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor, two key pieces of Seattle’s defense, were fifth-round picks – but the reality of that relatively low compensation is that the trade was made with future salary cap implications in mind.
By moving Flynn, the Seahawks will save $3.25 million in cap space this season, money that can be rolled over to next year if the Seahawks are under the cap in 2013, which they likely will be.
It also gets Flynn, who signed a three-year deal last spring, off the books for 2014. While it was unlikely that Flynn would have been here beyond this season, moving him a year from now would have meant a $2 million cap hit in 2014 that now goes away.
Four from area earn state honors
High school basketball: Four area standouts were named players of the year in Washington for their classifications, the Associated Press announced Monday.
Corey Langerveld, who lead Pullman to the State 2A boys championship; Brandon Gfeller of State 2B boys runner-up Colfax; Kelsey Moos of Reardan, who led the Indians to a threepeat in girls 2B; and Jenna Moser, who led Colton to a fifth straight girls 1B title, are players of the year.
Eight others were named to first teams: Brett Bailey of University (3A), Dexter Sienko and Erik Muelheims of St. George’s (2B), Alec Bluff of Cusick (1B), Kayleigh Valley of U-Hi (3A), Paige Vincent of Colton (1B) and Elizabeth Larrew of Columbia Hunters (1B).
Six others were on second teams: Austin Rehkow of Central Valley (4A), Dylan Hartz of Lind-Ritzville/ Sprague (2B), AJ Kieffer of Wellpinit (1B), Otiona Gildon of Gonzaga Prep (4A), Chantel Heath of Reardan (2B) and Karlee Martin of Almira/ Coulee-Hartline (1B).