As the Cleveland Browns and other teams assess their quarterback situation, they will assess whether tis wiser to go for a veteran free agent like Matt Flynn, or whether tis better to try to acquire a rookie in the draft like Robert Griffin III.
As the the best free agent quarterback, Flynn is in the proverbial catbird seat.
The second overall pick in the draft is slotted in the NFL’s rookie wage scale at a four-year deal worth $21 million.
Flynn would command a deal that would be virtually guaranteed to be more than that figure, both on a per-year and on a total basis. Given the way NFL teams fall all over themselves in free agency to sign guys, Flynn might even double the $21 million figure (though for more years).
Bottom line: Money matters.