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Seahawks in no rush to deal Flynn

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INDIANAPOLIS -- After leading the franchise to the postseason and far exceeding expectations as a third-round pick in 2012, there's one thing general manager John Schneider wants starting quarterback Russell Wilson to accomplish this offseason.

"Relaxing," Schneider said. "Getting a break, taking a vacation. He needs to get away a little bit."

Wilson was an instant success for the overachieving Seahawks, who won five straight games to finish the 2012 regular season 11-5, landing in the playoffs and catapulting Wilson to the Pro Bowl. Wilson is committed to working - and working - to keep Seattle on the heels of Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco in the NFC West.

While the Seahawks' contingent is at the 2013 Scouting Combine, Wilson was again putting in a work day at the team facility in Renton, Wash. How long he might share it with backup Matt Flynn is uncertain. Flynn, signed to a three-year, $26 million deal last year as the presumed starter, lost the No. 1 job to Wilson during training camp. Now Flynn is a luxury on the roster as the No. 2 quarterback.

Because the Seahawks are comfortable with their salary cap situation, they aren't pressed to deal Flynn. Schneider said point blank the team "isn't worried" about the cap hit and the current salary cap model includes Flynn's deal. He added that it's common knowledge around the league the Seahawks are willing to listen.

"I think we have a great setup," he said. "I feel very blessed we have two quarterbacks like this, two starting-caliber guys. What happened last year didn't have a reflection on what Matt did, it was more just what Russell did in stepping forward and taking charge.

"We feel really blessed with our situation right now."

The Seahawks face more pressing personnel decisions with linebacker LeRoy Hill and defensive tackle Alan Branch. Branch played well in head coach Pete Carroll's scheme and if a long-term deal can't be reached by March 9, the Seahawks could consider using the franchise tag to retain him.

The first order of business is evaluating the 2013 draft class this weekend at the Scouting Combine to bolster an impressive stable of young talent, perhaps even setting the groundwork to find another draft surprise like Wilson was as a rookie.

"We liked him a lot," said Schneider. "For me to tell you we thought he was going to do what he did in his first year, I'd be lying to you."
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