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A few minutes with new Seahawks QB Matt Flynn

By Brady Henderson

How does a quarterback celebrate after signing a contract that will pay him millions of dollars and give him a chance to realize his dream of becoming an NFL starter?

If you’re Matt Flynn, you go fishing.

That’s what the Seahawks’ new quarterback was doing Monday — using black spinnerbait to lure bass on the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, La.

Matt Flynn has spent four seasons with the Packers. (AP)

So, is he any good?

“I like to think I am,” he said Monday after putting down his pole and picking up a phone to talk with “The Kevin Calabro Show” on 710 ESPN Seattle. “But I don’t think I’m as good as I think I am.”

The Seahawks think Flynn, 26, has the potential to become a pretty good quarterback, too. That’s why they gave him a three-year deal on Sunday that will pay him up to $26 million, including $10 million guaranteed.

That’s the type of money that should paying make greens fees bearable. Flynn said he likes to golf and claims to have a 7 or 8 handicap. The strongest part of his game, he said, is his driving.

Can he hit a 300-yard drive?

“Yeah,” he said, “if the wind’s at my back.”

Flynn drives a pickup truck and owns a pair of English bulldogs, one named Judge and another named Ranger. He was born in Tyler, Texas — which is about 90 miles east of Dallas — and has a slight drawl to prove it.

“I don’t know if I’ll be making the drive (to Seattle),” he said, “but hopefully I can get my pickup up there eventually.”

Flynn’s girlfriend, who also attended Louisiana State, is an actress and was Miss Louisiana in 2009. He got a chuckle when asked if she’s coming with him to Seattle.

“She is. She is coming with me,” he said. “I’m excited about that.”

Don’t expect to find him sipping on a Manny’s or Mac and Jacks or any other micro brew Seattle has to offer.

“I’m pretty simple so I’ll drink a Bud Light here or there,” he said when pressed for his beer of choice, “not too many, but every now and then.”

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