Monday, October 7, 2013
Where free agent Flynn might land
By Tom Carpenter
Matt Flynn has had a strange path through the NFL. Somehow he parlayed one record-setting game with the Green Bay Packers into a big payday with the Seattle Seahawks. But he never started for the Seahawks, who traded him to the Oakland Raiders. He then failed to beat out Terrelle Pryor this preseason and failed miserably in his lone start in Pryor's stead. Not surprisingly, the Raiders severed ties with Flynn on Monday by releasing the 28-year-old quarterback.
Quite often, the phrase "career backup" implies that a player is not good enough to be a full-time starter but is capable of filling in adequately for a brief stretch. Since Flynn failed to win either of the starting roles that were his for the taking, and then played poorly in his lone start, it's debatable whether he really has a future as a career backup. Nonetheless, he likely will latch on with some team, and here are three teams that could look to sign him, despite his shortcomings:
- Green Bay Packers: This is the most logical landing spot for Flynn, considering he spent four years with the team and knows their system. It also has been reported that the Packers have been looking to upgrade their backup QB options in case Aaron Rodgers is felled by an injury.
- Buffalo Bills: The Bills missed out on Josh Freeman, who offers more short- and long-term potential than Flynn. With rookie EJ Manuel out for several more games, they are turning to Thad Lewis to start in Week 6. Flynn might not be a future Pro Bowler, but at least he has a lot of experience as a pro, even if most of that experience has been with a clipboard in his hand.
- Miami Dolphins: Head coach Joe Philbin was Flynn's offensive coordinator during his tenure with the Packers. Granted, the team opted against signing him as a free agent prior to 2012, but that may have had more to do with an overly lucrative contract than their opinions of him as a quarterback. Perhaps Philbin will be interested in him on the cheap to help back up Ryan Tannehill.