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Browns And Dolphins Negotiating With Flynn

From Omar Kelly:

The Dolphins and Cleveland are negotiating with Packers backup Matt Flynn, and will be exchanging contract offers with his agent soon.

Both Miami and Cleveland were thought to be potential suitors for Flynn's services heading into free agency. Obviously, Miami's new head coach, former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, is familiar with Flynn and will most likely run an offense similar to what Flynn played in in Green Bay.

Meanwhile, Cleveland President Mike Holmgren had inquired with the Packers about the possibility of trading for Flynn when he first came on board with the Browns. When the Packers wouldn't part with their young quarterback, Holmgren brought in his former backup in Seattle Seneca Wallace.

No timetable has been given on when the contract offers will be made and the Dolphins reportedly remain in the running to land quarterback Peyton Manning.

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MarkinMadison's picture

It seems likely that there will be up to three teams bidding for Flynn, with Seattle seeming to be the other possibility. The bottom line here is that this is a game of musical chairs, with quarter-back needy teams all needing to grab a seat or risk getting left out. Miami may be hoping for Manning, but so are the Broncos, Cardinals, etc. The QB situation this year seems to shake down as Luck, RG3, P. Manning, Flynn and Tannehill in pretty much that order. I think a lot of folks will look up in a few weeks and wish that TT had used the tag on Flynn because I think the simple math here dictated that sooner or later at least two teams would want Flynn. True, TT would not have had a handshake deal at the time of the tag, and true, he would have had to clear off some cap space (Clifton and DD gone), but these moves looked doable, to me last week. They may even occur without getting the benefit of tagging and trading Flynn.

pkrNboro's picture

I'm thinking that you need cap space to write the contract, but you also have to have cap space for the dead money after the trade -- I think the team that writes the contract eats signing bonus cash, and some other amount.

The Pack (IMO) don't have near enough cap space to sign squat...

MarkinMadison's picture

In a tag and trade, the Packers would not have to have worried about any "dead money." Or correct me if I'm wrong.

redlights's picture

i believe you're correct

Evan's picture

Rooting for the Browns.

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

Seattle for me.

pkrNboro's picture

I willing to bet that the Dolphins are gonna fuck up and miss out on both Manning and Flynn.

I think that will be funny. There's no way Peyton plays for an idiot that has a Tim-Tebow/other-team's-QB Day.

Poor Philbin: he won't be able to counter the combined effect of Ross and Ireland.

redlights's picture

The Dolphins are brain dead if they don't take Flynn. Manning doesn't put them over the top; improve, yes; AFCCG, no.

Even if Flynn doesn't work out, it gives them just as much time to assemble other talent and depth as Manning; for much less money. I just don't get the teams that go all in for a one or two year window.

nerd's phone's picture

I agree, nab Flynn. Holmgren will shape him into an all pro, but Philbin probably can too.

mark's picture

This is nuts. If Brian Brohm played the way Matt Flynn did vs the Patriots and Lions, teams would be going BATSHIT C-R-A-Z-Y to sign Brohm. Why? Because it's about expectations.

Brohm was the 2nd round glory boy gunslinger everyone thought was a potential stud. So had he played the way Flynn did, everybody would say "See?? He's awesome! Just like everyone said he was!" But Flynn, as a 7th rounder, still hasn't earned that respect, despite his amazing play (two great games vs playoff teams and single game records for most yards + TDs). For whatever misguided reason, people STILL seemingly expect Matt Flynn to play like a 7th rounder. Really? The same 7th rounder who led LSU to a BCS National Championship, beating Ohio State 38-24 while being named offensive MVP of the game, while LSU was ranked an undisputed #1 in the polls.

It makes absolutely no sense.

Matt Flynn is Jeremy Lin. Or maybe Rodney Dangerfield. Whatever the case, some team is going to be very lucky to sign him. I hope it's Cleveland. For some reason, the NFL just feels better when Cleveland is competitive.

Evan's picture

Totally agree. Can't really explain it, but I want Cleveland to be good. Seattle would be a good spot, too. Just not Miami, for reasons I also can't explain.

redlights's picture

I think that Cleveland and GB could make some pretty sweet deals in this year's draft. GB to move up to Cleveland's spot in one or more rounds; Cleveland to just get a boatload of new talent. Win/win if they have the guts for it.

Roy's picture

Packer 2012 draft picks - how many? I count
11 - 7 allocated and 4 compensatory. Are
there any other additions or subtractions?

redlights's picture

They have their normal pick in rounds 1-7; I believe that they have the Jets' pick in round 7 from Caleb Schlauderoff trade.

The compensatory picks for last year's free agents (C.Jenkins; D.Colledge: B. Jackson; J.Spitz; others?) are currently undetermined until early April, I think. I'm going with the idea that we'll get a comp. pick in each of rounds 3,4,5,and 6. Maybe too optimistic; but we'll see.

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