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Friday, October 24, 2014

Matt Flynn released, on waivers if Packers are interested

Matt FlynnThe severity of Aaron Rodgers’ left shoulder/collarbone injury is not yet known, but it’s important to note that Matt Flynn was released on Monday and will be available on waivers in case the Green Bay Packers would like to try claiming him.

Flynn was released by the Buffalo Bills three weeks after they signed him. The Bills were dealing with injuries to E.J. Manuel and Thad Lewis and added Flynn as an extra quarterback. Flynn did not throw a pass for the Bills; Lewis started two of the three games while he was there, while undrafted Jeff Tuel started in Week 9.

Since he was released after the trade deadline passed, Flynn is on waivers. The Packers could place a waiver claim on him or wait to see if he clears waivers and sign him as a free agent.

Flynn would make plenty of sense for the Packers to add if Rodgers is expected to miss time. Flynn was drafted by the team in 2008 and spent four seasons in the organization before being signed as a free agent by the Seattle Seahawks. Flynn infamously threw for 488 yards and six touchdowns in a Week 17 win over the Detroit Lions in the 2011 season. His huge game opened the eyes of many teams who needed a quarterback and led to his big contract with Seattle.

Flynn was released by Seattle after Russell Wilson beat him out for the starting job and proved that he was a franchise quarterback. He signed with the Oakland Raiders before the 2013 season but lost the starting job to Terrelle Pryor. He was released shortly after a poor showing led his demotion to third string. Following his release from the Raiders, the Packers indicated they would not be interested in signing the QB. They may have changed their mind now.



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