Matt Flynn signing with Green Bay Packers

matt-flynnMatt Flynn will sign with the Green Bay Packers, according to reports.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported that Flynn will be signing with the team that drafted him in 2008.

The signing seemed imminent after Aaron Rodgers suffered a shoulder injury the same day Flynn was released by the Buffalo Bills last week. Flynn cleared waivers, making him free to sign with any team. The Packers brought him in for a workout on Monday, a day after backup quarterback Seneca Wallace, who was starting in place of Rodgers, hurt his groin in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Third-string QB Scott Tolzien will likely start for the Packers in Week 11 at the Giants while Flynn learns the offense.

There is no word on the injury status of Wallace, nor is there an official timetable on how long Rodgers might be out. An initial report said the MVP could miss 4-6 weeks.

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.

Matt Flynn in Buffalo to work out for Bills

Matt FlynnMatt Flynn, fresh off of being demoted to third string by the Oakland Raiders and then released by the team, is in Buffalo to work out for the Bills, according to a report. The Bills could use help at quarterback after practice squad-turned-starting QB Thad Lewis got hurt on Sunday.

The Bills’ quarterback situation is shaky as a whole. Rookie starter E.J. Manuel suffered a knee injury in a loss to the Cleveland Browns two weeks ago and is likely out for at least another month. Kevin Kolb is on IR with a concussion. The team didn’t like what they saw from undrafted player Jeff Tuel when he replaced Manuel, so they signed Lewis off the practice squad and started him on Sunday. Lewis kept the Bills close with the Cincinnati Bengals, but he was in a walking boot after the game and is going for X-rays.

If the Bills are bringing in Flynn for a look like Adam Schefter and Mike Rodak report, you know they’re desperate. Then again, we knew they were desperate based on them starting Lewis and playing Tuel.

Flynn was handed the Raiders’ starting job but blew it in the preseason and the team turned to Terrelle Pryor. When Pryor missed a game with a concussion, Flynn was terrible. Even his former team, the Green Bay Packers, passed on him as a free agent, perhaps because he has an elbow issue. That would explain things, because Flynn looked great in limited work for the Packers and has been terrible otherwise.

Matt Flynn likely to start for Oakland Raiders in Week 4

Matt Flynn has been taking all the snaps with the Oakland Raiders’ first-team offense in practice this week, and he will likely start in place of Terrelle Pryor on Sunday at home against the Washington Redskins.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Thursday that Pryor is unlikely to play in the Raiders’ Week 4 contest because of a concussion. Pryor was concussed in the fourth quarter of the Raiders’ blowout loss to the Denver Broncos on Monday night.

We knew things weren’t looking good for Pryor when he tweeted Tuesday morning that he didn’t remember much from the game after being concussed.

Terrelle Pryor Wesley Woodyard

Pryor was hit with a head shot from Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard that occurred in the tackle box. Pryor wanted Woodyard fined for the hit, but Raiders coach Dennis Allen thought it was a legal play. Legal or illegal, it will likely result in Pryor missing at least one game.

Flynn was signed by the Raiders in the offseason but lost the starting quarterback job after playing poorly in the season. Pryor appeared to be a more dynamic playmaker, and the former Ohio State quarterback has proven he gives them a good chance to win games. Flynn’s limited mobility makes him less of a threat than Pryor, but the good news is he’ll be facing a Washington defense that has allowed 32.7 points and 333 passing yards per game, both of which are second-worst in the league.

Matt Flynn reportedly struggling on passes more than 25 yards

Matt-Flynn-RaidersOakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn is the favorite to win the starting quarterback position out of training camp. After proving he was a more than capable backup in Green Bay, Flynn went to Seattle where he was never really given a chance. His opportunity should come this season, but will he be limited to mostly short passes?

On Wednesday, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Flynn is having trouble throwing the ball beyond 25 yards and that the Raiders are adjusting accordingly.

He clarified his comment by saying that the playbook has been noticeably heavy on short passes. Despite the apparent struggles with the deep ball, Tafur said Flynn has the edge over Pryor, who had a rough day on Tuesday.

While it would be unwise to read too much into training camp performances, it is is surprising to hear that a guy who lit up the Detroit Lions for 480 yards and six touchdowns back in 2011 cannot throw the ball down the field. The Raiders need some stability at quarterback. If there is no threat of the deep ball, it could be tough to achieve that.

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Matt Flynn signs contract with Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have a new quarterback, one they’re hoping will be the franchise’s future. Matt Flynn signed a three-year contract with the team Sunday. The deal is for $10 million guaranteed and reportedly worth up to $26 million. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says the contract is really for $19 million.

Flynn signed a few days after taking a visit to Seattle where he made his first stop as a free agent. Miami was thought to be his likely landing spot, but they were busy trying to woo Peyton Manning (who won’t sign with them), and then they brought in Alex Smith and David Garrard for visits. Flynn must have felt that Seattle wanted him more than Miami so he chose them.

The signing also seems to confirm a report from Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports a few days ago who said the Dolphins were lowballing Flynn. Given that Miami’s new head coach is Joe Philbin, Flynn’s former offensive coordinator in Green Bay, it’s pretty obvious he did not think too highly of his former quarterback.

Even if the Dolphins didn’t think too much of Flynn, I do, so I like the move for Seattle. I’ve been saying for years that the Seahawks need a new quarterback, and I’ve been especially vocal saying Tarvaris Jackson is not the answer. The Seahawks have some decent receiving weapons — especially if Sidney Rice is healthy — and they proved last year they have a good running game and defense. They have a much better chance of overtaking the 49ers in the NFC West now that they have Flynn.

Matt Flynn reportedly negotiating with Dolphins, Browns; Seahawks also in mix

Now that the Redskins traded up in the draft to take Robert Griffin III and Peyton Manning has reportedly narrowed down his selections, the Matt Flynn free agent market is becoming clearer.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Flynn is negotiating with the Dolphins and Browns. They say the Seahawks were expected to bid on Flynn but are hosting former Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne. SI’s Don Banks says the Seahawks and Dolphins are Flynn’s market, and that the loser will likely end up drafting former Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

I’ve been wondering all along why the Dolphins are bothering with Peyton Manning instead of focusing on Flynn. I thought Matt played extremely well against the Patriots two seasons ago, and it goes without saying he looked brilliant against the Lions last year. He made short throws, intermediate throws, and long throws against Detroit, and he led several scoring drives. I think he will be a top-15 quarterback next season with the potential to improve over time.

Rather than bidding on a guy with health concerns who may only play 3-4 years, the Dolphins should sign Flynn who will give them a half dozen good years. Plus, he already knows coach Joe Philbin’s offense. What about the fit wouldn’t work?