21 January 2012

Will Matt Flynn Follow Joe Philbin to the Dolphins?

As soon as it was announced that Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin was hired as the next head coach of the Miami Dolphins, speculation has swirled about whether Matt Flynn, the free agent backup quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, will follow him. Flynn is due to make himself a nice chunk of money as he's 26, so many teams need quarterbacks and the basis of his first-ever NFL start when he set team records for passing yards and touchdown passes in the season finale against the Detroit Lions. So is he bound for Miami Gardens?

Well we know why Flynn has been connected to the Dolphins. Philbin has been the only offensive coordinator Flynn has ever had and he, as well as quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, has played a key role in Flynn's development from seventh-round draft selection to a top target for teams this offseason. And there are rumors that quarterbacks coach Tom Clements will follow Philbin, although he figures to be a top contender for coordinator jobs league-wide, particularly in Green Bay. It would figure to be a seamless move for Flynn.

And while the team is not assuming they will land Flynn, they are the favorite in the clubhouse.
But obviously there are many teams in the mix and that will be willing to break the bank for him. Depending on who drafts Robert Griffin III, I've got Cleveland as of right now, either the Cleveland Browns or the Washington Redskins will be in the mix. Even as Tarvaris Jackson was not awful in Seattle this season, everybody knows he is not a franchise quarterback and they have been rumored as well. Maybe the Jaguars could be a fit to bring him in to push Blaine Gabbert.

And a potential wild card to the Flynn proceedings is if the Packers franchise him, รก la the Patriots and Matt Cassel a few years back. Then the Packers will be in position to get a high draft pick in return for him, which throws in an added wrench for teams looking to sign him as they would also have to give up a pick. But if they see Flynn as a franchise guy, it'd be worth the price.

So while the Dolphins lead the race early, it is still very early and we'll see how the race for Flynn plays out in the coming months.

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