Report: Jets interested in QB Matt Flynn

Free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn will workout for the Jets on Friday

With starting quarterback Geno Smith out 6-10 weeks with a fractured jaw, the New York Jets continue to kick the tires on veteran free-agent options. According to multiple reports, quarterback Matt Flynn will workout for the team on Friday in front of coaches and general manager Mike Maccagnan.

The news of the workout was first reported by NFL Network.

Flynn, 30, has bounced around the NFL since being selected by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He spent his first four seasons with the club, starting two games in place of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. In those games, Flynn impressed.

Versus the New England Patriots in 2010, Flynn completed 24-of-37 passes and threw for 251 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. In 2011, against the Detroit Lions, Flynn put together the best single game of his career. The LSU product finished 31-off-44, threw for 480 yards, tossed six touchdowns and just one interception.

Following the 2012 season, Flynn’s rookie contract with the Packers expired and he made his way to the Seattle Seahawks. After signing a three-year deal worth $26 million, Flynn was expected to be the team’s starter, but lost out in a training camp positional battle to rookie Russell Wilson. He ended up appearing in just three games that season, completing 5-of-9 passes for 68 yards.

The Seahawks traded Flynn to the Oakland Raiders for two fifth-round picks after the season. As was the case in Seattle, Flynn was expected to be the starter, but again lost out on a training camp quarterback competition, this time to Terrelle Pryor. Six months later, he was released. He signed with the Buffalo Bills a week later, but never appeared in a game and was released on Nov. 4.

After being let go by Buffalo, Flynn made his way back to the Packers after the team lost Rodgers for an extended period of time due to an injury. Flynn started five games, completed 61.4 percent of his passes and threw for 1,146 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Green Bay finished 2-2-1 with Flynn at quarterback.

This offseason, Flynn signed with the New England Patriots, but was waived last week after failing his physical.

Presently, the Jets have a pair of rookies (fourth-round pick Bryce Petty, undrafted Jake Heaps) backing up Ryan Fitzpatrick until Smith returns.

Connor Hughes is the New York Jets beat writer for The Journal Inquirer and Scout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@Connor_J_Hughes), or via email ( connor_j_hughes@yahoo.com).


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