Flynn's Fate Awaits Manning's Decision

The latest on quarterback Matt Flynn, plus a bunch of other quick-hitting free agent nuggets, including on another Packers free agent, center Scott Wells, and defensive end-of-interest Kendall Langford.

Agent Pat Dye early in the week characterized the action so far on Green Bay unrestricted free agent quarterback Matt Flynn as "meticulous."

Translation: Everyone has been waiting for the Peyton Manning domino to fall before making a move on the Flynn front. The four-year veteran will start making visits, first to Seattle and Miami, with more possibly following, but a decision on his future is far from imminent, Dye told The Sports Xchange.

"I think everyone thought it would be fast, right out of the box, but everyone, and that includes us, has had to sort a lot of things out," Dye said. "If there's a plus, it's that all the sides have had plenty of time to explore things."

Manning told the Dolphins they were out of the running, according to the NFL Network's Jeff Darlington, and a Dolphins source told the Miami Herald the team did not expect to sign him.

The idea of Flynn signing with the Seahawks before he visits Miami cannot be eliminated as a possibility, the Herald reported, citing "an associate of Flynn."

But a big advantage for the Dolphins is the presence of coach Joe Philbin, who was the offensive coordinator the last four years for the Green Bay Packers, when Flynn was the backup quarterback to Aaron Rodgers there.

The Seahawks have some connection to Flynn as well, though. Seattle general manager John Schneider was in Green Bay's front office when the team drafted Flynn in 2008.

Both teams run the West Coast offense, which the Herald reported, would be appealing to Flynn. Miami would have to get creative and create some cap room as the Dolphins only have $4-5 million available, while the Seahawks have $30 million freed up, according to the Herald.

— Atlanta continue to monitor the free agency interest in Green Bay center Scott Wells, in case longtime snapper Todd McClure departs.

— Although he has played primarily in a 3-4 front, and has just 7.5 sacks in 64 games (54 starts), Miami unrestricted free agent end Kendall Langford is meriting solid interest from some 4-3 teams. Cincinnati, St. Louis and Atlanta are among them. The Packers have shown interest in Langford to join Ryan Pickett and B.J. Raji as the starting linemen in their 3-4 scheme.

— The Packers aren't alone: Even with a perceived frenzy of the opening days of free agency, nearly half the league's teams, 14, had yet to sign an unrestricted player from another team as of Thursday night. Six of the 14 (the Packers not among them) had signed "street" free agents in the past week.

— As of Friday morning, 16 former first-round draft choices had been released over the past two weeks.

— Two thumbs-up to Miami general manager Jeff Ireland and new Chicago counterpart Phil Emery: The former for apprising the Bears of Brandon Marshall's latest alleged run-in before dumping the potentially damaged goods on Chicago for a pair of third-round picks. The latter for quickly acknowledging to the Chicago-area media that the league has already called about the incident involving the talented but troubled wide receiver.

— Things could change, and teams interested in signing restricted free agents to offer sheets typically delay until just before the deadline (April 20 this year), but there doesn't appear yet to be any club all that hot to try to pry away Pittsburgh wide receiver Mike Wallace.

— It shouldn't have been a shocker that Dallas signed Kyle Orton to serve as Tony Romo's backup. After all, Jon Kitna is retiring, and Cowboys coaches aren't sold on Stephen McGee as the No. 2 guy. But remember, too, that the Cowboys made a waiver claim on Orton last year when he was released, but lost out to Kansas City as a result of the two teams' records.

— There continue to be rumblings that the Vikings, with the third overall choice in the first round, are serious about LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. Minnesota, where the assumption has been that the Vikings will snatch USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil with their first choice, used eight different starters, and seven different starting combinations, at cornerback in 2011. The team has five cornerbacks on its roster and, after the aging and increasingly brittle Antoine Winfield (158 starts), only Allen Asher (21) has more than eight regular-season starts.

— One player who hasn't been getting a lot of public attention, and hasn't made any visits, but is getting solid buzz among personnel men in the league is Denver defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley.

— There have been a lot of comparisons made between free agent Michael Tolbert and former San Diego running back Michael Turner, who has flourished as an Atlanta starter. Although Tolbert has logged more carries in his four seasons with the Chargers than Turner did (341-228) and has a better single season yardage total (735-502), he is similarly built. But personnel people around the league, even those who like Tolbert a lot, note he doesn't have the kind of long speed Turner possessed when he was younger.

— There is some concern in Houston, and rightly so, about the possible dismantling of an offensive line that some felt was the NFL's top unit in 2011. The Texans released right tackle Eric Winston last week because of a failed physical. Center Chris Myers and right guard Mike Brisiel have drawn interest as free agents.

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Len Pasquarelli is a Senior NFL Writer for The Sports Xchange. He has covered the NFL for 33 years and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee. His NFL coverage earned recognition as the winner of the McCann Award for distinguished reporting in 2008.

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