When Matt Flynn was released by the Green Bay Packers this offseason, he probably never imagined that he'd be in a Patriots uniform before training camp started. Tom Brady and his Deflategate suspension is looming over New England's head and they need to be prepared for a four game suspension. Jimmy Garoppolo is the clear starter, but he'll need a backup, and Flynn might have been the best available choice to back up the talented but raw Garopollo. If Brady does get his suspension completely overturned, Flynn will most likely be cut because the Patriots typically carry two quarterbacks on their roster.
Flynn, a product of LSU, is entering his eighth NFL season. Flynn has appeared in 53 games with four different teams (Green Bay, Seattle, Oakland, and Buffalo) and he's started seven games, four of them coming in 2013 when Aaron Rodgers was injured. Flynn had his first career start against the Patriots in Foxboro during the 2010 season and actually played very well; Flynn went 23-37 for 254 yards and three touchdowns. Ultimately he threw an interception that cost them the game, but he did play well in a place that many quarterbacks struggle. In 2012, Flynn proved once again that he could be effective in the NFL; he threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns (both Packer records) in a 45-41 season-finale win over the Detroit Lions.
Flynn parlayed that historic performance and the knowledge of the Packers system (Darrell Bevell was in Green Bay before Seattle) into a three-year, $20.5 million dollar deal ($9 mil guaranteed) with the Seahawks. Seattle drafted Russell Wilson, he won the job, and Matt Flynn became a journeyman backup quarterback. The NFL can be cruel, but at least Flynn got paid. The Raiders traded for Flynn and thought that he would be their starter, He started one game and the Raiders made the decision to move him to third string; the days of getting starting opportunities are over. His time with Buffalo was short, spending a month in Western New York before heading back to wear it all began, Green Bay. Flynn played decent in relief of Rodgers in 2013, but he didn't play at all in 2014.
Like we discussed, if Tom Brady is suspended for any games, Matt Flynn will be on the 53-man roster, barring injury. If the suspension is lifted by either the league or the courts and Brady doesn't miss a game, Flynn will be cut and most likely signed by a sixth NFL team. Backup quarterbacks are hard to find, and Flynn's knowledge of multiple systems is a plus for teams looking for quarterbacks in an emergency situation. So, for now, Matt Flynn is a Patriot, but there is a good chance he'll have a new home by the end of the 2015 season.
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