Miami Dolphins Offseason: No High Draft Pick for Matt Flynn

Robert HoffmanCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 01:  Matt Flynn #10 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on January 1, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 45-41.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Peyton Manning's stock just went up and Matt Flynn's just went down.

Yes, it's true and that's without a single pass being thrown or a new medical update on Manning's surgically repaired neck.


Packers tight end Jermichael Finley signed a two-year contract yesterday to remain in Green Bay. Finley was originally scheduled to receive the franchise tag which now might go to Flynn.

Make no mistake, the Pack has no plans to keep Flynn at a one-year contract of somewhere between $14.3 to $14.9 million. Instead the move would be a precursor to Green Bay trading Flynn to the highest bidder.

At which point, if I am the Miami Dolphins, I say PASS. Dolphin fans, you have been down this road before.

Remember A.J. Feeley? He cost Miami a second-round pick. He produced eight starts, 1,893 passing yards and 11 touchdowns against 15 interceptions.

Remember Daunte Culpepper. He also cost the Dolphins a second-round pick. He produced four starts, 923 passing yards and a whopping two touchdowns against three interceptions.

Oh, the decision to trade for Culpepper was at the cost of not picking up an injured Drew Brees. Suddenly, Manning's regenerative nerve issue isn't sounding so bad.

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 11:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on from the sidelines during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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In addition to dispensing a valuable draft pick, there is also the matter of the contract that Miami will have to give Flynn.

Consider the deal that the Arizona Cardinals gave Kevin Kolb last season after being fleeced by the Philadelphia Eagles to the tune of a second-round pick and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for the quarterback's rights. Kolb signed a contract for five years and $63 million. Flynn figures to receive at least that much coin.

Mind you, my opinion matters little here. Flynn's former offensive coordinator Joe Philbin is now Miami's head coach. If Philbin wants Flynn, he will probably get him, especially if Manning is not an option.

In fact, Flynn might just be a franchise quarterback and critics would argue he is worth any price if that's the case.

That's not the point though. The point is that Flynn is far from a sure thing with two career starts in a very prolific offense.

If the Dolphins, who have other significant holes on their team, are faced with surrendering a high draft pick to Green Bay and a long-term huge contract to Flynn, the best decision to make is simple.