2012 NFL Free Agents: Should Matt Flynn Be on the Cleveland Browns' Radar?

Chris ElliottContributor IIIFebruary 29, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 01:  Matt Flynn #10 of the Green Bay Packerslooks for a receiver as Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions rushes 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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Robert Griffin III is a hot topic right now. Who will give up the necessary draft picks to the St Louis Rams to land that coveted No. 2 draft spot and get a quarterback that some are saying could be a legitimate franchise quarterback?

With two first-round pick to play with, the Cleveland Browns have the capability to move up and nab the Baylor quarterback. The question, however, is not whether they can, but whether they should.

Sure, you are getting a Heisman Trophy winner, an All-American and an AP College Football Player of the Year, but he is unproven in the NFL against tougher, stronger defenses.

If not, Griffin, then who?

Certainly not Colt McCoy, the incumbent quarterback, who, as much as he is a likeable person, just does not have what it takes to lead a young Cleveland team to that next level.

My suggestion is Matt Flynn. Flynn, who is familiar with the West Coast offense, is a solid, young semi-proven quarterback who allows the Cleveland Browns to continue to strengthen their team by keeping and using all of their much-needed draft picks on other problem areas.

Robert Griffin III would be hard to pass up offer, but the safer choice for Cleveland would be to sign the available NFL quarterback who is an upgrade from their current player.

How many times have the media declared an unproven quarterback to be a franchise player that could lead a team to that next level?

How many times have they been wrong?

Robert Griffin III could be all that is advertised. He could become the superstar that changes the sport. That is what the Atlanta Falcons bought into by drafting Michael Vick. As good as an athlete as Vick is, he could only do so much to save a franchise with too many other needs.

Either way, I think that Cleveland's quarterback problems would be over, but I worry about how big the problems besides quarterback would be.