Matt Flynn Rumors: Miami Dolphins Should Gamble on Free-Agent Quarterback

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 01: Matt Flynn #10 of the Green Bay Packers smiles as time runs out of a game 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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The Miami Dolphins have been in the running to land Peyton Manning even before he officially became a free agent.

However, they should abort that pursuit in favor of Matt Flynn.

It's pretty obvious that the Dolphins are in need of a quarterback. Chad Henne and Matt Moore have proven that they can't get the job done if Miami wants to be seen as a contender.

That led to the team being thrown into the hat in regards to Manning.

At this point, there really aren't any superlatives left to describe Manning's career. But at this point, there are some serious question marks.

You have to wonder how much he is going to recover from his neck surgery. Granted Manning is probably incredibly motivated to show Colts management they made a mistake.

Manning may have taken the decision out of the Dolphins' hands altogether as he has apparently narrowed his prospective destinations to Denver and Arizona.

This would be the benefit of Miami anyway because it would increase any likelihood the team pursues Matt Flynn.

It's not as if Flynn has had a decorated career up to this point. He's backed up Aaron Rodgers ever since being drafted in 2008.

In his four-year career, he has gone 82-132 for 1,015 yards, nine TDs and five INTs.

Flynn made the most of his lone start last season against the Detroit Lions. He went 31-44 for 480 yards and six TDs.

That gave a minor glimpse of what could come in the future. He won't produce like that every game, but he managed to show that he has the tools.

His career path could be much the same as Matt Schaub.

Schaub backed up Michael Vick for the Falcons, moved on to the Texans and has become one of the premier QBs in the league.

This is why Miami should take this kind of risk. Schaub was about the exact same age as Flynn when he moved on.

The Dolphins will be kicking themselves in the same way they are by choosing not to sign Drew Brees before he went to New Orleans.

Although many teams are targeting Flynn, his price tag is probably not going to be incredibly high. Since he is a quarterback, he'll be expensive, but probably nowhere near what Manning would ask for.

Matt Flynn may not become the best quarterback in the NFL, nor will ever accomplish what Manning has up to this point, but he will be a productive quarterback in the NFL.