NFL Free Agency Rumors: Tracking the Latest Buzz on QB Matt Flynn

Cian Fahey@CianafFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 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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The Green Bay Packers could have franchise tagged Matt Flynn ahead of this year's free agency period because of the hype and supposed interest around him. Since Peyton Manning was released however, Flynn has become somewhat of an afterthought for some teams.

Fortunately for the Packers, they didn't designate Flynn with their franchise tag because teams weren't desperate to sign him once free agency began as many expected they would be.

After a quiet first few hours, it emerged last night that Flynn is indeed in negotiations with the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns. Flynn makes a lot of sense for both franchises, as neither has a quarterback on the roster with which they are completely sold on.

The Browns are interested in bringing in a quarterback to replace Colt McCoy as the starter, and Flynn would be a sensible option. Cleveland isn’t in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes and was beaten out by the Redskins in the Robert Griffin III derby. If the Browns don’t land Flynn, that’s another step toward another season of McCoy as the starter.

That very same report from Pro Football Talk indicates that if Flynn wants to be guaranteed of a starting job, the Cleveland Browns may be the only team left willing to make him that promise.

A report this morning from somewhat backs up that claim and reports that the team did indeed try to trade for Robert Griffin III prior to the Redskins landing him last week. That report believes that Flynn is now the Browns' main priority.

Now Flynn is reportedly front and center. During an informal chat last week, Heckert said it is doubtful the Browns would sign a big-name free agent quarterback, but that was before they lost out on Griffin.

As a career backup, money is likely to be important to Flynn no matter where he goes. Despite the fact that the Browns can offer him more money, believes that the Dolphins should be considered the front runners in the race to sign him.

The Dolphins would have to be considered the front-runners to snag Flynn if they do not convince Manning to play in Miami because Dolphins first-year head coach Joe Philbin was the Packers’ offensive coordinator. Money, though, could persuade Flynn to continue his career in another cold-weather city, and the Browns have more money to spend.

This looks all set to be one of those deals that must wait for Manning to sign with a team before it can actually happen.

To make matters even more complicated, or less depending on which report proves to be true, there is also a report that the Browns have had no contact with Flynn and those reporting otherwise are wrong.

"@MaryKayCabot BREAKING:  have not pursued GB QB Matt Flynn and reports that they're set to make offer untrue, league source tells PD."

What is it with these ex-Packers quarterbacks and their dramatic departures, eh?