NFL Rumors: Miami Dolphins Can't Let Matt Flynn Leave Town Without a Contract

Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIMarch 18, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 15:  Matt Flynn #10 of the Green Bay Packers looks on against the Atlanta Falcons during their 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Georgia Dome on January 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Matt Flynn spent Saturday visiting the Miami Dolphins, and the team has to make sure he doesn't leave town without his name on a contract to play quarterback for the team in 2012 and beyond.

According to the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, the Dolphins are the front-runners to sign Flynn for this coming season.

That should come as a surprise to no one, but the harder part is actually getting him to commit to a deal.

According to Yahoo! Sports' Doug Farrar, both the Seahawks and Dolphins are in on the former Green Bay Packers backup, but the Seahawks are not offering him either the starting spot or the kind of money he may be looking for.

Now, it seems that two teams are interested in Flynn, but each one has climbed down from the roof. The Seattle Seahawks, who hosted Flynn on a Thursday/Friday visit, were not prepared to offer him anywhere near the six-year, $65 million deal the Cards gave Kolb, in addition to a second-round pick and cornerback Dominique Rogers-Cromartie. ESPN's John Clayton told Seattle radio on Thursday that the Seahawks are most likely to offer Flynn something the neighborhood of $12-15 million over two years.

With the Seahawks not offering Flynn what he wants, the Dolphins must swoop in on the opportunity while they have him in town to make sure he stays in Miami.

The only problem that stands in their way is offering Flynn something relatively close to what he will want. According to Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole, the Dolphins are currently low-balling the passer, assuming he will be keen on joining his former offensive coordinator Joe Philbin in Miami.


Matt Flynn still wants to sign with the Dolphins, but the team is low-balling the offer, thinking he'll take it just to play for Philbin.

— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) March 16, 2012


One can understand the team's hesitations in offering Flynn a long-term deal, as he has only started two games in his entire career.

The Dolphins options are starting to run thin, and apparently so are Flynn's. Both can benefit mutually from this move, so it would be wise for the two to hammer out a deal before Flynn boards a plane to head elsewhere.

Jeff Chase is a Featured Columnist for the Chicago Cubs and Arizona State football.