Matt Flynn Rumors: Browns Should Pursue Flynn Instead of Robert Griffin III

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 11:  Matt Flynn #10 of the Green Bay Packers passes against the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field on December 11, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Raiders 46-16.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Instead of sacrificing a boatload of draft picks, including multiple first-round selections, to land Robert Griffin III, the Cleveland Browns should pursue Matt Flynn. It would be a much wiser move for a franchise with other holes to fill before becoming contenders.

Signing Flynn would also eliminate the risk of losing a late bidding war for Griffin, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NBC Sports. Rosenthal lists Cleveland as one of three potential landing spots for Aaron Rodgers' backup with the Green Bay Packers.

This feels like the move Browns President Mike Holmgren wants to make. Flynn fits what Cleveland wants to accomplish offensively. The Browns appear antsy about giving up tons of draft picks for Robert Griffin III.

Waiting for the draft allows for a risk that the Redskins (or a mystery team) outbid Cleveland for RGIII, and the Browns get stuck wasting another year with Colt McCoy.

A debate can be had about McCoy never being given a fair shake with the Browns. His receivers were among the league's worst since he took over, but at the end of the day, he didn't show enough to warrant another full season to prove himself.

So making a move for Flynn or Griffin is certainly a smart plan of attack, but the roadblocks between the Browns and Griffin are a lot more numerous and costly.

First and foremost, the Rams are rightfully demanding a king's ransom for the second overall pick. They don't need a quarterback and plenty of other teams do, so St. Louis' front office is in a position of power as draft day approaches.

That means that the Browns will have to trade multiple picks, which should be used to help expedite the rebuilding process, to move up just two spots.

While Griffin's raw ability is astonishing, it's important to remember he only has one tremendous season of college football under his belt. Andrew Luck had two straight Heisman-level campaigns to earn his top overall distinction.

So, even though the pundits on television are talking about Griffin as a guaranteed franchise savior, the Browns can't get caught up in the hype. There are risks involved with picking him just like any other collegiate star.

Is Flynn without risks? Of course not, but he does have some NFL experience under his belt.

He broke onto the scene with a 480-yard, five-touchdown performance against the Detroit Lions in Week 17. The LSU product has completed 62 percent of his passes and complied at QB rating of 93 in limited action throughout his career.

The best part is that Cleveland wouldn't have to trade anything to get him. Green Bay decided not to franchise tag him, meaning he'll hit the open market. All the Browns have to do is convince him to join the team.

It really comes down to picking a side. Would you rather have Flynn and all of the draft picks, which include two in Round 1 this season, or Griffin minus the picks. I'd rather take the first option.

Some people might still opt for Griffin because of his potential, but if he busts out, the Browns have set themselves back another handful of years at the very least. If Flynn happened to fail, at least the Browns still have all the young talent from the draft to fall back on.

Signing Flynn instead of chasing Griffin might not be a popular decision, but it's the right one.

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