What everyone assumed is now official: The Green Bay Packers have lost their highly touted backup quarterback.
Matt Flynn has agreed to a contract with the Seattle Seahawks, the team announced Sunday. It’s a three-year, $26 million deal that includes $10 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
It's not the blockbuster deal Flynn wanted, but at 26, the three-year deal sets himself up for something bigger. When the deal expires, he'll be 29 and in the prime of his career.
Assuming Flynn wins the starting job, his new team will host his former team this coming season.
Flynn visited with Seattle last week before traveling to Miami to meet with the Dolphins on Saturday. The Dolphins seemed like the logical destination, though Seahawks general manager John Schneider worked for the Packers from 2002 through 2009 and was appointed director of football operations shortly after the 2008 draft in which Flynn was selected in the seventh round.
Had Flynn signed with Miami, he would have rejoined former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, the Dolphins’ head coach, and been the presumptive starter over Matt Moore. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has been aggressively attempting to add more star power at the quarterback position.
Flynn, 26, has been groomed as Aaron Rodgers’ backup. He has thrown just 132 regular-season passes in four NFL seasons, but became a hot commodity as a pending free agent after setting single-game team records with 480 passing yards and six touchdown passes in a 45-41 victory over Detroit on New Year’s Day with the Packers resting Rodgers.
In Seattle, Flynn is expected to compete with Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job.
One significant drawback in joining the Dolphins could have been the lack of talent at wide receiver, especially after Brandon Marshall was dealt to Chicago last week. The Seahawks lack truly elite wideouts, but do have Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin and a solid group of veteran complements.
The Dolphins were scheduled to visit with 49ers free agent Alex Smith on Sunday. Smith had reportedly been set to meet with the Seahawks as well as he continues to survey his options with San Francisco battling Denver and Tennessee to land Peyton Manning.
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