Friday, January 6, 2012
What is Matt Flynn's price tag?
By James Walker
Green Bay Packers backup quarterback and pending free agent Matt Flynn made himself a lot of money in the final week of the regular season. Flynn, starting in place in Aaron Rodgers, beat the Detroit Lions with 480 passing yards and six touchdowns. That caught the attention of a lot of quarterback-needy teams.
Will the Miami Dolphins throw their name in the Flynn sweepstakes?
The Dolphins are searching for a new coach and their long-term solution at quarterback. The coaching search is underway. Jeff Fisher, Dave Toub and interim coach Todd Bowles were already interviewed by Miami. The quarterback search won't be settled for months.
Miami picks No. 8 or No. 9, which is most likely too high to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck or Baylor's Robert Griffin III. Therefore, free agency is probably the easiest way to upgrade the quarterback position.
The biggest question is what is Flynn's price tag? Scouts really like him, but he's still somewhat of an unknown.
Flynn has just two career starts in four years in Green Bay. But he's thrown for 1,015 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions in mostly mop-up duty. His career passer rating is 92.8.
Matt Schaub was given a six-year, $48 million contract by the Houston Texans with very little playing experience in his previous stop with the Atlanta Falcons. That move panned out. The Arizona Cardinals gave Kevin Kolb a five-year, $63 million extension despite limited experience with the Philadelphia Eagles. That move looks like a bust.
Interested teams have to decide whether Flynn is more "Schaub" than "Kolb" before handing out the big money.
Someone will be willing to pay the unrestricted free agent. Will it be the Dolphins?