Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Report: Browns in contract talks with Flynn
By Jamison Hensley
The Cleveland Browns are exchanging contract offers with free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn, a source told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
The Miami Dolphins are also in contract talks with Flynn, according to the paper. If this is true -- and I have my doubts -- this move makes little sense to me because Flynn is a similar style quarterback to Colt McCoy. I'm still not sold on the Browns having a strong interest in Flynn, the longtime backup for the Green Bay Packers.
Pursuing Flynn is also a risky move because the Browns will likely have to pay him between $50 million and $60 million on the basis of two starts, albeit two strong starts.
The better move for the Browns is to wait and possibly sign Kevin Kolb or Matt Hasselbeck, two quarterbacks who have a familiarity with Browns officials. Kolb must be released by Friday afternoon in order for the Arizona Cardinals to avoid paying him a $7 million roster bonus. Hasselbeck, 36, who wouldn't be a long-term solution at quarterback, would be available if the Tennessee Titans sign Peyton Manning.
Kolb has ties with general manager Tom Heckert and head coach Pat Shurmur from their days with the Philadelphia Eagles. Hasselbeck played under Holmgren when he was the head coach for the Seattle Seahawks.
With Kolb and Hasselbeck, the Browns could sign them to contracts that wouldn't preclude them from drafting a quarterback of the future next season. At the very least, they would be stop-gaps for Cleveland.