Friday, March 16, 2012
Scratch Kolb, Flynn off Browns' QB list?
By Jamison Hensley
This could be the day when you can officially scratch Kevin Kolb and Matt Flynn off the "potential Browns quarterback" list.
The Arizona Cardinals have to decide by 4 p.m. Friday whether to release Kolb or give him a $7 million roster bonus. The determining factor is Peyton Manning. If the Cardinals feel like they have a strong shot at him -- it doesn't look great from recent reports -- they will cut ties with Kolb. If Arizona thinks it has little chance to lure Manning to the desert, the Cardinals are expected to keep Kolb and pay him the bonus, according to the Arizona Republic.
The Browns presumably would look at Kolb if he became available. He has ties with Browns general manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur from their days with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Of course, Matt Hasselbeck could be available if Manning chooses to go to the Titans. Hasselbeck has a long history with Browns president Mike Holmgren, although his age (he turns 37 in September) is a deterrent. But let's not bring up using personal relationships to help broker a deal to Holmgren. It's a touchy subject right now.
The situation with Flynn might get resolved as early as today but it could take the weekend. You remember Flynn. He's the quarterback that the Browns reportedly exchanged offers with -- or never contacted in free agency -- depending on whom you believe.
It looks like Flynn isn't on the Browns' radar. He is meeting with the Seattle Seahawks today and is visiting the Miami Dolphins next, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Initially, after the season, I thought adding Flynn would have been a good idea because you could address quarterback without having to give up a draft pick (or multiple ones to trade up for Robert Griffin III). But the opinion changed when you saw Flynn was a hyped-up version of Colt McCoy in terms of being a timing passer who doesn't possess elite arm strength.
So, adding Flynn isn't the answer for the Browns. But standing pat with McCoy and Seneca Wallace isn't the perfect solution either.