March 16 (Bloomberg) -- The Miami Dolphins don’t expect to sign free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning and have turned their attention to former Green Bay Packers backup Matt Flynn, the Miami Herald reported today.
The Dolphins, interested in acquiring a quarterback during the National Football League’s free-agency period, are focusing now on the 26-year-old Flynn, the newspaper said citing an identified person close to the team. Manning, a four-time league Most Valuable Player, is expected to sign with the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals or Tennessee Titans, according to ESPN.
Joe Philbin, hired as the Dolphins’ coach in January, spent the last four seasons as Flynn’s offensive coordinator. Flynn, who wasn’t re-signed to back up Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, is visiting the Seattle Seahawks and planning to meet with the Dolphins this weekend, the newspaper said.
Flynn was a seventh-round pick in the 2008 draft and spent four seasons as a backup to Rodgers, a two-time Pro Bowl selection. Flynn has made two NFL starts, including the Packers’ final-week victory over the Detroit Lions last year, when he was 31-for-44 for 480 yards with six touchdown passes and one interception.
Miami has started four quarterbacks in the past two years - - including Chad Henne, who signed this week with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Matt Moore, who is entering the final year of a two-year, $5 million contract. The team has made the playoffs once in the past 10 seasons.
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