Concern in Miami that Flynn could sign with Seahawks today

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With the Dolphins out of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, attention in Miami is turning to Matt Flynn, who always seemed like a good fit because he learned coach Joe Philbin’s offense in Green Bay.

But there’s one problem: Flynn is visiting Seattle first, and some folks in Miami are concerned that the Seahawks will make Flynn a great offer that convinces him to sign without even visiting the Dolphins. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports, quoting an unnamed associate of Flynn, that Flynn signing with Seattle before he flies to Miami can’t be ruled out. Dave Hyde of the Sun Sentinel also writes that the big question right now is: whether the Dolphins can keep Flynn from Seattle.

Flynn could sign with the Seahawks as soon as today if Seattle makes him a great offer, and the Seahawks have plenty of money and cap space with which to do that, if they’re so inclined. That would put the Dolphins in the position of not only missing out on their first choice, but also missing out on their fallback option.

It took a few days, but as Manning narrows his options, it appears that interest in Flynn is starting to heat up. That’s not a good sign for the Dolphins.

110 responses to “Concern in Miami that Flynn could sign with Seahawks today

  1. I was never in agreement with chasing Manning. If they wanted Flynn, or thought he’d do well with Philbin, they should have went after him. They badly overplayed their hand. I guess he can get excited about Barkley or Jones next year??

  2. Thats what they get for not going aggressively in the first place and putting all their chips in the Manning pot. Stephen Ross is an idiot. I don’t think Philbin had much of a say. He probably wanted Flynn from the get go but was overruled.

  3. I would love to be a fly on the wall as the Dolphins try to convince Matt Moore that’s he’s the QB they wanted all along, not Peyton Manning or Matt Flynn.

  4. It’s kind of like the reverse of “you gotta dance with the guy that brung you”. They knew him, and they didn’t pursue him. Wouldn’t blame him one bit if he signed with Seattle, even if that means he loses the opportunity to play with a quality receiver like Brandon Mar– oh, wait….

  5. Now this would be just desserts for the Dolphins. Guess it’s time for Marino to come out of retirement. Even at this age he’s better than any of their other options.

  6. Those Seahawks sure love those Green Bay back-up QB’s, don’t they? Hasselbeck didn’t get it done? Well, let’s try Flynn.

  7. If Flynn wants to be successful he’ll sign with Miami. If it’s about money, Seattle. I don’t know if Carroll runs the WCO but I don’t see hawks being relevant with 49 ers emergence.

  8. I’d say that Matt Flynn is in very nice shape. If the Dolphins whiff on Plan A/Manning AND on Plan B/Flynn the Dolphins are going to look bad. Add to that the Sparano/Harbaugh mess last year and you can label this as “Team Dysfunction”.

  9. Just stop it people. Denver has ONE QB right now. If they sign Manning, Tebow will be his backup. Rumor is that Manning wanted the Colts to draft Tebow in the first place.

  10. Making a move for Tebow would make perfect sense because they care less about football and more about celebrities and antics.

  11. Flynn will not blow off Philbin like that… won’t happen….

    Nobody is so stupid that they didn’t realize there was always a high risk the Peyton thing wouldn’t work out…

    Ross tasking the team to sign the best talent that’s available each year is not the problem… Ireland’s inability to do what he’s been tasked to by management is….

    Ireland has been making some doozy errors the last few years….. the only mistake Ross is making is not replacing him….

  12. dolfanatik says: “If Flynn wants to be successful he’ll sign with Miami. If it’s about money, Seattle. I don’t know if Carroll runs the WCO but I don’t see hawks being relevant with 49 ers emergence.”

    Umm…excuse me but I believe you that backwards. The Dolphins have a completely barren offense and are so desperate that they’d likely offer more money than Seattle. The Seahawks have much better weapons for Flynn to come in and work with. Not to mention the Dolphins play in the AFC East and are going nowhere fast. 49ers emergence? They played well on a third place schedule with an overachieving Alex Smith.

  13. Thats what happens when you are holding out on a soon to be 36 year old QB with 4 neck surgeries in 2 years. You miss out. The phins should have been goin after Matt Flynn from Day 1. You dont rebuild around a aging QB comin off 4 neck surgeries. Matt Flynn is a perfect QB to build around.

  14. Word out of Miami after dumping Brandon Marshall was “not to worry…they have a plan”. Well…seems like the plan is starting to come into focus. They are preparing to make a run on the #1 pick of the 2013 NFL Draft ala the ’11 Colts. Well done, Ireland and Ross…well done. Best selling item at Sun Life Stadium this year will be brown paper bags with eye-holes cut in them.

  15. From A Raiders fan, it’s nice to bring up “Animal House” when everyone here is in a panic mode.

  16. This kind of reminds me of the Nnamdi situation last year. You had a bunch of teams going after one guy. Some of them realized they weren’t going to get him, and they backed out early and made other arrangements. Then you had teams like the Cowboys that were so focused on Nnamdi that they didn’t make any other moves (couldn’t because if they got him he would have used up their available cap space), only to be left out in the cold when he signed with the Eagles. By then, all the good CBs were already signed, and the Cowboys went into the season with a shaky secondary.

    In this case, we all knew the Colts were going to draft Luck, and the Redskins traded picks so they can draft RGIII. That left Peyton and Flynn as the two best QBs up for grabs. the addition of Peyton to the FA pool had most of the remaining teams looking for a QB obsessed with pursuing him. the hot young prospect Flynn was left waiting to see what would happen. Eventually, however, Manning had to start narrowing down his choices. As that happened it was only natural that the market for Flynn would start to heat up again. Now, the Dolphins need a little luck to avoid what happened to the Cowboys last offseason…only at a more vital position.

  17. 69finfan says: Mar 16, 2012 12:08 PM

    No worries. Just remember, it wasn’t over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.
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    That’s whats wrong with the Dolphin’s front office, they are more turned around than you. An embarrassing statement to be sure…

  18. first whitehurst, then travaris jackson, now flynn. I guee keep taking a FA qb until one sticks ?

  19. 69finfan says:Mar 16, 2012 12:08 PM

    No worries. Just remember, it wasn’t over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.

    ________________________________

    Dude, really? I hope you were kidding right? Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, not the Germans…

  20. This is like the QB version of Harbaugh and Sparano…too funny. Ross and Ireland should host a special on ESPN hosted by Hank Goldberg titled “The Indecision”.

  21. Manning will sign with the Titans so that he can give his old team a “beat down” twice a year. Regardless, Tebow should ask to be traded to Miami so he can play where needed and fill up the seats for the Dolphins. (He may not be the best QB but it’s a moneygrab for Miami.) As for Denver, they clearly do NOT want Tebow and should sever ties now……

  22. Miami was put in a tough spot. With Manning looming in the background they were forced to wait and gauge his interest. Had that not even been a consideration, Miami would’ve struck a deal with Green Bay to trade for Flynn. Now with Seattle in the picture, they now stand to lose out on Flynn.

  23. Funny, I recall these same scorned articles and posts last season when the fins were not able to sign Kyle Orton…..

    …truth is, we have NO IDEA how Manning or Flynn will play until they buckle their chin straps for their respective teams, and last I checked, Matt More finished the season ranked #12 in the league after a HORRIBLE start. Simple facts girls…simple facts.

  24. stealthhawk says: Mar 16, 2012 12:12 PM

    After trading Brandon Marshall all the Dolphins have to offer an incoming QB is money and warm weather. Basically no weapons on offense.
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    Getting rid of Marshall was addition by subtraction.

    You will see that in Chicago this year. If he isn’t suspended.

  25. Maybe the Dolphins shouldn’t have put all their eggs in the Manning Basket, now they just look stupid floundering around with fear… I’m not saying Flynn won’t eventually sign with the fins, but if he didn’t, Miami would deserve it.

  26. If I was Flynn I would sign with Seattle as well! Compare the offenses for the 2 teams NOW…Miami traded Marshall so who is there number 1 guy? Seattle will have a healthy Sidney Rice and some young guns there as well as a reemerged Lynch…Seattle cant do anything with Jackson, never could, nobody can…not even sure why they signed him in the first place tos tart.

  27. cmon u serious pft? miami was informed yesterday by manning himself they were out of the manning race. if they want flynn more than seattle does they could have and can still get him.

  28. puntonfirstdown says:
    Those Seahawks sure love those Green Bay back-up QB’s, don’t they? Hasselbeck didn’t get it done? Well, let’s try Flynn.
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    How exactly did Hasselbeck not get it done? Was getting them to the Super Bowl not good enough? If I were a Seahawks fan and Flynn is Hasselbeck 2.0, I would be happy to welcome him to Seattle.

  29. dolfanatik says:
    Mar 16, 2012 12:14 PM
    If Flynn wants to be successful he’ll sign with Miami. If it’s about money, Seattle. I don’t know if Carroll runs the WCO but I don’t see hawks being relevant with 49 ers emergence.

    Because Miami has been so successful in the past decade? Because Miami has shown signs if being a solid organization? Get out of here with that crap, clown. The Dolphins are a joke.

  30. 69finfan says:
    Mar 16, 2012 12:08 PM
    No worries. Just remember, it wasn’t over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.

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    I hope your a fifth grader who hasn’t gotten to Pearl Harbor in your history books

  31. #Packers UFA QB Matt Flynn won’t immediately sign with @Seahawks; will leave to take scheduled visit to @MiamiDolphins, per @NFL source.

  32. I remember when Seattle offered more than Miami to aquire Hasselbeck from Green Bay in a trade. That one worked out pretty well for them. I wonder if this one will too. When will Miami learn?

  33. “If Flynn wants to be successful he’ll sign with Miami. If it’s about money, Seattle. I don’t know if Carroll runs the WCO but I don’t see hawks being relevant with 49 ers emergence.”
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    I wasn’t aware that the Patriots had moved out of the AFC East.

  34. Miami also has Mike Sherman on the staff, who coached Ryan Tannehill at Texas A&M. Perhaps that’s the guy they’re waiting for?

    As a Seahawks fan, I’m a bit ambivalent towards Flynn. Interested in his potential, but with a deep QB draft, not too interested in seeing him get a Kolb-sized contract. I am hopeful the team will make a fair offer, not an oversized one. If he signs, he’ll be anointed the starter and will have an opportunity to play his way into an enormous extention in 3-4 years.

  35. “OmarKelly profile

    OmarKelly RT @finsjesse: Report by @jasonjwilde says Flynn will leave Seattle without contract and WILL visit Dolphins. ”

    Bad story

    Please….enough with the guessing

  36. Jeez, Miami seems to be getting hosed. What’s the reason for this? It’s not the weather. Is it the facilities, the coaches, the Patriots? What?

  37. “They badly overplayed their hand”

    How so? They havent overpaid for anybody, and they didnt sign a qb many thought was never going to sign with them anyways. How is that losing out

  38. first it “lets trade with san diego” for whitehurst, then its “lets sign t-jack” now its “lets get flynn” how about investing a draft pick on a qb instead of signing stop gaps but, then again their owner has money to burn!!
    SCOTT MITCHELL, KEVIN KOLB, NOW ITS MATT FLYNN

  39. Just game playing by the Fins now that Manning is out of it. Best fit for Flynn is MIA with Philbin. MIA just getting what goes around comes around treatment from Flynn.

  40. Really Ross. I think you have done a great job recruiting Latin singers and dancers to own the team .. I sure hope that Fergie or Jlo can run the option or thrown across the field. You are a joke of an owner — go buy lemonade stands in Guatemela and get away as fast as you can.
    Did you really think Harbaugh, Fisher or Manning would play for you ? Time to SELL SELL SELL — where is Shula/Marino and the rest of the Big $$$ in Miami — step up !!

  41. This whole post is based on a “unnamed associate” of Flynn? Seems like we’re trying to report what is obvious to everyone and attempting to create sources for it.

    I’ve got one. From an unnamed associate of the Manning family, Peyton agreeing to terms with the Broncos after his workout today can’t be ruled out.

  42. Bottom line is that if Flynn signs with Seattle, it was meant to be and fine by me! The Fins don’ t have that kind of Cap. We cant afford nor should any Team overspend on this Guy. Dont get me wrong, I wanted Flynn all along (Manning was never in the cards in my opinion). We have many needs and need value, roster guys to step up and savvy draft days. Also, for you Tannehill and Blackmon wishers, it is not going to happen! They will go in top 5-6 picks and we would be fools to TradeUp for the price. I just hope we dont “reach” at #8 for a WR or worse a 2nd Round rated QB. We will be OK with M.Moore, not a Franchise QB, but with improved right side protection and an athletic TE and a decent WR, we can be more than competitive.

  43. Dolphins fans should be concerned because Stephen Ross is doing nothing but prove all he can do is alienate potential free agents be they Jim Harbaugh as coach or Peyton Manning as quarterback.

  44. This is where the owners ought to sit back and let the coaches/gm’s get the guys. If owners wanted to sign players why do you have a coach and gm or player personnel guys. Philbin wanted Flynn all along but Dolphin owner has to get his nose in the situation. Just like Titans. The coaches probably are okay with what qb’s they have but the owner says ” I want Peyton no matter what”. Just sit in you private box and let the people you hired to the work of getting a team together. Look at how screwed up Cowboys are with Jerry Jones getting all the say or the Redskins with Snyder.

  45. To finfan69… Could this post be a senior moment? I’m sure that you know who it was that attack Pearl Harbor in 1941, I do wonder about the 19 who gave your post 19 thumbs up, I can only hope this is a learning moment. Bill

  46. With the way Moore played last year, I wouldn’t mind seeing him start again this year. Of course, when you make Reggie Bush your top receiver, it’s probably not going to be a good year.

  47. jbetten330 says:
    Mar 16, 2012 12:24 PM
    69finfan says:Mar 16, 2012 12:08 PM

    No worries. Just remember, it wasn’t over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.

    ________________________________

    Dude, really? I hope you were kidding right? Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, not the Germans…

    Aw Come-on, now. That was a comedy line by John Belushi in the movie Animal House. What planet are you from?

  48. Calm down people. Tannehill on first round or osweiler in second round is the back up plan. This goes for both seattle and miami

  49. jbetten330

    the animal house reference flew over your head. put “germans bomb pearl harbor’ into youtube

  50. It blows my mind to see how judgmental some of these people are while being so uninformed.

    Yes- Philbin coached Flynn, but Shneider (Hawks GM) drafted him.

    Kolb 2.0? Maybe. How about Hasselbeck 2.0? You can crap on Matt all you want b/c we never won a SB, but he got us there and to the playoffs for like 7 straight seasons. Had we had a little more stout of a defense, he’d have a ring.

    Everyone can make their predictions on a QB, but at the end of the day, you have to let them prove themselves. Luck could be Peyton 2.0 or he could be Leaf 2.0…. We don’t know yet. He’s one injury or horrendous girlfriend away from being a bust.

    Finally- anyone saying he’d have a better chance of winning in Miami is an idiot. Not only does your franchise suck. (Your #1 back is Reggie Bush) But you haven’t been close to the playoffs in forever and share a division with the Patriots, Jets and upcoming Bills.

    Seattle fell off for a few years (Thank you Jim Mor’on) but we’ve made a quick turn around and the *possibility* that Matt Flynn could lead this team is HUGE.

    Go Hawks.

  51. 69finfan says:
    Mar 16, 2012 12:08 PM

    No worries. Just remember, it wasn’t over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.

    =================================

    Hey Genius — the Germans never bombed Pearl Harbor.

  52. Yea this seems about right for the Dolphins. This is what happens when the front office is a made up of a bunch of clowns! How do they let Flynn go to Seattle first? Didn’t they see the writing on the wall that Manning had no interest in Miami? They’re the laughing stock of the NFL for good reason.

  53. I know a lot of people think Miami is slipping in free agency and Philbin is timid but remember he comes from Green Bay, they do things the right way there….through the draft not through free agency. We may hear very little from the Fins similar to Green Bay but thats the way Philbin was taught. Maybe its just me but I’ll give it a shot….I gave Parcells a shot with moving all his Cowboy rejects (even Sporano) down to S Beach. And with the 8th pick in the draft the Fins select……..Ryan Tannehill out of Texas A&M

  54. It also would not be smart on Flynn’s part to know another team needs his services and don’t at least listen to hear what they have to say. He would be screwing himself and also show his lack of decision making because he would not have all the information.

  55. This screwball owner in Miami is trying to get in with Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder.

    Look, Flynn knows the WCO. That’s where he needs to play – for years. Kolb was sent to a team (Cardinals) that run a vertical offense, and he can’t play in it. Flynn has to make sure that where he goes, he STAYS for 3-4 years running the WCO.

    Miami is not a stable situation. If the Dolphins don’t win big in 2 years, you can count on Philbin being dumped for whatever name coach got fired somewhere, and Flynn will find himself out of his element in an offense he cannot run.

    Worse yet, the Seahawks don’t even run the WCO now.

    If his price wasn’t so high, he could have asked the Browns to talk to him, where their entire coaching staff is committed to the WCO, and Holmgren isn’t going anywhere as President.

    I had a lot of hopes for Matt Flynn. But I think there is a very good chance that yes, he does turn into another Kevin Kolb.

  56. how dumb are half of these people who are making comments on the pearl harbor joke? its a line from national lampoons animal house. john belushi says it when he is trying to rally his buddies at the end of the movie. jesus christ there are a lot of morons on this forum

  57. It’s a bad sign when Flynn’s old OC which happens to be the new Head Coach is only expressing interest in him now as a last resort! Seems a little concerning if I we’re a Fins fan. Product of the players in the system or the real thing! I’m not sold!

  58. Haha…everyone is asking “what about TJack and Whitehurst”? LOL…what about them? Both are no more than career backups. You guys are living in a dream world if you think either of them is going to lead the Hawks to the big game. Not saying that Flynn is a guarantee, but he definitely has the higher ceiling and most potential. The Hawks might be a legit contender if they can solidify the QB spot. Maybe Flynn is the answer, or maybe not.

    As for Miami, it would be great if Flynn signed with Seattle w/o even visiting Miami. That is what they get for going all in on Manning and letting Flynn slip through their fingers. Seattle definitely has the better supporting cast, even more so with B Marshall gone. Not to mention, Seattle is in an easierconference. Go to Seattle Flynn

  59. “Dude, really? I hope you were kidding right? Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, not the Germans…”

    It was a joke. John Belushi said it in “Animal House” in 1978. Either that or Sarah Palin said in 2012.

  60. What ever little fan base is left of this joke of a team will be gone if they miss on Flynn, too.

    Never seen a more inept bunch of people run a proud franchise into the ground like they have. Repeatedly…

  61. Those Seahawks sure love those Green Bay back-up QB’s, don’t they? Hasselbeck didn’t get it done? Well, let’s try Flynn.

    Apparently you are 12 and didn’t see most of Hasselbecks career in Seattle. He went to multiple pro-bowls and led the team to a Super Bowl. If that isn’t getting it done then there is no getting it done. He also led the team to the playoffs in most of his seasons in Seattle.

    If Flynn could come close to Hasselbecks accomplishments in Seattle then I’d be very happy if they sign him.

  62. Every time someone posts the “germans bombing pearl harbor” line from Animal House, there are always one or two super serious blowhards who feel the need to point out that it was the japanese who bombed pearl harbor.

    It’s a movie line. A movie line. NO ONE thinks the germans bombed pearl harbor.

    Congrats nygiants2286, jbetten330, and nineroutsider, you are today’s winners.

  63. I’d really like Manning to make up his effing mind already. He’s holding up the entire QB signing process. As long as he hasn’t committed to a team all interested parties are going to hold out hope that “their offer,” will be the dark horse.

    He’s had at least 5 months to think about and plan where he wants to play and he’s still behaving like a window shopper. Ridiculous.

  64. stealthhawk says:
    Mar 16, 2012 12:22 PM
    dolfanatik says: “If Flynn wants to be successful he’ll sign with Miami. If it’s about money, Seattle. I don’t know if Carroll runs the WCO but I don’t see hawks being relevant with 49 ers emergence.”

    Umm…excuse me but I believe you that backwards. The Dolphins have a completely barren offense and are so desperate that they’d likely offer more money than Seattle. The Seahawks have much better weapons for Flynn to come in and work with. Not to mention the Dolphins play in the AFC East and are going nowhere fast. 49ers emergence? They played well on a third place schedule with an overachieving Alex Smith.

    3rd place schedule huh?? we all played the NFC EAST, AFC CENTRAL, & the division so you can put that excuse back in your pocket

  65. If the number of people here who have no awareness of “Animal House” is any indication, the cultural decline of our country is deep and possbily irreversible.

  66. Hey Genius — the Germans never bombed Pearl Harbor.

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    I weep for this nation when more people of this generation know Snooki but a comedy genius such as John Belushi is unknown to them.

  67. I’m a Dolphin fan and I don’t really care if we don’t get Flynn. It’s not like he’s going to lead us to the promise land. He can’t be that much better than Matt Moore. I think Miami would be better off trading back in the first round for an extra 2nd round pick. With that they can draft Michael Floyd or Kendal Wright. We could then pick up Weeden in the 2nd round with that extra pick. Weeds could sit for the first 4 games and then take over if Moore doesn’t win.

  68. I can’t believe all the nitwits on this posting who’ve never seen Animal House. I’m sure if a Jersey Shore quote had been used there would have been none of this confusion.

    On a more serious note what’s all this talk of Brock Lesnar in the second round?

  69. “After trading Brandon Marshall all the Dolphins have to offer an incoming QB is money and warm weather. Basically no weapons on offense.”

    Reggie Bush isn’t an “offensive weapon”

    Wow Seahawk fans are dumb.

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