According to a report from ESPN, the Patriots have cut quarterback Matt Flynn.
The 30-year-old Flynn, who spent 5 1/2 of his seven previous NFL seasons with the Packers, was signed in June, apparently to give the team a veteran option if Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension is upheld and second-year backup Jimmy Garoppolo is not ready.
Flynn, drafted by the Packers in the seventh round of the 2008 draft after leading LSU to a BCS national championship, spent his first four seasons with Green Bay. His first start came against the Patriots on Dec. 19, 2010, when he filled in for an ailing Aaron Rodgers and completed 23-of-37 passes with three touchdown passes and nearly pulled off the upset.
Flynn was signed by the Seahawks in 2012 but lost the starting job to Russell Wilson. He had brief stints with the Raiders and Bills in 2013 before returning to the Packers late that season. He spent last year with Green Bay.
In his career, Flynn has passed for 2,541 yards with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
The writing is on the wall baby. No way the Patriots release a guy that would have served as a backup (or could have even beaten out Garoppolo) heading into the season opener without being confident that Brady’s suspension will be overturned. It could be that Flynn isn’t understanding the system but I’m choosing to believe its because of the teams confidence that Brady will be there week 1.