Browns Not Pursuing Matt Flynn?
It was widely expected that the Cleveland Browns were going to at least attempt to go after–if not sign–quarterback Matt Flynn in free agency.
Apparently the Browns are not even attempting.
Per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the team has “not pursued” Flynn, and “are not set to make him a contract offer” citing a league source telling the paper.
This disputes a report out of Miami from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, saying that the Browns and Dolphins had made contract offers to Flynn.
Cabot also reports that the Browns are not going to comment about free agents unless they are signed. She also quotes Browns general manager as saying that the team wasn’t “going to go crazy in free agency” and that they are unlikely to bring in a quarterback from free agency.
It appears now that the Browns may be content with current starter Colt McCoy after all. However, if they are not, by backing away from Flynn, April’s draft will be the only other option. By failing to secure the spot at No. 2 to get Robert Griffin III, and depending on what happens with Flynn and Peyton Manning, are the Browns going to want to draft Ryan Tannehill at No. 4 or will he even still be available at No. 22?
Unless the Browns are absolutely, one hundred percent, dead set on McCoy as their franchise quarterback–which they haven’t exactly (publicly) said yet–then they need to make a move for one. Otherwise, McCoy will be their man, whether they like it or not.