Miami — Former Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn is being courted by the Miami Dolphins.
Flynn visited the Dolphins on Saturday after they were eliminated from consideration by Peyton Manning. Flynn was a backup the past four years for Green Bay, where his offensive coordinator was Joe Philbin, the Dolphins' new head coach.
According to the Sun Sentinel’s Omar Kelly, the Dolphins and Flynn were talking terms on a contract that would pay the 26-year-old quarterback in excess of $6 million per year.
Flynn has only two career NFL starts, but in last year's regular-season finale, he set franchise records with 480 yards passing and six touchdowns to help the Packers beat Detroit 45-41. He visited the Seattle Seahawks earlier this week, but they were merely giving Flynn the opportunity to compete with Tavaris Jackson for the starting job.
The Flynn-to-Miami rumors started the minute the Dolphins hired Philbin as coach. Philbin knows Flynn better than anyone, and signing Flynn would allow the Dolphins to hit the ground running on offense with a quarterback who knows the scheme and perfectly suited to run it.
Meanwhile, Dolphins free agent defensive lineman Kendall Langford agreed to a four-year, $24 million contract with the St. Louis Rams early Saturday. The Packers had shown at least a fleeting interest in Langford to line up at defensive end.
The deal includes $12 million guaranteed, according to ESPN, and the 6-foot-6, 300-pounder should help the Rams bolster one of the league's worst run defenses. St. Louis was 31st in the NFL against the run last season.
Langford, a third-round pick in 2008, has played defensive end and defensive tackle. He's likely to play mostly inside in Gregg Williams' one-gap defense, which stresses penetration into the backfield from all four down linemen.
Langford wasn't in a pass-rushing role with the Dolphins, where his role as a five-technique defensive end was to contain outside run plays.
It's the second blow the Rams struck against the Packers, following their signing of Pro Bowl center Scott Wells.
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