Bills sign former Raiders QB Matt Flynn
In their latest attempt to keep their ship afloat, the injury plagued Buffalo Bills have signed QB Matt Flynn, who was recently released by the Oakland Raiders.
Flynn arrived in Buffalo yesterday and spent this morning’s workout in front of general manager Doug Whaley, coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett in the team’s field house.
The team was in need of a quarterback to fill the gaps left by injured QB’s EJ Manuel (knee; 4-6 weeks), Kevin Kolb (Concussion; IR) and now the man they called up from the practice squad to face the Bengals, Thad Lewis (Sprained foot; day-to-day). The workout was already scheduled before yesterday’s game, but now it’s even more necessary that Buffalo make this signing with Lewis’s injury leaving his status for next week uncertain.
Flynn was cut by the Raiders after he failed to win the starting job. Flynn had dropped to third on the Raiders’ depth chart behind their new starter Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin. This was after Oakland gave up two draft picks to acquire Flynn in a trade with Seattle and re-worked his contract so that he was guaranteed just over $6 Million from the team.
Thad Lewis, who started for Buffalo yesterday, was solid despite it being only his second career game. He went 19 of 32 for 216 yards passing and threw two fourth-quarter touchdowns including a 40-yarder to Marquise Goodwin with 1:08 left. He helped the team erase a 14 point fourth quarter deficit, but the team was unable to pull out the win in overtime. He also scored on a three yard touchdown run and lost a fumble. X-Rays on his injured ankle after the game were negative but whether or not he’ll be able to play against Miami next week is uncertain.
Does this mean Matt Flynn will possibly have another chance at starting? What does this signing mean for Thad Lewis? Jeff Tuel? EJ Manuel?