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Will Flynn have to go for an incentives-oriented deal?

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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The early signs suggest Packers backup quarterback  Matt Flynn might have to sign an incentives-heavy contract rather than the kind of big up-front money Arizona paid Kevin Kolb last year. Flynn left his visit to the Seattle Seahawks today without a contract for a visit to the Miami Dolphins, according to ESPNMilwaukee.com. Also, Yahoo.com tweeted that the Dolphins have offered Flynn a "low-ball" contract, though the tweet didn't specify what low ball meant. This raises the possibility that Kolb's poor play with the Arizona Cardinals last season has left teams wary of committing major money to a quarterback who has only has a few NFL starts. Kolb, who had seven NFL starts (two in 2009, five in 2010) with Philadelphia before Arizona traded for him last year, signed a five-year deal with the Cardinals that included $12 million in first-year pay. He's due a $7 million option bonus that the Cardinals apparently are going to pay now they're out of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, plus another $1.5 million in salary and workout bonus. So that means Kolb will make $20.5 million in his first two seasons as part of a five-year deal worth $63 million. Flynn has two NFL starts, and though one of them was a spectacular performance in a win against Detroit in the regular-season finale last season, that's not much for prospective teams to judge him on. At least for now it looks like the Seahawks and Dolphins are talking about less guaranteed money. If that's the case, it's safe to assume they'll include big bonuses for starts and performance so Flynn would make at least Kolb-type money, if not more, if he's the starter. If Flynn is amenable to doing such a deal  quickly, it's because he wants a shot at being a starter and to begin preparing for his team team ASAP. From the outside looking in, Miami could be his preference because he'll be running the same offensive system with new coach Joe Philbin that he ran with the Packers the last four years. If this is what's going on with Flynn's contract, the dynamic always could change after Peyton Manning chooses his new team.  If Manning signs with San Francisco, that could hurt Flynn's leverage, because then 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, who is unsigned, will be available in free agency. If Manning chooses Tennessee or Denver, Flynn's leverage with Seattle and Miami could improve.

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