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Report: Dolphins, Browns 'negotiating' with QB Matt Flynn

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
Flynn's reportedly already talking to Miami and Cleveland. (Getty Images)

Matt Flynn's the second domino in the free-agent quarterback market: in theory he can't really fall until Peyton Manning picks his final destination. But that isn't stopping teams from checking on his interest and/or reportedly "negotiating."

According to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, both the Browns and the Dolphins are "negotiating" with Flynn, and will be "exchanging contract numbers with his agent soon."

This comes on the heels of some interesting commentary from Don Banks of Sports Illustrated, who ranked the possible landing spots of Flynn as: Miami, Seattle and Cleveland.

"Seattle and Miami are going to be Matt Flynn's market, and whichever one doesn't get him probably becomes Ryan Tannehill's next team," Banks tweeted Tuesday. "Cleveland will be the No. 3 spot for Flynn, but not sure he would go there unless he gets no decent offers from Miami or Seattle."

So, what we have here is a fun little standoff. Flynn's "last" choice, the Browns, are interested in talking with his agent and swapping numbers. That's great news for Flynn. Not so much for Colt McCoy.

The Seahawks haven't (publicly or not-so-publicly as it were) let anything slip about possibly chasing Flynn. But they could certainly be working on something; there's no reason to discount them just because rumors aren't flying.

And Flynn's (likely) No. 1 team, the Dolphins, is engaged in a dangerous little game of chicken between trying to chase Peyton Manning and also keeping Flynn in it's sights.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald writes that it is a "delicate" balance and that the club is trying to ensure it doesn't insult either Manning or Flynn by chasing too hard in one direction.

Which is precisely why the Dolphins, who employ Flynn's old coach, are engaging in negotiations with Flynn's agent.

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