The Patriots are looking at five weeks and four games without quarterback Tom Brady after he was suspended for his involvement in the DeflateGate scandal. Prior to Thursday, there were two quarterbacks behind Brady: Jimmy Garoppolo and Garrett Gilbert. Garoppolo is expected to start, while Gilbert was waived shortly before the Flynn signing, according to Shalise Young of the Boston Globe.
That said, this has "nothing to do with the Brady situation," according to a follow-up tweet from Russini, and has everything to do with the Patriots wanting a veteran quarterback for camp. That makes sense, but it also stands to reason they wanted someone better than Gilbert as insurance.
Flynn became a free agent when the Green Bay Packers elected to re-sign Scott Tolzien to a one-year, $1.35 million deal to be Aaron Rodgers' primary backup. Flynn has bounced around the league, going from the Packers to the Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders and then back to Green Bay.
For his career, Flynn has completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 2,541 yards with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He seemed to get something of a raw deal with both Seattle and Oakland, being immediately replaced by rookie quarterbacks before ever getting a chance to start.
At this point in his career, Flynn is considered a capable backup and not much else. He was exactly that for the aforementioned Rodgers for multiple seasons, tossing nine touchdowns and five interceptions in limited playing time during that stint of his career.
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