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Posted: Monday, 14 October 2013 11:10AM

Bills sign QB Flynn



Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550)  -- As 2013 has gone along, the Buffalo Bills have been fairly prepared to deal with adversity at the quarterback position.

Through just six games in the regular season the Bills have dealt with multiple injuries to their top two quarterbacks, EJ Manuel and Kevin Kolb, to which one injury claimed the latter's season. With Manuel still on the mend due to an LCL sprain in his knee, the Bills had to play with Thad Lewis as their starter this past week.

Lewis held his own during his Bills debut, but was seen after the game with a walking boot on his right foot. If Lewis has to miss any amount of time, that leaves the Bills with only Jeff Tuel on their active roster and the recently acquired practice squad quarterback Dennis Dixon.

Due to all the injuries, the Bills conducted a semi-high profile workout at team facilities on Monday. Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn, once a promising backup that some thought had starting potential, attempted to show his skills to the Bills' decision makers to start the week. The Bills scheduled the workout before they learned of Lewis' injury.

The organization liked what they saw and signed him to an undisclosed contract. To make room on the roster, the Bills placed rookie safety Johnathan Meeks on Injured Reserve with the designation to return.

A former seventh round pick, Flynn started his career with the Green Bay Packers as the backup to Aaron Rodgers and spent his first four years in the league there. Showing ideal timing when Rodgers couldn't play in the final contest of the 2011 season, Flynn threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in a 45-41 win over the Detroit Lions in just his second career start.

Three months later, Flynn became an unrestricted free agent and signed a three-year contract with Seattle worth a total of $20.5 million. In his first training camp with the Seahawks, he lost the starting job to rookie Russell Wilson and backed him up for the rest of 2012.

Seattle then chose to trade Flynn to the Oakland Raiders for a pair of draft picks. Oakland sent their 2012 starter, Carson Palmer, to Arizona in a separate trade and Flynn was pegged to start 2013 as the Raiders' top quarterback.

He struggled for much of training camp and into the preseason, and then lost the starting job to the more athletic Terrelle Pryor. Pryor suffered a concussion in Week Three of the season, leading to Flynn starting the team's Week Four contest against Washington. The Raiders failed to score an offensive touchdown in the loss, and the team later announced he had been demoted to third-string duties behind undrafted rookie Matt McGloin. Days later, Flynn was released by the Raiders on October 7.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

All photos courtesy of AP
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