The New England Patriots released No 3 quarterback Garrett Gilbert on Thursday, the same day the NFL outfit finalized the deal with veteran Matt Flynn to fill up the void of the spot, a day after he worked out for the team. The agreement is for one year, according to ESPN. The move to sign the 8-year veteran will surely add experience to the Patriot’s quarterback depth.
Flynn will turn 30 on June 20, and will be in the No 3 spot behind starter Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo, the second-year man. Brady will miss the first four games of the 2015 season due to a suspension as a result of an investigation of the ball-deflation controversy during last season’s AFC Championship game. Brady has appealed against the ban, and shall be heard by commissioner Roger Goodell on June 23.
Flynn had two stints with the Green Bay Packers, also featured for the Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills. The 6-foot-2-inch 225-pound quarterback has 7 career starts, one against the Patriots for the Packers where he was 24 of 37 passes for 251 yard. Flynn spent his first four years with the Packers.
Apart from releasing Gilbert, the Patriots confirmed the release tight end Tim Wright and undrafted rookie receiver Zach D’Orazio.