The New England Patriots haven't had the best of off-seasons, to say the very least.
The DeflateGate scandal has completely overshadowed the team in the wake of their SuperBowl success, with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handing down a punishment that included a $1million fine, the removal of a first round draft pick and a four-game suspension for Tom Brady.
The whole situation with Brady's ban has yet to be fully resolved, but it left the Patriots with young Jimmy Garoppolo and veteran backup Matt Flynn fighting it out to step in for Brady at the start of the season.
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That list of potential Brady replacements just got cut in half however, with the news that Bill Belichick and the Patriots have today taken the decision to cut Flynn from their roster.
Dianne Marie Russini of ESPN was the first reporter to break the news that the former Green Bay Packers man was looking for another team.
Flynn had spent four seasons in Green Bay as Aaron Rodgers’ backup with the Pacers and made actually his first NFL start against the Patriots in 2010.
The 30-year-old then bounced between between the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders and at the Packers again, before being picked up by New England earlier this summer.
The Packers selected Flynn with their seventh round pick out of Louisiana State, where he starred for the Tigers. Flynn won the BCS National Championship in 2008 with LSU, completing 19 of 27 passes with 4 touchdowns as he was named MVP in the 38-24 over Ohio State.
Rumors are circulating that the Patriots are looking to replace Flynn with former Arizona Cardinal Ryan Lindley, who struggled last season after coming in for an injured Carson Palmer.