Reports: Patriots sign quarterback Matt Flynn, waive Garrett Gilbert

BY foxsports • June 11, 2015

By Doug Kyed

Just hours after Garrett Gilbert saw increased reps during New England Patriots organized team activities, the third-string quarterback reportedly was released.

The Patriots are cutting Gilbert, The Boston Globe’s Shalise Manza Young reported Thursday. The Patriots have agreed to terms with veteran free agent QB Matt Flynn, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported. Flynn reportedly worked out with the Patriots on Wednesday.

Flynn will take over for Gilbert as the Patriots’ new third-stringer. The Patriots needed a veteran presence at the position with Tom Brady’s four-game suspension looming. Second-year pro Jimmy Garoppolo still is expected to be the starter to begin the 2015 season if Brady’s suspension holds. Brady will go in front of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on June 23 to appeal his suspension.

Flynn played with the Green Bay Packers in 2013 and 2014. He also has spent time with the Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills. He was a seventh-round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers out of LSU in 2008.

Gilbert originally was signed by to the Patriots’ practice squad at the end of last season. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.

 

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