With rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel cleared Monday morning to resume practice, the Buffalo Bills decided that four quarterbacks on the active roster was too many and cut former Oakland Raider quarterback Matt Flynn, according to CBSSports.com.
Flynn signed with Buffalo last month shortly after he was released by the Raiders, but he never appeared in a game for the Bills.
Thad Lewis was named to start in place of Manuel when the rookie from Florida State went down with an injury, but when Lewis was too banged up to go Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, there was at least some speculation that Flynn might get the nod.
Instead, Buffalo went with undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel all the way in the 23-13 loss.
The Raiders acquired Flynn in the offseason from the Seattle Seahawks, where he had signed a huge free agent deal before the 2012 season to come in and be the Seahawks’ starter.
Instead, rookie Russell Wilson beat him out for the job in training camp and Flynn never started a game.
When the Raiders acquired Flynn, it was with the idea he was coming to Oakland to start, but Terrelle Pryor won the job.
Flynn did start one game for the Raiders, a 24-14 loss at home to the Washington Redskins on Sept. 29 when Pryor was out with a concussion. Flynn was 21-for-32 for 227 yards with a touchdown and an interception, but did not impress coach Dennis Allen in the process.
“I don’t think he saw the field very good,” Allen said after the Washington game. “Matt didn’t play well and we have to move on.”
Flynn was a seventh-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2008 and spent four seasons backing up Aaron Rodgers for the Packers. He set a Green Bay single-game record in 2011 when he started a meaningless season finale and threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in a 45-41 win over the Detroit Lions.