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Patriots Sign Quarterback Matt Flynn, Waive Garrett Gilbert

The Patriots have added another quarterback to the roster.

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The New England Patriot have added another quarterback to their depth chart with the addition of former Packers, Seahawks, Raiders, and Bills quarterback Matt Flynn. Flynn joins Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo, as the Patriots have also waived quarterback Garrett Gilbert from the roster.

ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini originally reported the transaction. Russini notes that her source states the addition of Flynn "has nothing to do with the Brady situation," with regards to DeflateGate and Brady's scheduled suspension.

Flynn has had some extremely productive games with the Packers, including a franchise record 6 touchdown passes against the Lions in 2012, and a near victory over the Patriots in 2010. He has a fairly limited skill set and lost his starting job to rookie Russell Wilson with the Seahawks and rookie Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor with the Raiders.

Flynn's first start was the near victory against the Patriots in 2010, where he went 24/37 for 251 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception.

It should be noted that Flynn will likely provide depth while Jimmy Garoppolo takes over the starting quarterback role for the start of the season. It should also be noted that Gilbert was asked to participate more heavily in practice on Thursday, as Garoppolo was asked to watch from the sideline, and was subsequently released.