To make room for Flynn, the Patriots released another back-up quarterback, Garrett Gilbert, who was a 2014 6th round pick of the Rams.
The Patriots worked Flynn out on Wednesday, and obviously liked what they saw. Flynn was arguably the best passer left on the free agent market. Drafted in the seventh round out of LSU in 2008, Flynn performed admirably during fill-in duty for Aaron Rodgers during multiple stints with the Packers. When given a chance to compete for starting jobs for Oakland, Buffalo, and Seattle, things did not pan out as well. Flynn does not have the strongest arm, but has the pocket mobility, quick release, and accuracy that the Patriots value in their passers.
While the organization will still hold out hope for a reduced or eliminated Brady suspension, they now have a solid back-up option for the inexperienced Jimmy Garroppolo.