QB Matt Flynn to visit Miami Dolphins

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Matt Flynn

MIAMI (AP) — Spurned by Peyton Manning, the Miami Dolphins turned Friday to their backup plan — backup quarterback Matt Flynn.

Manning telephoned the Dolphins on Thursday to advise them he would sign elsewhere, and the team began courting free-agent Flynn, two people familiar with the negotiations said.

Both people confirmed the developments to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins haven’t commented publicly on their free-agent shopping.

Flynn, a backup last season with Green Bay, was scheduled to visit Miami by the weekend after concluding a visit with the Seattle Seahawks.

Free-agent Mark Anderson, who had 10 sacks last year as a pass-rush specialist for the New England Patriots, visited the Dolphins on Friday. They re-signed backup tight end Jeron Mastrud.