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Bills confirm signing of Matt Flynn, put Jonathan Meeks on IR with designation to return

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills signed quarterback Matt Flynn today, following a morning workout with the team.

The 28-year-old was most recently with the Oakland Raiders. The Bills are his fourth NFL team in six career seasons. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder began his professional career in 2008 as a seventh-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers out of LSU. He has appeared in 39 career games, but made just three career starts.

Flynn was beat out by Russell Wilson for the Seattle Seahawks' starting job in 2012, then lost a competiton to Terrelle Pryor this year during training camp for the Raiders. He made one start in place of the injured Pryor for Oakland in Week Four, going 21 of 32 for 227 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a 24-14 loss to Washington.

Bills quarterback Thad Lewis suffered a sprained foot in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

To this point in his career, Flynn's career highlight came in Week 17 of the 2011 season, when he threw for a franchise-record 480 yards and six touchdowns for Green Bay in a meaningless regular-season finale against Detroit. That performance helped land him a contract with Seattle in the offseason.

The Seahawks traded Flynn to the Raiders in the offseason after going with Wilson to lead their offense.

To make room for Flynn on the roster, the team moved reserve safety Jonathan Meeks to the injured reserve/designated to return list. Meeks suffered a high ankle sprain against the Bengals, according to coach Doug Marrone.


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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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