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Flynn to play for Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. — Quarterback Matt Flynn agreed to sign with the Seahawks on Sunday.

A Packers backup for all four of his NFL seasons, he will make $26 million ($10 million guaranteed) over three years, and the NFL Network reported.

Flynn has started only two games during his career. In his second, the 2011 regular-season finale for resting star Aaron Rodgers, he threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in a victory over the Lions. Overall, he has attempted 132 passes.

Seattle also has Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback. Last offseason, he signed a two-year, $8 million deal. He started 14 games last season, throwing for 3,091 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

"We are really excited to bring Matt in here to compete with Tarvaris," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.

The Seahawks hope Flynn follows the path of Matt Hasselbeck. He was a longtime backup quarterback for Green Bay, getting few chances behind star Brett Favre. Before 2001, Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren, the former Packers coach, traded for him. Hasselbeck played a decade for Seattle and led it to its only Super Bowl appearance.

Seattle's current general manager, John Schneider, previously worked in Green Bay's front office.

Smith visits Dolphins

MIAMI — Quarterback Alex Smith, a free agent who helped lead the 49ers to last season's NFC title game, met with the Dolphins for about 51/2 hours.

The 49ers have been working to re-sign Smith, the No. 1 pick in 2005 who enjoyed his best season in 2011. But they also are a finalist, with the Titans and Broncos, to sign Peyton Manning.

The Dolphins previously tried to sign Manning, and Flynn visited them Saturday.

"This is the NFL. I guess nothing surprises me anymore," Smith said. "I never thought a year ago Manning would be a free agent either."

Dolphins officials were not available for comment.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press and NFL Network reported David Garrard will visit the Dolphins today. The Jaguars starting quarterback from 2005-10 was released five days before the season opener then had back surgery in October.

The Florida Times-Union reported Garrard will visit the Rams this week.

Bengals: Safety Reggie Nelson re-signed, reported. Terms were not disclosed. The former Gator started every game last season and had four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and two sacks.

Cardinals: Right guard Rex Hadnot, who started every game last season, was released.

49ers: Receiver Mario Manningham agreed to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed. Last season for the Giants, he had 39 catches for 523 yards and four touchdowns. Then in the playoffs, he had 13 catches, including a 38-yarder on the winning Super Bowl drive, for 189 yards and three touchdowns.

Patriots: reported receiver Brandon Lloyd's contract, agreed to late Saturday, is for three years and $12 million.

Steelers: Nose tackle Casey Hampton signed a restructured deal that reduces his salary from $4.89 million to $2.8 million and saves $3.09 million against the salary cap.

Flynn to play for Seahawks 03/18/12 [Last modified: Sunday, March 18, 2012 8:48pm]
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