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Friday evening update: Flynn visits, Manning indirectly helping Fins; other notes

The Dolphins will host a visit with Green Bay Packers free agent quarterback Matt Flynn on Saturday and are expected to try to sign him before the end of the weekend.

Flynn flew to Miami on Friday after visiting with the Seattle Seahawks over the past two days.

The Dolphins are optimistic about their chances, partly because of Flynn’s limited options (the Seahawks are their only known competition), and partly because of Flynn’s relationship with coach Joe Philbin, who was the Packers’ offensive coordinator during Flynn’s previous four seasons in the league.

But money still must be worked out, and that could be an issue. As of Friday afternoon, the Dolphins had not given indication that they were prepared to offer a huge deal. They instead appear to be hoping to sign Flynn to a more modest contract. That process must play out during negotiations.

The Dolphins’ chances could be helped by Peyton Manning, of all people, in this regard: Because Manning is now considering the 49ers, the Seahawks might wait to see what happens with 49ers free agent quarterback Alex Smith before offering a big contract to Flynn. The 49ers have held off on signing Smith while awaiting a decision from Manning.

“No way Seattle gives its top offer for Flynn with the possibility that Alex Smith could be in play if San Francisco gets Peyton,” NBC’s Peter King said Friday.

Manning, who is also considering Denver and Tennessee, informed the Dolphins on Thursday that he does not intend to sign with them, according to two sources and an NFL.com report. ESPN reported Friday that Ross did not attend Manning’s meeting with Dolphins coaches on Monday night, but flew to Durham, N.C., to meet separately with him.

A representative for a free agent who plays a different position said the Dolphins told him they hoped to resolve the quarterback situation this weekend, then move onto other needs.

Flynn, 26, has started only two games but threw for a combined 731 yards and nine touchdowns in those games.

The Dolphins hope to sign Flynn because they would prefer not to leave quarterback unaddressed until the draft, though they will draft one if necessary.

As King tweeted Friday, “I can’t imagine what Ross says to Jeff Ireland if, on May 1, Ireland says, ‘Our QB’s Matt Moore.’”

 

ANDERSON VISITS

Also Friday, the Dolphins hosted a visit with Patriots free agent defensive end/outside linebacker Mark Anderson, a skilled pass rusher. The Dolphins made clear they want to sign him, and they are a strong contender for him, according to a source. But Anderson, 28, is expected to visit at least one other team before deciding. The Patriots also remain a possibility.

Anderson, 6-4 and 255 pounds, had 10 sacks, 29 tackles and two forced fumbles for the Patriots last season.

A former fifth-round draft choice out of Alabama in 2006, Anderson had 12 sacks as a rookie for the Bears. His sacks dropped to five, one and 3.5 the next three seasons.

Anderson was released by Chicago and signed with Houston in October 2010 and collected four sacks in 11 games for the Texans, before moving to New England last season. Anderson started 14 games for the Bears in 2007 but has started only seven games combined in his five other seasons, including one in 2011.

### Though nothing was announced, the Dolphins finalized a one-year deal with Jamaal Westerman, the former Jets backup who had 3.5 sacks last season. The Dolphins expect him to play defensive end and linebacker when they’re in a 4-3 and outside linebacker when they’re in a 3-4.

 

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