Seahawks Sign Flynn; Dolphins Interview 49ers’ Smith

The Seahawks reached agreement Sunday with Matt Flynn, a career backup in Green Bay, on a three-year deal, bringing in one of the most wanted — yet unproven — free agents to try to solidify Seattle’s quarterback position.

The deal left the Dolphins, after being turned down by Peyton Manning and rejected after a brief courtship of Flynn, turning their attention to Alex Smith, the free agent who led the San Francisco 49ers to the playoffs last season. Smith left the Miami complex after a five-and-a-half-hour meeting Sunday.

The visit could affect the Manning sweepstakes because the 49ers are among three finalists for him, with the Denver Broncos and the Tennessee Titans.

The 49ers had been working to re-sign Smith but also went to North Carolina last Tuesday to watch Manning work out at Duke. Smith, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2005, enjoyed his best season in 2011, under the first-year 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.

Smith and Manning have the same agent, Tom Condon.

There is now much less uncertainty in Seattle. Flynn has been a reserve in Green Bay, stuck behind the All-Pro Aaron Rodgers — much the way Matt Hasselbeck was stuck behind Brett Favre before being acquired by Seattle in 2001.

When given an opportunity, Flynn has shined. His best performance was his last, when he threw for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns in a victory over Detroit in Green Bay’s regular-season finale.

That sealed Flynn as one of the top free-agent prospects this off-season. Terms of Flynn’s deal were not released, although the owner Paul Allen took to Twitter to congratulate General Manager John Schneider and Coach Pete Carroll on signing Flynn for three years. reported that Flynn’s deal was worth up to $24 million.

Flynn’s deal answers one of Seattle’s big off-season questions. The Seahawks have focused mostly on bringing back their own free agents, most notably running back Marshawn Lynch and defensive end Red Bryant.

The only quarterback with experience on the Seahawks’ roster is Tarvaris Jackson, who played through a pectoral injury for more than half of last season, winning admiration in the Seahawks’ locker room. But he never took firm hold of the job.

“We are really excited to bring Matt in here to compete with Tarvaris,” Carroll said.

The Dolphins were expected to conduct another quarterback interview Monday, with the veteran David Garrard.

After all of their shopping, it is possible the Dolphins will stick with the incumbent Matt Moore, although there are doubts that he is a franchise quarterback.

MANNINGHAM TO 49ERS The 49ers landed another wide receiver in a headline-making week for the team, agreeing to terms with the free agent Mario Manningham on a two-year contract Saturday night. Randy Moss joined the roster last Monday. The agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed that Manningham, the former Giants wideout, had reached a deal with the 49ers, who lost to the Giants in the N.F.C. title game.

Manningham had five receptions for 73 yards in the Giants’ 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots, including an over-the-shoulder 38-yard catch between two defenders on which he managed to stay inbounds to start the game-winning, 88-yard touchdown drive.

The 25-year-old Manningham had 39 catches for 523 yards and 4 touchdowns total last season in his fourth year with the Giants.

Manningham and Moss will join a receiving corps that includes Michael Crabtree, the 49ers’ 10th overall pick in the 2009 draft.

Dolphins Hire Packers Coordinator Joe Philbin as Head Coach

Although Philbin did not call plays as ’s offensive coordinator — Mike McCarthy does that — he is a deeply respected coach who the Dolphins hope can rebuild a dormant offense. And they are undoubtedly hoping Philbin’s presence will give them an edge in pursuing Aaron Rodgers’s backup, Matt Flynn, when he becomes a highly sought free agent in the spring. The Dolphins have not had a franchise quarterback since Dan Marino retired after the 1999 season, and they have made the playoffs just once since 2002.

Philbin takes over a team that began the season 0-7 before finishing 6-10. Sparano was fired, but Jeff Ireland remained as general manager and his presence may have cost the Dolphins a chance at Fisher. In a thin pool of coaches this year, Fisher — who went to St. Louis — was the big catch, but Philbin led a group of assistants. He also interviewed with Tampa Bay.

Philbin’s son, Michael, drowned a week before the NFC Divisional game, but Philbin returned to the team just two days after his son’s funeral. The Packers lost that game to the Giants, who face the San Francisco 49ers Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.