Free agent Flynn links up with Jets

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Free agent quarterback Matt Flynn has signed for the New York Jets to add some depth at a problem position for the franchise.

Expected Jets starter Geno Smith was ruled out for six-to-10 weeks after suffering a broken jaw when he was punched by team-mate Ikemefuna Enemkpali, who has since been released.

Flynn was released by the New England Patriots earlier in August, and the Jets have let wide receiver Arthur Williams leave in a corresponding roster move.

Picked in the seventh round of the 2008 draft; Flynn started his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers and played there for four seasons before moving to Seattle.

The 30-year-old has spent most of his career as a back-up, making seven starts in his 53 career appearances. Flynn has completed 61.3 per cent of his pass attempts and thrown 17 touchdowns.

Ryan Fitzpatrick looks like taking over from Smith as starter, at least for the first few games of the season, with the Jets also having rookies Bryce Petty and Jake Heaps on their quarterback depth chart.