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Packers, QB Matt Flynn Reportedly Agree to Contract

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Packers, QB Matt Flynn Reportedly Agree to Contract

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN:

Flynn was scheduled to be working out for the New York Giants on Tuesday. There's been no word if such a workout ever took place, or whether it motivated the Packers to come to an agreement with Flynn with faced with the prospect of losing him, but the timing of the deal would seem to point in that direction.

Details of the contract have not yet been released.

In re-signing Flynn, the Packers have assured they bring back an experienced option to compete for the backup quarterback job to starter Aaron Rodgers.

Flynn was the fourth starting quarterback the Packers tried at midseason last year after Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone.

Signed at midseason after being released by both the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills, Flynn brought stability to the Packers quarterback situation, leading the team to two come-from-behind victories against the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons and a tie against the Minnesota Vikings.

Flynn eventually gave way to Rodgers, who returned for the regular-season finale and the team's lone playoff game.

During the NFL Combine, head coach Mike McCarthy said he would like to bring four quarterbacks on the roster, and Flynn joins Scott Tolzien among those already under contract.

If the Packers bring in any more competition, it will likely come in the form of a rookie, either a draft choice or college free agent.

Flynn never used injury as an excuse, but rumors and reports cirulated last season that an elbow issue prevented him from displaying the same arms strength he previously demonstrated. Tolzien certainly showed off a better arm, but Flynn showed have more veteran savvy and experience in directing an offense he knew like the back of his hand.

Typically the Packers only keep two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster, so a heated battle could take place during the team's offseason program and last into training camp.

Last season, Flynn completed 62 percent of his passes with an eight-to-five touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Flynn became the eighth player set to become a free agent at the start of the 2014 negotiation period to re-sign with the team, joining Sam Shields, B.J. Raji, Andrew Quarless, Mike Neal, James Starks, John Kuhn and Jamari Lattimore.

Former Packers still on the open market include Jermichael Finley, Ryan Pickett, Johnny Jolly and Rob Francois.

Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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Evan's picture

Good.

Allan Murphy's picture

glad to see him back :)

Ibleedgreenmore's picture

I like the move, at least he can move the ball and win.

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

What is the deal with Johnny Jolly?? Does anybody know? Is he cleared to play? Does GB want him back??
LVT

Mrweit27's picture

Has not been cleared i don't think. I doubt you will see anything before the draft or maybe even into camp on him. I would think the Pack might him back in the middle of the season if they feel that he woudl help or maybe during camp and put him on the PUP list.

4thand1's picture

F-ing Macadoo just cost some cap space.

TommyG's picture

Thank you, Packers! No QB B.S. this off season!

HankScorpio's picture

I'm glad Flynn is re-signed. I hope he is pushed off the final roster by Tolzein and a yet-unknown rookie. But he's a decent enough floor for backup QB.

Clay Zombo's picture

Just read this but did anyone know he posted a 4th qtr Qb rating of 125.5, tops in the league?

I am very glad to have him back, they screwed up last year waiting to sign the guy till it was almost too late. Glad they learned their lesson and secured his services for at least another year.

I actually want to send a big thanks to Ben McAdoo for lighting a fire under TTs ass to get this thing done. Im pretty sure the price didn't go up as a result of the Giants interest but TT was forced pay what Flynn wanted in the first place, obviously what TT was offering him wasn't enough.

Jordan's picture

I'm not sure what lessons they learned.

I only know what lessons I learned.

Lesson 1: the packers didn't beat the 49ers with Rodgers in week 1 of 2013 season

Lesson 2: the packers didn't beat the 49ers at Lambeau wild card game with Rodgers in 2013 season

What lessons do you think they learned?

HankScorpio's picture

"Couldn't" and "didn't" are 2 very different things.

Both games vs the 49ers in 2013 could have gone either way. That they didn't go the Packers way does not mean there is some Grand Canyon sized gap between the two teams.

Jordan's picture

I'll edit my post for you Hank. But you missed the point completely.

WITH RODGERS

How many games in row have the packers lost to 49ers?

4thand1's picture

As usual the QB gets to much credit or to much blame. Are you saying you wouldn't want Rodgers? They say Russell Wilson has won a SB. The Seattle defense won the SB. The 49ers are a better team the last 2 years. Get it TEAM.

HankScorpio's picture

Wait, are you suggesting Rodgers is the problem? If so, yeah, I completely missed that point.

And sort of not worth responding to.

Carry on.

Stroh's picture

Very glad Flynn is in the fold. It was obvious last year that he was still light years ahead of Tolzien, who should get better w/ an offseason, QB school and full training camp. I'll be interested to see what get got for a contract. Whatever it was that sparked the contract getting done it was worth it. I'm thinking that Flynn found out NYG weren't going to pay him much better than the Packers were and just decided it was time. We'll see...

Now a competition for backup is on... I wonder if they might actually consider keeping both Flynn and Tolzien on the roster. I tend to doubt it.

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

I don't see them keeping both. Now that Flynn is in camp, maybe GB will work a trade with Cleveland for Tolzein. They wanted him last year. I don't agree with you that Flynn last year was light years ahead of Tozein. He is older, was more experienced, & felt more comfortable, & had the confidence that comes with being in there before. If Flynn is going to be the back-up, I don't see GB keeping Tolzein. If they cut him, I don't believe he'll be cut very long. I am a fan of Scott Tolzein. I think if given a Fair Chance to win the back-up role, he will win it, but if he doesn't or gets cut, I hope he gets his shot somewhere. Flynn has already had his. LVT

Stroh's picture

Flynn has always had confidence. Even as a rookie he was able to walk into the huddle and take command of it. Tolzien from what I've read isn't good that way. Also the numbers don't lie. Flynn was much better and even when he had a start in Oak last year in a similar situation as Tolzien in GB he put up much better numbers and still posted and 84 passer rating.

I think Tolzien will improve but whether it'll be enough to overtake Flynn is doubtful IMO.

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

I think I saw every game of Tolzeins at WI. He looked like a leader to me. No reason he can't do the same in the NFL. Flynn as a Rookie was in the same spot as he was in last year. He sat on the bench until Braum was pulled for poor play. It's a lot easier for a QB to come into a huddle that way. The same held true for him at Oakland. I like Matt Flynn. Based on last year, he should be the starting back up in the preseason. If he does well, than he's got the job, as far as I am concerned. If he doesn't do well, then we'll see how Scott Tozein comes in off the bench. I haven't heard how much of a signing bonus, or contract Flynn received? That could determine what GB's plans are. I don't see them keeping both QB's. LVT

Jordan's picture

Posted an 84 passer rating? Against who?

Even though Tolzien wasn't exactly a rookie........for all practical purposes he was thrown in to a fire and sure did better than Seneca Wallace. Tolzien has upside even if he is a little Brian Brohmish.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/team/_/stat/total/position/defense

Flynn is a veteran turnover machine. Look at his turnover stats. They're brutal.

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

Jordan, I agree with you. I like Scott Tozein. I hope he does well this preseason. I hope he gets a fair shot at it. I like both QB'S, but I would keep Tolzein over Flynn. He's younger, more moble, has a better arm, & even though he didn't handle the Fire last year, I think he is the Better of the 2, & that's not just my Badger Loyalty. I honestly believe that. LVT

Jordan's picture

LVT,
I'm with ya on that. I keep Packers and Badgers totally separate. I may love a badger player as a college player, but when it comes to Packers and NFL, I show no favoritism....homerism.

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