Matt Flynn: What should Packers do with backup QB?

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The legend of Matt Flynn will live forever in Green Bay Packers lore, and that’s saying something considering the players in Green Bay’s storied history.

Flynn dazzled Packer Nation and the NFL back in 2011 when Green Bay decided to rest Aaron Rodgers for the playoffs. The Pack played Detroit in what would ultimately be a meaningless game, but it meant everything for Flynn.

He threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns that afternoon, and led the Packers to a thrilling 45-41 win. That performance alone earned him a contract in Seattle, and he’s been bouncing around the league ever since.

Poetically enough, after stints in Seattle, Oakland and Buffalo; Flynn found himself back in Green Bay helping out the Packers when they needed him the most.

Replacing an injured Rodgers, as well as Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien, Flynn somehow led the Packers to a 2-2-1 record. That included an amazing come from behind victory in Dallas that saw Flynn lead the team back from down 3-26 at the half. The Packers won that game 37-36, and Flynn finished with 299 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.

Such is the legend of Flynn in Green Bay.

With Rodgers back from his injury though, what is the long-term prognosis for inconsistent yet heroic Packers’ quarterback?

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ESPN’s Rob Demovsky took a shot at that question in his mailbag. Do the Packers re-sign Flynn or draft a quarterback?

 

It’s entirely possible they could do both. Flynn’s days of getting a big contract have passed him by, so the Packers could bring him back for another minimum deal and still draft a quarterback in the mid-to-late rounds. They also have Scott Tolzien under contract for next season and want to develop him. It’s possible they could let Flynn walk, but there’s little risk in bringing him back.

If I was in charge of the Packers, I would certainly not let go of Flynn. He knows the system, he’s comfortable in the system; and even though he may not be the best quarterback in the world, he’s a capable backup.

Like Demovsky suggests, sign Flynn to a small deal and then go ahead and draft a quarterback who can develop behind both him and Rodgers.

Topics: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, Matt Flynn, NFL

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  • Vvait Fang

    It really boils down to how the see Tolzein’s future. If they feel he has a good shot at being a serviceable backup, then they should keep him, let Flynn go, and think about drafting another future “work in progress”. There’s enough QB spots likely opening up that someone would probably want Flynn at least as an insurance policy.

    Personally, I like Flynn, and would love to see him stay. But in salary cap era, its just wishful thinking. Unless, nobody picks him up, and then he can be resigned for a bargain price.

    Of course, its not too likely that anyone will be able to match up to Flynn as a backup for the next few years. But don’t forget that we should have 4 or 5 top notch tackles back – Barclay, Baktiari, Bulaga and Sherrod. That’s a lot of protection and depth of protection for A-Rod, making such sacks much less likely.

    So the final equation comes down to cost-benefit balance. As much as we love Flynn, he is likely to be too costly to keep.

  • Rick Giovengo

    Keep Flynn, his record with Green Bay is a good one. Develop Tolzein, he has potential but no experience.

  • Al Couvillion

    Of course the Packers should keep Flynn. With all the criticism heaped on him after the Steelers game, some of it deserved, it should still be remembered that he led the team to a 31 point performance. What if the defense had held the Steelers….Just sayin’. Look, the Pack would not be in the playoffs had he not been with the team. That’s pretty obvious. And you guys might need him again. Keep Flynn as the primary backup. Develop a younger quarterback, whoever that might be.

  • John K

    Packers should sign John Skelton as backup, he almost beat them in 2012 and they have tried him out with Flynn.

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