Green Bay Packers: What Team Will Matt Flynn Play for in 2012?

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Green Bay Packers:  What Team Will Matt Flynn Play for in 2012?
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Matt Flynn made himself a rich man on January 1st, 2012, when he started the game at QB against the Detroit Lions on the last game of the 2011 regular season.  Flynn started that day because Mike McCarthy wanted to give Aaron Rodgers some time off and to not risk injury heading in the the playoffs.

All Flynn did that day was throw 6 TD passes for 480 yards—both single game records in the storied history of the Packers.

Add to that his performance in his one other start as a Packers QB.  That came in 2010 against the New England Patriots, as Aaron Rodgers was forced to sit out due to a concussion. Flynn went 24-of-37 for 251 yards and three TD passes in that start.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Flynn's 100.2 QB rating in that game was the highest by any NFL QB making his first start against a team that was 10-2 or better since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. 

The Packers basically have three choices regarding Flynn as he awaits the chance to become an unrestricted free agent in March.

Choice number one is to let Flynn walk and test the free agency market and just sign with another team.  The Packers would receive a compensatory pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

Choice number two would be to use the approach that the New England Patriots used when they had QB Matt Cassel.  The Pats ending up franchising Cassel, who, like Flynn, was an unrestricted free agent.  Then, just a few weeks later, the Pats traded Cassel to the Kansas City Chiefs for the 34th selection of the 2009 NFL draft.

Choice number three would be to do a sign-and-trade deal with Flynn, without using the franchise tag.

Choices two and three will allow the Packers to trade Flynn to a team of their liking, which would most likely be an AFC team, although a NFC team is an option as long as it's not a NFC North team.

Choices two and three would also involve the Packers and the Flynn camp to work in unison, getting Flynn traded to a team where he wants to play and also where the interest is mutual.

Let us take a look at the possibilities.

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