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

Bob FoxContributor IJanuary 26, 2012

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.

Miami Dolphins

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    With the hiring of Joe Philbin as their new head coach, the Miami Dolphins have moved to the front of the line in the pursuit of gaining the services of Matt Flynn.  Philbin knows Flynn very well, having been the offensive coordinator for the Packers during Flynn's entire time in Green Bay.

    There is also talk in Miami about perhaps going after Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts, who looks like he is headed for a messy divorce from the Colts, similar to the Brett Favre situation with the Packers in 2008.

    But Manning still has major heath concerns regarding his neck, and would be a short term fix at best.  Additionally, the offense Philbin runs is not the same offense that Manning ran for over a decade in Indy.  Flynn knows the Philbin offense inside and out. 

    Plus, Flynn has been very productive in it.

    The Dolphins also may try to trade up in the first round to pick Robert Griffin III, assuming the Colts select Andrew Luck with the first overall pick of the draft.

    The Dolphins have the 8th pick of the first round and the 42nd pick of the draft overall, which is the 10th pick of the second round.

    Keep that in mind, especially the second round pick, as the Packers discuss their options regarding Flynn.

Cleveland Browns

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    Ted Thompson has deep connections with Mike Holmgren.  Thompson worked with Holmgren in Green Bay from 1992-1998, when Thompson was in personnel department, while Holmgren was head coach.

    Then after Holmgren left the Packers to be the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.  Thompson reunited with Holmgren from 2000-2004 as the vice president of football operations for the Seahawks.

    Thompson is back again in Green Bay obviously, as he holds the title of executive vice president, general manager and director of football operations for the Packers, a post he has held since 2005.  Meanwhile, Holmgren has been the team president of the Cleveland Browns for over two years. 

    The Browns have three selections among the first 37 picks in the 2012 NFL draft.  The picks will be the 4th, 22nd and 37th.

    The Browns also may try and trade up to select Robert Griffin III in the first round.

Seattle Seahawks

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    John Schneider is now the general manager of the Seattle Seahawks.  Schneider has also worked closely with Ted Thompson over a number of years.

    Schneider first worked with Thompson in Green Bay from 1993-1996, when Schneider worked with Thompson in the personnel department with the Packers.

    Schneider later joined Thompson and Mike Holmgren in Seattle, where he was the director of player personnel for the Seahawks.

    Then, in 2002, he came back to the Packers again to serve as personnel analyst to the general manger until 2007. He was named director of football operations in 2008.

    In 2010, Schneider came back to the Seahawks in his current role.

    The Seahawks have the 12th selection of the first round in the 2012 NFL draft and also the 43rd selection of the draft, which is the 11th selection of the second round.

    The Seahawks are another team that may try to trade up and select Robert Griffin III in the first round.

Washington Redskins

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    You know that the Washington Redskins are going to get a new QB in 2012.  Some how...some way.  A lot of people seem to think that the Redskins will also trade up to draft Robert Griffin III in the first round.

    But think about that scenario for a moment.  Mike Shanahan and his son Kyle ( the offensive coordinator) have gone 11-21 in the last two seasons in Washington.  They are coaching under the nose of owner Dan Snyder, who has gone through seven head coaches in 13 seasons as owner.

    Shanahan will not be given the opportunity or time to develop a young QB like Griffin.  Rather, I would think that the Redskins would be a major player trying to acquire someone like Peyton Manning, or perhaps a young veteran QB who has been productive like Flynn has.

    The Redskins have the 6th and 39th selections of the 2012 NFL draft.