The Green Bay Packers have reportedly agreed to a deal with former backup quarterback Matt Flynn:
ESPN's Adam Schefter initially reported the news via Twitter on Monday:
Packers are signing QB Matt Flynn.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 12, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 14:
From ESPN's Rob Demovsky:
Matt Flynn's deal with the #Packers was for only this season. Based on annual salary of $715k, he'll make about $294k the rest of the year.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) November 14, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 13
From Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
McCarthy on Flynn/offense: He felt comfortable in the passing game. The run game's changed a lot.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) November 13, 2013
McCarthy on Flynn's arm: Based on the examination, he's fine. He's cleared medically.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) November 13, 2013
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Kevin Seifert of ESPN added some additional details on the reported move:
Flynn's elbow situation is real. Isn't 100 percent from what I've heard. But this is an emergency situation. Need Tolzien backup. #Packers— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) November 12, 2013
According to Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Flynn will not be starting in Week 11:
Matt Flynn signing by #Packers won't affect Scott Tolzien status as starting QB vs. Giants.— Mike Vandermause (@MikeVandermause) November 12, 2013
Despite the Flynn signing, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Packers may not be finished QB shopping:
Even with the Packers signing Matt Flynn, QB John Skelton is still headed to Green Bay for a workout on Tues.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 12, 2013
Injuries to starter Aaron Rodgers and backup Seneca Wallace have left the Packers paper-thin at quarterback. Scott Tolzien, who went undrafted out of Wisconsin in 2011, made his first-career regular-season appearance in the Packers' Week 10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles after Wallace injured his groin.
According to Seifert, head coach Mike McCarthy has named Tolzien the starter heading into Week 11's game against the New York Giants. But like anything in the NFL, that decision could change in an instant.
While signing Flynn doesn't ensure that the Green Bay offense will be in good hands moving forward, it does provide the Packers with depth and another option at the quarterback spot. Plus, Flynn played four seasons in Green Bay and is familiar with the coaching staff, their schemes and some of the personnel.
Keep in mind that the last time Flynn took the field in a Packers uniform he set team records, throwing for 480 yards and six touchdowns in a win over the Detroit Lions two seasons ago.
Will Matt Flynn lead the Packers' offense at some point in 2013?
It remains to be seen whether the Packers have plans to start Flynn in Rodgers' absence or if this signing is merely a precaution. Either way, Packers fans will likely be calling for Flynn if Tolzien struggles against the Giants.
Unlike the new guy, Flynn has history in Green Bay.
The Packers selected Flynn in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL draft. The former LSU signal-caller appeared in 34 regular-season games for Green Bay from 2008 to 2011, earning two starts over that time. Flynn completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,015 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions over four seasons as the Packers' backup quarterback.
After appearing in three different NFL locker rooms over a span of 18 months, Flynn is right back where he began his NFL career.
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