After spending his first four seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Flynn left for greener pastures only to return last year to help lead the team to the playoffs. His showing late in the season was good enough to earn him another contract with the Packers, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Tuesday:
Matt Flynn has agreed to terms with the #Packers, source says— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 15, 2014
Is this a smart move by the Packers?
While Flynn hasn't experienced a tremendous amount of success over the course of his career, the six-year veteran has shown flashes of greatness during his time with the Packers. In five games with Green Bay back in 2011, he finished 33-of-49 for 518 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions—nearly all of which came in the regular-season finale against the Detroit Lions.
Following an unsuccessful tenure with both the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders and a brief visit with the Buffalo Bills, Flynn returned to Green Bay in 2013 and threw for 1,146 yards with a 61.4 completion percentage, along with seven touchdowns and four interceptions.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy expressed his thoughts about bringing back the six-year veteran, per Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin:
I'd like to have Matt back. I thought Matt was a good addition to our football team. I have great respect and admiration for him, just being around him a lot on a positional basis. Yeah, I'm hoping financially it works out.
Do I like Matt Flynn in the quarterback room? Absolutely. Not only Matt as a player, but there's value he has. He's been there, he's got experience, his relationship with Aaron. He carries a lot of value. That's added value. But also you have to continue to improve. How do you improve? Competition.
The Packers' starting quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, suffered a collarbone injury last season that kept him out of seven games. Scott Grodsky of WIFR points to Rodgers' injury last year as a reason why re-signing Flynn was a smart move for Green Bay:
Re-signing Matt Flynn isn't exactly an earthshaking move, but after what happened last year it was a smart move the #Packers needed to make.— Scott Grodsky (@ScottGrodsky) April 15, 2014
What the 28-year-old offers Green Bay is an experienced backup who knows the system very well. His services have also been coveted throughout the offseason, as the New York Giants reached out to him, per Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
Though the Giants had hopes of bringing Flynn into their system, Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports notes that a visit didn't happen because of the contract talks with the Packers:
Matt Flynn headed back to the Packers, source confirms. That's why his expected workout with the Giants never materialized.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 15, 2014
Rapoport believes the supposed meeting with the Giants might have simply been a tactic by his agents with SportsTrust Advisors:
Andrew Brandt of ESPN and Sports Illustrated pointed out that simply stirring up talks might have given Flynn leverage in the situation:
Matt Flynn returning to @packers. Like deadlines, interest from other teams in previously-dormant market...spurs action.— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) April 15, 2014
Experience in the system and a handful of great games to propel the squad to the playoffs last year earned Flynn another contract with the team that drafted him in the seventh round back in 2009. Packers fans are hoping that the former LSU signal-caller doesn't see the field much, but the team is in good hands if he does have to step in.
It's a smart move for Green Bay and arguably an even smarter one for Flynn. It's evident he is comfortable playing for this organization and head coach Mike McCarthy. As a result, suiting up for the Packers gives him the best chance at success whenever his name is called.
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