Packers to sign a familiar face in quarterback Matt Flynn
NOV 11, 2013 6:29p ET
Flynn was spotted at Lambeau Field on Monday morning soon after his workout. Coach Mike McCarthy later confirmed that Green Bay was interested in Flynn.
"Well, Matt Flynn is here," McCarthy said before the signing. "Went through his workout this morning. Looks good."
The Packers have not officially announced the deal, so it's unknown what the corresponding roster move is. The most likely scenario is that Green Bay places quarterback Seneca Wallace on injured reserve.
With Aaron Rodgers recovering from a broken collarbone that will keep the former NFL MVP out at least four games, the Packers started Wallace on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Wallace suffered a groin injury on the first drive of the game and did not return. McCarthy said Wallace "wouldn't be able to move out of the pocket" had he been put back on the field.
Flynn's reunion in Green Bay is not to be the starting quarterback, not even while Rodgers is out. That job belongs to Scott Tolzien, the former practice-squad QB who played well in relief of Wallace on Sunday.
"I'll tell you right now, Scott Tolzien will start against the New York Giants, so we'll answer that question right here," McCarthy said in his postgame press conference Sunday.
The addition of Flynn won't change that. Tolzien is still the Packers' starting quarterback, at least for the Giants game, and probably until Rodgers gets back.
This move rejoins Flynn with the team that drafted him in the seventh round in 2008, and he holds multiple franchise records. It was in Week 17 of the 2011 season that the Packers rested Rodgers before the playoffs and gave Flynn his second career start. Flynn used the opportunity to throw for 480 yards and six touchdown passes, breaking the previous franchise marks in both categories.
That game led to Flynn being a popular name in free agency and signing a three-year, $26 million deal (with $10 million guaranteed) with the Seattle Seahawks. But that didn't work out as planned, as rookie Russell Wilson beat out Flynn for the starting role.
Before the 2013 season, the Seahawks traded Flynn to the Oakland Raiders for a fifth-round pick. In training camp, though, Flynn lost the starting quarterback competition to Terrelle Pryor. Flynn started for the Raiders in Week 4 due to Pryor's concussion, but Oakland lost that game. A week after his start, Flynn was released by the Raiders.
Flynn wasn't a free agent for long, signing with the Buffalo Bills on Oak. 14. But that was yet another stop that didn't go well, with the Bills releasing Flynn on Nov. 4.
Now Flynn is back in Green Bay, the one place where he's found success and in McCarthy's west-coast style offense that has proven to be a good fit.
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