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Ted Thompson tries to quiet Matt Flynn trade speculation

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Matt Flynn’s solid effort against the Patriots late last season has a lot of folks wondering if the Packers backup quarterback could be traded this offseason.  (If trades are allowed.)

Packers G.M. Ted Thompson did his best Friday to slow down that speculation.

“People are trying to get ahead of themselves, saying this is the logical next step.  That’s not necessarily the logical next step.  He’s on our team,” Thompson said.

Thompson is never going to give away too much in a press conference setting.  But he seemed to indicate that the team has no plans to deal Flynn at this stage.   That is different than Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman, who indicated Thursday that trading Kevin Kolb is a possibility.  (Of course, Thompson could just be driving up the price.)

“[Flynn's] future is to be on our team. That’s our plan right now,” Thompson said.

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  1. urfinished says: Feb 25, 2011 11:46 AM

    A lot of teams would be interested…or should be…
    Redskins, Vikings, Raiders, Titans, Seahawks, 49ers, etc.
    Of course all of those teams need to realize they dont have Ted Thompson calling plays, Green Bay’s offensive line, or Green Bay’s receiving targets.

  2. JimmySmith says: Feb 25, 2011 11:50 AM

    The rumor is that TT is considering a trade to the Vikings. The only problem is that the Vikings prefer “washed up” ex Packer Qb’s and Flynn has a future.

  3. purpleguy says: Feb 25, 2011 11:52 AM

    Look, the Pack’s a very good team, and Rodgers is going to be a superstar if he’s not one already, but Flynn just isn’t good enough to justify much trade speculation. Did anyone watch that Lions game?

  4. billinva says: Feb 25, 2011 11:53 AM

    Of course Matt Flynn is available.

    For the right price.

  5. jessieboom says: Feb 25, 2011 11:54 AM

    His stock will probably never be higher, so it would be a good time. Then again, Rodgers has a history of concussions.

  6. fokus0ne says: Feb 25, 2011 11:55 AM

    Does this mean that Matt Flynn is the new Matt Schaub?

  7. row60 says: Feb 25, 2011 11:55 AM

    Flynn had one nice game, but it’s hard to imagine he has much of a future with the Packers given that we’ll want to go somewhere he has a chance to win a starting job when his contract is up. Trade him while he has some value and bring in any number of veterans who could do the job just as well if Rodgers misses a game or two.

  8. fireshawnslocum says: Feb 25, 2011 11:59 AM

    We would be smart to keep him. We have no viable back up to Rodgers besides him. I would assume the Packers would draft a player in the 4 or 5th round to bring in (hopefully better than Brohm). TT is great at drafting guys in the 4-7th round that can produce. I would assume the Pack would keep Flynn for 1 more year till we get a solid option to back up Rodgers.

    The Packers have always had decent backups that move on to be starters for other teams (i.e. Hasselback, Aaron Brooks, Ty Detmer, Mark Brunell, Doug Pederson, Steve Bono) Pack will soon add you to that list Matt Flynn.

  9. dboom says: Feb 25, 2011 11:59 AM

    One game against the worst secondary in football makes you a franchise Quarterback?

  10. hoochbcs says: Feb 25, 2011 12:09 PM

    Remember he only has one year left on his contract. Thompson will trade him hopefully for a 2nd round pick..maybe even more like a 2 and a 4/5.
    This is an easy decision. I don’t think Green Bay wants to re-sign their backup qb to a multiyear deal so why let him walk for nothing next year?

  11. jramsey495 says: Feb 25, 2011 12:11 PM

    It all depends on something none of us know: how much confidence they have that Graham Harrel can be the backup. If they’ve seen enough in him and they get the right offer, they’d trade Flynn.

  12. brutus9448 says: Feb 25, 2011 12:12 PM

    I hope the phins stay away from this guy

  13. gbfanforever says: Feb 25, 2011 12:15 PM

    Keep him. His value to the team is higher than the pick or picks he would fetch. The guy is trained and indoctrinated into the system and proven effective. Rodgers has proven durable and tough but not immune to concussions. If they trade flynn, they have to turn around and use another pick on a qb anyway.

  14. sterilizecromartie says: Feb 25, 2011 12:19 PM

    Didn’t the Chargers get a 3rd round pick from Seattle for Charlie “I’ve never thrown a regular season pass” Whitehurst?

    That being said, Flynn is worth at least a late 2nd round pick given his value right now. GB doesn’t need him. You can’t keep an in-demand quality QB on your roster because Rodgers has a history of concussions. That’s not something you can predict, like shoulder issues or knee issues. Concussions are a fluke thing that can happen to anybody. And Flynn’s value will never be higher given his age and great primetime performance against NE.

  15. breeshasabush says: Feb 25, 2011 12:22 PM

    I just want to go on record and say the Vikings have the worst fans in the world. Dillusional, arrogant, ignorant and just downright awful. That will be all.

  16. packfannchitown says: Feb 25, 2011 12:25 PM

    Sorry Vikings, you’re just going to have to recruit your OWN players for a change…

  17. contra74 says: Feb 25, 2011 12:28 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    Feb 25, 2011 11:50 AM
    The rumor is that TT is considering a trade to the Vikings. The only problem is that the Vikings prefer “washed up” ex Packer Qb’s and Flynn has a future.
    —————
    Biggest Packer bandwagon fan EVER! Packer fans on this site would be respected however this guy brings down that respect.

  18. aaronitout says: Feb 25, 2011 12:32 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Feb 25, 2011 11:52 AM
    Look, the Pack’s a very good team, and Rodgers is going to be a superstar if he’s not one already, but Flynn just isn’t good enough to justify much trade speculation. Did anyone watch that Lions game?

    ————————————————

    Difference is he was thrust into the Lions with very little prep and played terribly. For the Pats game he prepared to start the game for the entire week and played very well.

  19. pervyharvin says: Feb 25, 2011 12:40 PM

    Vikings could give a rat’s ass about Flynn. So he had a decent showing against the Pats. Vikings rookie Webb made his first start in Philly and won it. Webb has got way more athletic talent than Flynn. That being said, Vikings will draft or sign another QB that Webb will compete against.Keep your boy Packers.

  20. pftmz says: Feb 25, 2011 12:45 PM

    Why would you trade away a good backup qb who knows the system. There’s no one to replace him, yet.

    In TT we (I) trust.

  21. gregjennings85 says: Feb 25, 2011 12:45 PM

    I bet he goes to the AFC within a few weeks, for a 3rd or 4th round draft pick.

    Book it.

  22. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Feb 25, 2011 12:56 PM

    ” That’s our plan right now,” Thompson said”

    Seems to mirror a comment I made the other day how there is always a “right now” at the end of whatever a coach/GM says, either said or implied. LOL

  23. pftmz says: Feb 25, 2011 1:01 PM

    Flynn doesn’t stand much chance outside McCarthy’s offense at the moment.

  24. packerrube13 says: Feb 25, 2011 1:18 PM

    @dboom,

    He didn’t play against the Texans. You’re thinking of someone else.

  25. rcunningham says: Feb 25, 2011 1:25 PM

    An article about the Packers backup, and you people STILL can’t seem to avoid talking about the Vikings.

    Jesus people.

  26. minnesconsin says: Feb 25, 2011 1:34 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    Feb 25, 2011 12:40 PM
    Vikings could give a rat’s ass about Flynn. So he had a decent showing against the Pats. Vikings rookie Webb made his first start in Philly and won it. Webb has got way more athletic talent than Flynn. That being said, Vikings will draft or sign another QB that Webb will compete against.Keep your boy Packers.
    ———–

    Wake up Pervy, the NFL doesn’t revolve around your team. You talk as if a trade to MN is the only alternative to him staying w/ Green Bay.

    Although you’d have to admit the irony of it would be something else. What? You don’t remember? MN traded its 5th and 7th for the Packers 5th to move up and get John David Booty in 2008. And the Packers used that that 7th on… you guessed it: Matt Flynn.

    This is what Thompson does. Takes a 5th, turns it into two players, Develops one of them into something the rest of the league covets, ends up turning that players into a 2nd and a 4th.

    You might be high on Joe Webb for the moment, but the people who matter (ie Rick Spielman) don’t agree with you. But Thompson isn’t going to trade Flynn anywhere where it might hurt him. He’d rather leave the Vikes to their obviously deficient devices and let them try to find a QB in the draft. Since that’s worked out so well for them in the past. Daunte and Brad Johnson, what a pedigree that is.

  27. CKL says: Feb 25, 2011 2:07 PM

    Mike McCarthy is excellent w/ QBs. If he doesn’t have Flynn anymore he will develop another guy. Perhaps if they find someone they like in the draft they will deal the kid. I was impressed with him for sure.

  28. tucknrolle says: Feb 25, 2011 2:23 PM

    This isn’t hate, just an observation. Is pervyharvin in the lead for the most thumbs down this year?

    As for Flynn I’m torn on this one. On one hand there are new concussion rules in the NFL, so having a quality backup that knows your system will prove more valuable than ever. On the other, you guys are right this guys stock is high, plus a lot of teams have holes at QB at this point. Either way you slice this one it’s going to work out for the pack.

  29. pervyharvin says: Feb 25, 2011 2:25 PM

    minnesconsin says You might be high on Joe Webb for the moment, but the people who matter (ie Rick Spielman) don’t agree with you.
    ======================================
    Do your home work boy before you lip off on what I want. I see our qb to be big,strong,super fast and ultra competitive. Welcome to MN Jake Locker!

  30. dobolina says: Feb 25, 2011 2:32 PM

    “pervyharvin says: Feb 25, 2011 12:40 PM

    Vikings could give a rat’s ass about Flynn. So he had a decent showing against the Pats. Vikings rookie Webb made his first start in Philly and won it. Webb has got way more athletic talent than Flynn. That being said, Vikings will draft or sign another QB that Webb will compete against.Keep your boy Packers.”

    So is Tavaris Jackson. Look where that got the Vikings.

    What’s between the ears is more important than physical talent.

  31. dobolina says: Feb 25, 2011 2:33 PM

    The Packers shouldn’t accept anything less than a 2nd rounder for Flynn.

    He might not be that valuable to other teams to fetch that high of a pick, but he’s definitely valuable enough to the Packers to value him that high.

  32. emoney826 says: Feb 25, 2011 2:52 PM

    Keep Matt Damon as our backup. He’s okay, but has a weak arm.

  33. minnesconsin says: Feb 25, 2011 3:21 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    Feb 25, 2011 2:25 PM
    minnesconsin says You might be high on Joe Webb for the moment, but the people who matter (ie Rick Spielman) don’t agree with you.
    ======================================
    Do your home work boy before you lip off on what I want. I see our qb to be big,strong,super fast and ultra competitive. Welcome to MN Jake Locker!
    ——–

    Sure, and add “wildly inaccurate” to that list of attributions while you’re at it. if they take Locker at 12, they’d be even dumber than I thought — and that’s saying something.

  34. mataug says: Feb 25, 2011 3:27 PM

    With all due respect to Matt, I think he was playing against a young defense whose potential isn’t clear yet.

  35. claymath52 says: Feb 25, 2011 3:39 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    Feb 25, 2011 12:40 PM
    Vikings could give a rat’s ass about Flynn. So he had a decent showing against the Pats. Vikings rookie Webb made his first start in Philly and won it. Webb has got way more athletic talent than Flynn. That being said, Vikings will draft or sign another QB that Webb will compete against.Keep your boy Packers.

    ____________________________________________________________________

    Oddly, I didn’t see anything in the article about the Vikings? Do you go around to ever story and give the opinions of the Vikings?

  36. acmepacker says: Feb 25, 2011 3:41 PM

    Let’s not forget Flynn has and is being groomed by a very good QB coach plus watching one of the best in the league work, and unlike Favre, Rogers works with his backups. Flynn can quarterback.

  37. gregjennings85 says: Feb 25, 2011 4:01 PM

    Matt Flynn now has:

    A National Championship (earned in taking LSU all the way, after holding a clipboard behind Jamarcus Russell for years).

    A Super Bowl ring (earned holding a clipboard behind Aaron Rodgers).

    Say what you want, but I think some personnel people in the NFL are looking specifically for Matt Flynn types; QBs that know what it takes to win.

  38. phinfan says: Feb 25, 2011 4:06 PM

    I don’t want him, we have our future QB Chad Henne

    (eye roll)

  39. granadafan says: Feb 25, 2011 4:45 PM

    Haha, I remember when the Louisville and LSU homers with more than quite a few Packers fans were saying the Brohm and Flynn would easily surpass Rodgers. Recall also the training camp when Favre was traded and Rodgers was actually booed by the Pack “fans”. Not many of them knew how shabbily Favre treated his backups, especially the one who posed the biggest threat to his tenure.

    How’d that turn out?

  40. JimmySmith says: Feb 25, 2011 7:34 PM

    granadafan says: Not many of them knew how shabbily Favre treated his backups, especially the one who posed the biggest threat to his tenure.

    How’d that turn out?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Quite well. The Packers won a Superbowl with Rodgers earning MVP honors and Favre tried to “stick it to Thompson” (BrINT’s own words) while costing the Vikings a FG attempt from going to the Superbowl. Throw in the lost 2010 season where Favre & company lost both games vs the Packers and the fact that the Vikings still don’t have a Qb and you could say its all a dream come true.

  41. brewdogg says: Feb 26, 2011 3:51 AM

    claymath52 says: Feb 25, 2011 3:39 PM
    Oddly, I didn’t see anything in the article about the Vikings? Do you go around to ever story and give the opinions of the Vikings?

    ————————————————–

    In his defense (and I normally don’t come to his defense…), he wasn’t the first to speak of the Vikings.

    What I find odd is the post that says nothing about Flynn or the Packers, but is just a post to rip Vikings fans, and it has garnered 66 thumbs up. I understand if you are fed up with certain people, but come on….

    As far as Flynn goes…. I expect him to be gone, but definitely not to the Vikings, and probably to the AFC. I’ll guess it happens the night after day one of the draft, when a team with a QB need doesn’t get one.

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