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Matt Flynn sounds content to stay in Green Bay

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With Kevin Kolb and Kyle Orton getting a lot of attention as possible quarterback trade targets, we haven’t heard much about Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn.  For good reason.

The Packers don’t seem eager to let him go and Flynn doesn’t sound too antsy about leaving the nest yet.

“I love being a Packer and I’ll be here as long as they want me,” Flynn told Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.  “It’s all kind of speculation right now, of what people want to write or whatever they want to say. You can’t say that anybody wants me or doesn’t want me. We’ll see what happens. I just like where I am right now.”

We question whether the Packers could get that much for Flynn.  He was rock solid in a performance against the Patriots last year, but that game was more of a coaching masterpiece by Mike McCarthy than it was a dazzling quarterback display.

Even though he’s entering his contract year, Flynn’s value to Green Bay in 2011 may be greater than a mid-round 2012 draft pick.  Based on Flynn’s words, it sounds like the team may get a chance to re-sign him as a long-term backup next year anyhow.

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  1. thereisalwaysnextyear says: May 13, 2011 1:36 PM

    “Based on Flynn’s words, it sounds like the team may get a chance to re-sign him as a long-term backup next year anyhow.”

    I think he said, “We’ll see what happens. I just like where I am right now.”

    That sounds like it’s about THIS season and expectations he could get moved before this season. Didn’t read to me like he meant anything about returning to GB to be their long term backup after his contract ran out.

  2. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: May 13, 2011 1:38 PM

    Take the rings Matt and save your money. The Pack has at least one maybe two more championships with this core team. Grab a big contract later.

  3. youboettcha says: May 13, 2011 1:45 PM

    As a Green Bay fan, it’s great to have a really good backup QB. But nobody really thinks the guy would resign to be a long term backup. Nobody would root for that. If he goes elsewhere and fails as the starter, I’m sure Green Bay would love to have hime back, kind of like Doug Pederson when he left in 1999-2000 and came back in ’01. I think most Packers fans hope he does well as a starter in 2012 for an AFC team, like the Dolphins.

  4. youboettcha says: May 13, 2011 1:48 PM

    @whitecastleisafoodgroup

    You’d think he has the confidence in himself to leave in 2012 and bring his team to the Super Bowl. You’ve just got to hope the next backup QB develops (maybe Graham Harrell).

  5. tundey says: May 13, 2011 1:50 PM

    Why would he leave? It’s not like the market is super hot for him right now.

  6. dawkinseffect says: May 13, 2011 1:52 PM

    Remember when Matt was supposed to be good? I mean how can someone who Wins the BCS and the MVP award get drafted in the 7th round, while the QB before him, Jamarrcus Russell was drafted in the 1st?

  7. polishkingski says: May 13, 2011 1:54 PM

    i am a buffalo fan but aaron rodgers is my favorite player in the league. goddamn that guy is sooooooo cool. just sayin.

  8. pervyharvin says: May 13, 2011 1:57 PM

    That picture above explains it all. Of course Matt wouldn’t want to leave Green Bay or his life partner.

  9. hrmlss says: May 13, 2011 2:01 PM

    Just wondering, Could it be that the Packers could have won the 1st and LAST Super Bowls?

  10. claymath52 says: May 13, 2011 2:03 PM

    Keep him another year or two and then turn him loose. Take the Hasselback route. Played his ares off against the Pats, and would like to see him get a shot at starting elsewhere eventually.

  11. thephantomstranger says: May 13, 2011 2:03 PM

    What has Flynn done to get anyone interested in him? If the Packers like him as a backup, they should keep him. Rodgers is injury-prone anyway. If they lose him next year, it isn’t like it’s a big loss.

  12. tramonisland says: May 13, 2011 2:11 PM

    if teddy signs him to a long term contract that’s only to trade him later for a 1st round pick once graham harrel is ready to go. i hope he stays put at least a couple more years. he’s a very solid backup.

  13. garyman1 says: May 13, 2011 2:16 PM

    Matt Flynn is saying EXACTLY what he is supposed to say…. that he is happy where he is at. The second he get’s traded he will say how happy he is to get an opportunity to play.

  14. goombar2 says: May 13, 2011 2:17 PM

    Flynn is a really sound Qb and when he’s a FA there will be lots of teams ready to sign him. He’s a good guy and takes a leadership role when need and falls back into the weeds when needed.

    I’d rate him with a Brunell. Would need a good team around him and could manage an offense.

  15. mvp43 says: May 13, 2011 2:20 PM

    Flynn’s in a good position right now, no need to move. GB will be good for the next few years and he can back up one of the best QB’s in the league. Why not sit back and enjoy the run………he’ll get his chance

  16. redskinspike says: May 13, 2011 2:23 PM

    dawkinseffect says:
    May 13, 2011 1:52 PM
    Remember when Matt was supposed to be good? I mean how can someone who Wins the BCS and the MVP award get drafted in the 7th round, while the QB before him, Jamarrcus Russell was drafted in the 1st?
    __________

    If you look at a lot of QBs drafted in the past that have been BCS Championship MVPs (Chris Leak, Matt Leinart, Ken Dorsey) and Heisman winners (Leinart, White, Crouch, Weinke, Wuerffel) have all tended to have worse careers then their counterparts. While there have been some that do not go by this model, such as Sam Bradford or Carson Palmer, a majority of them are flops in the NFL.

    Why is this? Because they are in the BCS championship game. They have the best teams in college football and all tend to have solid O-lines, RBs, TEs, and multiple weapons at WR. It makes it so their stats are usually inflated higher than their actual skillset. Their draft status is often much higher because of this. I don’t mean to take away from them, because they’re obviously great QBs to be playing for a team in the BCS, but they have many more weapons around them to make their draft stock seem much higher than it really is.

  17. schemefactory says: May 13, 2011 2:23 PM

    i tell you what, i’d take being a backup for the packers over being a starter for the vikings a million times out of a million. glad i’m not wired like favre either..

  18. winkeroni says: May 13, 2011 2:27 PM

    I can’t blame him. I would be happy with back up money and holding a clipboard on Sundays.

  19. sirfurproductions says: May 13, 2011 2:30 PM

    If the Owners get their way and we go to an 18 game season (bad idea), along with the stiff rules for concussions, most teams will need 2 QB’s… I say we keep him. He’s a great fit behind A-Rod.

  20. vahawker says: May 13, 2011 2:32 PM

    As a coach/GM not sure I would trade for a guy that is content holding the clipboard instead of being given the opportunity to start, which he will only have if Rogers gets hurt.

  21. 13xworldchamps says: May 13, 2011 2:46 PM

    pervyharvin says: May 13, 2011 1:57 PM

    That picture above explains it all. Of course Matt wouldn’t want to leave Green Bay or his life partner.

    _____________________________________

    Something you won’t see pervy in your lifetime….QB’s from the Vikings at a photo Op Media day Superbowl weekend. Our second stringer would be your starter. As a matter of fact I’d dare say Graham Harrell, our Practice squad QB is better than anyone on your Roster right now.

    The Packers have developed QB after QB, were as you guys keep going after either has beens, never was or just don’t knows.

  22. thephantomstranger says: May 13, 2011 2:49 PM

    schemefactory says:
    May 13, 2011 2:23 PM
    i tell you what, i’d take being a backup for the packers over being a starter for the vikings a million times out of a million. glad i’m not wired like favre either..
    __________________

    And that is why no one takes your opinion seriously.

  23. gregjennings85 says: May 13, 2011 2:49 PM

    Matt is a winner. Lock him up for a nice little 2 year extension for $4-6 million. You need to have a good backup QB/RB/#1WR/TE in the modern NFL.

  24. 13xworldchamps says: May 13, 2011 2:50 PM

    dawkinseffect says: May 13, 2011 1:52 PM

    Remember when Matt was supposed to be good? I mean how can someone who Wins the BCS and the MVP award get drafted in the 7th round, while the QB before him, Jamarrcus Russell was drafted in the 1st?

    ______________________________________

    Doesn’t really matter were they get Drafted, Ask the raiders who they’d rather have right now, Matt Flynn or Jamarcus never had a clue Russell?

  25. gregjennings85 says: May 13, 2011 3:03 PM

    dawkinseffect:

    “Remember when Matt was supposed to be good? I mean how can someone who Wins the BCS and the MVP award get drafted in the 7th round, while the QB before him, Jamarrcus Russell was drafted in the 1st?”
    ________________________________

    Amen.

    Also:

    Alex Smith #1 (SF)
    Aaron Rodgers #24 (GB)
    in 2005.

    Brian Brohm #56 (GB)
    Kevin O’Connell #94 (NE)
    John David Booty #137 (MIN)
    Matt Flynn #209 (GB)
    in 2008.

  26. pervyharvin says: May 13, 2011 3:06 PM

    13xworldchamps says:As a matter of fact I’d dare say Graham Harrell, our Practice squad QB is better than anyone on your Roster right now.
    ======================================
    Yep, i knew it. Those morel mushrooms you picked yesterday were not morels. Psilocybin mushrooms most likely because you are hallucinating son.

  27. jedicookie says: May 13, 2011 3:41 PM

    I’m a Packer fan and I think that is the whackest, most Sally-Assed picture I’ve ever seen.

  28. packerbacker12 says: May 13, 2011 3:45 PM

    “And that is why no one takes your opinion seriously.”

    And you think we care about yours? Go spread your stupidity somewhere else.

  29. sguy2130 says: May 13, 2011 4:18 PM

    Matt Flynn looked promising in limited time. I haven’t seen Harrell play at the pro level, but he was awful when he was invited to Cleveland’s training camp. He just doesn’t have enough accuracy, unless he’s made major strides since he left C-town.

    My guess is he dazzled some of you Packer fans in the preaseaon at some pont?

    Preaseaon means nothing. I remember when Ken Dorsey and Brady Quinn looked good in preseason games for the Browns…they aren’t doing much now are they?

    If I were GB, and it’s not too much $$, I would hang onto Flynn and not expect much out of Harrell. Harrell couldn’t beat out guys like Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson, and Brett Ratliff for a roster spot on the Browns.

  30. carlgerbschmidt says: May 13, 2011 4:28 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    May 13, 2011 1:57 PM
    That picture above explains it all. Of course Matt wouldn’t want to leave Green Bay or his life partner.
    ___________
    Seriously, are you 12? He’s sitting next to one of his teammates on a bench and all of a sudden he’s gay? He’s happy. You’d be happy, too, if you were playing for an organization that is run as quietly and competently as the Green Bay Packers. But, you cheer for the vikes. One of the most inept organizations in the history of the NFL, so I can see why you feel the need to cast dispersions on winners.

  31. thephantomstranger says: May 13, 2011 4:47 PM

    packerbacker12 says:
    May 13, 2011 3:45 PM
    “And that is why no one takes your opinion seriously.”

    And you think we care about yours? Go spread your stupidity somewhere else.
    ________________

    But this is where it’s needed most.

  32. edweird0 says: May 13, 2011 5:02 PM

    @youboettcha Well said. I for one think the phins should pick this kid up if given the opportunity. I saw tons of potential in him during that pats game and I think he would do wonders in Miami.

  33. skins359 says: May 13, 2011 6:25 PM

    dawkinseffect says:
    May 13, 2011 1:52 PM
    Remember when Matt was supposed to be good? I mean how can someone who Wins the BCS and the MVP award get drafted in the 7th round, while the QB before him, Jamarrcus Russell was drafted in the 1st?
    —————
    Not saying it was right for him to go in the 7th round but as they say hindsight is 20/20. There have been a TON of great college QB’s that couldn’t even make NFL rosters after 3 years.

    Some of them even went in the first round like Byron Leftwich, Joey Harrington, Tim Couch. All these guys did was win guys and put up big numbers yet they were complete duds at the NFL level.

    NFL GM’s aren’t going to sit around looking at guys that played well at quality programs and give them all the credit for the sucess of a talented team and as a result guys that belong like Flynn sometimes slip.

    So it’s easy to say stuff like “how could Russell go first while Flynn goes in the 7th” but you still have to realize that being a successful college QB only means so much at the NFL level, if it did evaluating QB’s would be much easier.

  34. thefiesty1 says: May 13, 2011 6:50 PM

    Just ride the pine and keep collecting the $$$$. Holding a clipboard is not too bad for that kind of money. And he’ll last a lot longer than 3 1/2 to 4 years that the players rep keeps telling the judge.

  35. philtration says: May 13, 2011 6:55 PM

    Is their one team in the NFL that believes that they HAVE to make a move for Matt Flynn?
    Do the Packers even consider him anything more than a clipboard holder?

    There is no market for this guy and their is no reason to even talk about him.

  36. 1mge says: May 13, 2011 8:03 PM

    Packers 14-6 Superbowl Champs…again.

    Vikings 6-10… losers again.

  37. brewdogg says: May 14, 2011 12:18 AM

    13xworldchamps says:
    May 13, 2011 2:46 PM

    The Packers have developed QB after QB…..
    —————————————-

    You mean like the aforementioned Doug Pedersen, Craig Nall, Ingle Martin, and one of my favorite names of all time to say, Kyle Wachhotlz?

    (yes, I know, he was moved to TE, I just wanted an excuse to get that name in…I would have paid to be at the podium when that pick was announced. It ranks up there Tshimanga Biakabutuka and Hoomanuwanui)

    I’m guessing you’re still hanging that hat on Hasslebeck and Brunell, and to a lesser degree taking credit for Aaron Brooks and Ty Detmer. you do realize that the coaching staff responsible for those players are all long gone, right? That’s kind of like a Vikings fan saying that since Jeff Christy and Matt Birk were developed into Pro Bowlers, John Sullivan will surely be one as well, but will soon be expendable because of Brandon Fusco, or that Ballard is destined for greatness because of the Vikings tradition of Henry Thomas, John Randle, and Kevin Williams.

    Look, I’m not making predictions on their futures, but be real…. Flynn had a solid (but not spectacular) showing in one game against a very young secondary (keep in mind, Shaun Hill hung 285 on them 3 weeks before, and Fitzpatrick 251 the following week), and Harrell couldn’t beat Brett Ratliff out for the #3 job in Cleveland. The success with backup QBs 15 years ago has no bearing on how these two will pan out.

  38. brewdogg says: May 14, 2011 12:21 AM

    thephantomstranger says:
    May 13, 2011 4:47 PM
    packerbacker12 says:
    May 13, 2011 3:45 PM
    “And that is why no one takes your opinion seriously.”

    And you think we care about yours? Go spread your stupidity somewhere else.
    ________________

    But this is where it’s needed most.

    —————————————–

    Uhhhh…. Dude, aren’t you kind of saying that there is a lack of stupidity over here? Not quite sure what you were going for there…..

  39. brewdogg says: May 14, 2011 12:29 AM

    hrmlss says:
    May 13, 2011 2:01 PM
    Just wondering, Could it be that the Packers could have won the 1st and LAST Super Bowls?

    ————————————–

    I was wondering the same thing!! If this season is a wash, and the 2012 armageddon crown turns out to be right……

    BTW, did you see that movie “2012″? Very similar to “The Day After Tomorrow”, and I seriously busted out laughing at the idea of a bunch of modern-day Noah’s Arks being built at the Three Gorges Dam site.

  40. brewdogg says: May 14, 2011 12:31 AM

    Yes, I’m over here polluting the Packer board with my toxic Viking-ism. Hope you don’t mind….. Getting sick of all the stadium BS on the other side.

  41. stellarperformance says: May 14, 2011 6:56 AM

    This kid will be good. Rodgers didn’t step on the field for a few years either. There is a formidable nucleus that will help this kid do well on the field when he needs to come in for Rodgers if he has another concussion (or two.) He’s as good as any other replacement right now and I’m glad we have him.

  42. footballrulz says: May 14, 2011 12:00 PM

    Hey Brewdogg–at least you make valid, intelligent points and don’t just spew insults. Pollute away as far as I’m concerned. Laughed about your 2012 comment. Glad the fat rich Russian ( I think) didn’t make it though.

    Hope Flynn sticks around and plays backup for a year or two. Prertty much agree with Stellar’s assessment.

  43. brewdogg says: May 14, 2011 12:48 PM

    footballrulz says:
    May 14, 2011 12:00 PM
    Hey Brewdogg–at least you make valid, intelligent points and don’t just spew insults. Pollute away as far as I’m concerned. Laughed about your 2012 comment. Glad the fat rich Russian ( I think) didn’t make it though.

    Hope Flynn sticks around and plays backup for a year or two. Prertty much agree with Stellar’s assessment.
    —————————————-

    LOL Yeah, but he got a little redemption at the end, what with his last act being hoisting his kid up to be saved. The guy was a bit of a jag-off though…. A jag-off with a nice collection of cars, but a jag-off nonetheless.

    I have nothing against Flynn, and I do believe he’s going to be one of those quality backup/stopgap starter types. But at the same time I know that the ones here who are extolling his virtues would have very different opinions if he were, say, Houston’s backup who the Vikings had just traded for. Then it would be all mocking…..

  44. packerbacker12 says: May 14, 2011 2:03 PM

    @phantomstranger,

    Sorry but until your team wins the Super Bowl, shut the hell up.

  45. 13xworldchamps says: May 14, 2011 3:31 PM

    brewdogg says: May 14, 2011 12:18 AM

    13xworldchamps says:
    May 13, 2011 2:46 PM

    The Packers have developed QB after QB…..
    —————————————-

    You mean like the aforementioned Doug Pedersen, Craig Nall, Ingle Martin, and one of my favorite names of all time to say, Kyle Wachhotlz?

    _____________________________________

    Brewdog,

    Nall and Pedersen were decent back ups, and I’m not saying that Matt Flynn will ever be a number 1 consitent guy, But I’d take Flynn over anybody on the Vikings Roster right Now.

    Since 1992 the packers have developed Brett Favre, Matt Hasselbeck, Mark Brunnel and Aaron Rodgers into Pro Bowl Quarterbacks.

    Who have the Vikings had?

  46. brewdogg says: May 14, 2011 8:22 PM

    13xworldchamps says:
    May 14, 2011 3:31 PM

    Brewdog,

    Nall and Pedersen were decent back ups, and I’m not saying that Matt Flynn will ever be a number 1 consitent guy, But I’d take Flynn over anybody on the Vikings Roster right Now.

    Since 1992 the packers have developed Brett Favre, Matt Hasselbeck, Mark Brunnel and Aaron Rodgers into Pro Bowl Quarterbacks.

    Who have the Vikings had?
    ——————————————–

    I know you would. You’re a Packers homer. I fully expect you to value Flynn over what the Vikings have, and I won’t say that at this time you would be wrong to do so. However, you crossed the line of antipathy by proclaiming Harrell’s superiority. That was what triggered the response.

    As to the Vikings…. Rich Gannon, Brad Johnson, and Daunte Culpepper were PBers who were developed by the Vikings, and they also got PB seasons out of QBs who other teams had given up as past their prime, namely Moon, Cunningham, and yes, Favre. Does that have any bearing on Ponder’s future? No. The fact that Musgrave’s last project was Matt Ryan (and Byron Leftwich and Matt Schaub before him) is more pertinent to predicting how he will develop.

    Do we want to start a pool on who will be the first to jump to the conclusion that I’m predicting Ponder will have the same success as Ryan?

  47. 13xworldchamps says: May 14, 2011 11:04 PM

    Brewdog

    Does that have any bearing on Ponder’s future? No. The fact that Musgrave’s last project was Matt Ryan (and Byron Leftwich and Matt Schaub before him) is more pertinent to predicting how he will develop.

    ————————————————–
    How many playoff games have any of those guys won?

  48. brewdogg says: May 15, 2011 1:06 AM

    13xworldchamps says:
    May 14, 2011 11:04 PM

    How many playoff games have any of those guys won?
    —————————————–

    What it is like to be constantly combative? Are you one of those people who thinks someone is sarcastically insulting them when they say hello?

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