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Packers “unlikely” to use franchise tag on Flynn

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Two weeks ago, a stellar, record-setting performance from Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn sparked speculation that the Packers could use the franchise tag on the free-agent-to-be, in order to prevent him from hitting the open market in March.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Packers are “unlikely” to do so.

Though they have several more weeks to make a final decision, use of the tag would entail significant risk.  The Packers would have to offer Flynn a one-year salary that is expected to be in the range of $14.5 million.

That’s $6.5 million more than Aaron Rodgers‘ base salary for 2012.

Also, once the contract is offered to Flynn, he’d surely sign it — making the money fully guaranteed.

Then there’s the fact that any team trading for Flynn would have to sign him to long-term deal, with $14.5 million in 2012 serving as the starting point.

In the end, the maneuver probably entails far more risk than G.M. Ted Thompson will be willing to assume.  Unless, of course, a team desperate to secure “dibs” on Flynn works discreetly with the Packers to set up a sign-and-trade scenario that allows Flynn to receive a fair contract, to go to his desired destination, and to allow the Packers to get some compensation for developing the seventh-rounder into one of the hottest names on the free-agent market.  Even if the Packers only get a mid-round pick, the ability to ensure that he goes to an AFC team could make the Packers more inclined to try to work something out — especially if the Raiders and new G.M. Reggie McKenzie, a long-time Packers employee, decide to make a play for Flynn.

Other teams that could be interested in Flynn include the Browns, Redskins, Dolphins, and Seahawks.

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74 Responses to “Packers “unlikely” to use franchise tag on Flynn”
  1. raidermark says: Jan 15, 2012 1:28 PM

    See you in Oakland Flynn!!

  2. waltdawg says: Jan 15, 2012 1:30 PM

    Raiders? They just gave away the stadium naming rights for Palmer…They would be crazy to pursue Flynn….Smart money is on Dan Snyder making the smart move and getting Flynn, then hopefully we draft Blackmon

  3. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 15, 2012 1:30 PM

    Mr. Snyder, get out the checkbook please…..

  4. vonmiller58 says: Jan 15, 2012 1:32 PM

    Franchise him and then trade Rodgers and Jennings to the Rams for Bradford and the #2 pick and take Trent Richardson with the #2 pick.


  5. clayjayhawk says: Jan 15, 2012 1:33 PM

    Flynn to the Raiders for a 2nd rounder. everyones happy.

  6. teal379 says: Jan 15, 2012 1:34 PM

    Whatever they do, the Packers won’t do something that would leave a bad impression on Matt.

    Part of the reason the Packers can draft and develop is because players know that if they come here, work hard, improve and put in their time – they’ll see the field and be part of a winner. Packers do NOT trade away guys/pics hoping to get the flavor of the month.

    Matt going “where ever” could be a great recruiting tool for GB with UDFA’s or street FA’s.

    Come to GB, you’ll be treated well, coached well and if you leave, GB isn’t gonna crawfish you behind your back. GB wants you to succeed.

    (before some idiot brings up Favre – educate yourself and actually LOOK at what Favre’s career looks like post GB and what GB looks like post Favre. Completely different situation than a 2nd stringer getting his shot)

  7. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Jan 15, 2012 1:36 PM

    HAHAHA. Great story. thanks guys

  8. slyordie says: Jan 15, 2012 1:38 PM

    Might as well investigate if the Broncos will use the franchise tag on Brady Quinn if you’re going to ask about Flynn.

  9. dolphandan says: Jan 15, 2012 1:39 PM

    Miami should go after Philbin and Flynn.

  10. Soulman45 says: Jan 15, 2012 1:41 PM

    They will work something out they will get a return of a draft pick someway.

  11. redskinfanfromto says: Jan 15, 2012 1:43 PM

    Flynn or RG III are a must for the Skins this offseason, and thats the minimum, they need much more as well! Hail

  12. 5212losers says: Jan 15, 2012 1:44 PM

    Kevin Kolb part 2

  13. virger says: Jan 15, 2012 1:45 PM

    pointless story, jermichael would get tagged well before flynn

  14. citizenstrange says: Jan 15, 2012 1:46 PM

    I would like to see the Steelers make a play for him.

    It would be nice to see a Steeler quarterback who can score more than six points in the first half …. I mean besides Batch ….. or Dixon ….. or Leftwich.


  15. bgoochy says: Jan 15, 2012 1:46 PM

    Sparked speculation? You guys were the only site saying anything about it. It was a stupid “story” right from the word go.

  16. carpediaz says: Jan 15, 2012 1:49 PM

    Matt Flynn is going to Miami.

  17. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Jan 15, 2012 1:49 PM

    vonmiller58 says:
    Jan 15, 2012 1:32 PM
    Franchise him and then trade Rodgers and Jennings to the Rams for Bradford and the #2 pick and take Trent Richardson with the #2 pick.


    worst post I have ever read. YOU CAN’T POSSIBLY BE THAT DUMB!

  18. stampnhawk says: Jan 15, 2012 1:50 PM

    As a SEA fan, it seems to be getting talked about so much out of not much else to talk about at this point in the season, that people are talking themselves into it.

    However, two words, Kevin Kolb….from 12 short months ago. In Seattle and other markets, with few FA QB’s out there, he was getting talked up by the national and local press and the stores feed off each other into almost fact.

    At least Kolb had played a few games last season to prove that he can take on NFL situations in crucial games…Flynn has gotten cleanup duty, so mainly got this rep because he wears a green and yellow uniform and people also assume he’s the “Aaron Rodgers to Brett Favre” situation, to Aaron Rodgers, and being held back because he’s never going to surpass Rodgers.

    He may well be a good player, but he hasn’t proven much of anything yet to break the bank for any reasonable thinking team to turn them into their franchise QB.

    Seattle made somewhat of the same mistake with Whitehurst two offseasons ago, with the exact same situation, hoping that the backup behind a prolific passer in Rivers, had learned enough about how to play QB by watching Rivers, and, being that he wasn’t going to pass Rivers, needed to move on.

  19. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Jan 15, 2012 1:55 PM

    Not bad for a conference that suppose to have the weakest quarterbacks:
    Eli Mannning
    Peyton (when healthy again)
    Mathew Stadford
    Jay Cutler… Are all starters, and three out of five are playing in the play off.
    I’m sure there’s more starters but ..

  20. herlies says: Jan 15, 2012 1:57 PM

    He’s earned the right take the best opportunity available.

    I assume Green Bay will let him do just that.

  21. howiehandles says: Jan 15, 2012 1:57 PM

    “Favre’s career looks like post GB and what GB looks like post Favre. ”


    He was 75 when he left the Packers. And didn’t he take his team to the NFC championship? Granted, he should have taken them to the SB, but so much for his not having success afterwards.

    “Flynn to the Raiders for a 2nd rounder. everyones happy.”


    Its going to take more than a 2nd rounder. And how are they going to trade a FA? They’ll be able to trade him if they franchise him, and they Oakland is footing the bill. How is that going to work out with Palmer on the team?

  22. teal379 says: Jan 15, 2012 2:05 PM

    Did Kevin Kolb EVER look as good as Flynn did in his 2 starts?

    Hard to compare the 2 of them when IMO – Flynn’s shown MORE than Kevin did before he was handed a check.

    Flynn showed he can absolutely SMOKE a good defensive unit that held the Chargers to 10 points the week before. Flynn HAS faced pro-defenses, read them and torched them.

    6td’s and 480 yards. Kolb never had a day like that in a dream.

  23. sschmiggles says: Jan 15, 2012 2:08 PM

    I don’t understand it. The Pats franchised Cassel and got a 2nd round pick out of it. Perhaps Flynn doesn’t have the stock Cassel did, since Cassel started for a full season whereas Flynn only played a couple games.

  24. jacunn2000 says: Jan 15, 2012 2:08 PM

    Adam Schefter….. How do we know if this story is true???

  25. hscorpio says: Jan 15, 2012 2:08 PM

    The time when the Packers were going to get something for their developmental work on Flynn was last offseason. The lockout basically ended any chance of that. Not only for a team to make a commitment to him with an entire offseason program to get him ready but also the Packers ability to find a legitimate #2 that could get them through a few weeks if Rodgers got dinged up. I’ve seen Kevin Kolb mentioned a ton here. He’s a perfect example. That really didn’t work out for either side. The Iggles signed Vince Young to replace him, which led to the “Dream Team” moniker. Young struggled when pressed into duty.

    At this point, using the tag with the hope of trading Flynn when Jermichael Finley and Scott Wells are also FA is just not going to happen, IMO. Thompson’s philosophy is to lock up the core. Backup QB is an important position but not a core position. He’ll let Flynn walk, wish him well, then wait on the 2013 compensatory pick.

  26. test2402 says: Jan 15, 2012 2:09 PM

    Big Tim Tebow.

  27. korikill says: Jan 15, 2012 2:10 PM

    Thank you stamp.
    I thought everyone lost their minds for a minute.
    Apparently they forgot the guy played ONE good game, against a secondary that couldn’t stop ME, much less someone who actually plays the game.
    Now they want to christen him Tom Brady and Drew Brees’ love child. SMH

  28. bigtimepackfan says: Jan 15, 2012 2:10 PM

    flynn is the real deal. as a packer fan it is nice knowing that if rodgers god forbid get injured flynn could step in and do a heck of a job. flynns gonna be awesome for another franchise. i hope its not for the Vikings or bears. go pack go

  29. dominator71030 says: Jan 15, 2012 2:10 PM

    That’s obvious. I doubt much teams are gonna pay 15 million for a backup qb who never really proved himself besides playing in one game.

  30. dolphins4 says: Jan 15, 2012 2:10 PM

    Flynn would be a great fit in Miami but Ireland and Ross will screw it up.

  31. therolandobottom says: Jan 15, 2012 2:11 PM

    I would like to see Flynn in Oakland. He has a promising future and if McKenzie wants to blow the team up and start from scratch I think he would be a good young option at QB.

  32. anthonydilweg says: Jan 15, 2012 2:13 PM

    I don’t even know why there was a discussion to franchise him. TT would be setting himself up to pay out even higher contracts to Rodgers, Matthews, and maybe finley. You don’t pay someone 14 mil for 2 starts. Even if its a just a way of getting a draft pick, other players agents would surely point out that you still were theoretically willing to pay a backup with 2 starts 14 million. I’m betting the Packers let him walk, no strings, he’s earned his shot as a starter…he’s payed his dues on the bench, let him go some place where he can play. It’s the right thing to do. I’m betting he’s on his way to Seattle. for 4-5 million a year.

  33. trevector says: Jan 15, 2012 2:18 PM

    Matt Flynn = Scott Mitchell

    One good game doesn’t equal a frachise quarterback.

  34. docredskin says: Jan 15, 2012 2:25 PM

    There is no comparison with Kolb other than they are both backups. Flynn has only two games started, which is a fact, but it is also true that they were both tremendous outings, the last of which was historic.

    As someone who thinks that Griffin is a bust waiting to happen, I’d love to see the Redskins sign Flynn AND draft a QB that has a long-term future as well. Maybe someone falls, maybe you scour the middle rounds for a project, but either way, infuse the position with new blood. Teams with less talent that could potentially be on the roster next season have won, the difference being they have a quarterback.

  35. tashkalucy says: Jan 15, 2012 2:29 PM

    The point about Kolb is well taken, but not for the reasons written.

    Kolb was trained in the West Coast Offense. The Cardinals do not run that.

    He needs to get out of there, and Flynn needs to insist that he goes to a team that runs the WCO, or he WILL become Kevin Kolb II.

    My guess is that the Browns get one of those two QB’s. Mike Holmgren is the guru of the WCO and is overseeing the running of it in Cleveland. Shurmur was the QB Coach for years running the WCO in Philadelphia, and ran the WCO in St. Louis as the OC when Sam Bradford played well.

  36. jetsuperbowl says: Jan 15, 2012 2:29 PM

    Jets need to make a play for flynn! Then have an open qb competition

  37. lilrob10201 says: Jan 15, 2012 2:37 PM

    RGIII to Redskins.Flynn to Dolphins.

  38. jeffesky says: Jan 15, 2012 2:38 PM

    Man this guy is over rated. 14.5 mil. no way the pack will franchise him. he will go in free agency around 5 or 6 mil a year with a 4 year deal, and thats risky for whatever team picks him up. hawks may be there if its in the 5 mil range at 3 years but if not they will make the big play for barkley next year. i think they will trade down perhaps even out of the first round this year to gather pics for when they trade up in 2013 to get matt b. with a full offseason and several very good players coming off ir the hawks can give up thier 2012#1

  39. nesuperfan says: Jan 15, 2012 2:39 PM

    You can’t trade a guy you won’t have rights to…the contract ends in a few weeks, one way, or another.

    So in order to trade him, they could franchise him, and pay him $14.5M. The team that trades for him will then have to give up TWO first round picks.

    Anyone, who thinks that a team will do that (OK, other than Oakland IF they still had any picks), is nuts. So it makes it nuts to think that GB would franchise him, and pay that kind of money for a backup with the VERY BIG chance they won’t be able to move him at that price.

    Then you still have the issue that how would your starting QB view being paid less than the backup, and any salary cap issues?

    In other words, all this franchise talk is out of the question. The only way it happens is if they have some back room deal with a team ready and willing to trade for Flynn, and then GB actually signs him to a contract based on what that unseen team would be willing to pay him, and trade for him. Or, depending on interest, they could sign him to a normal, reasonably priced contract, and keep him as a backup…although this seem unlikely.

  40. orangeflh says: Jan 15, 2012 2:42 PM

    Flynn also started against NE last year and nearly beat them. He’s the real deal.

  41. tuckyous says: Jan 15, 2012 2:42 PM

    waltdawg says: Jan 15, 2012 1:30 PM

    Raiders? They just gave away the stadium naming rights for Palmer…They would be crazy to pursue Flynn….Smart money is on Dan Snyder making the smart move and getting Flynn, then hopefully we draft Blackmon
    Did you seriously use the words ‘smart money’, ‘Dan Snyder’, and ‘smart move’ in the same sentence?

  42. Little Earthquake says: Jan 15, 2012 2:45 PM

    It’s pretty simple: The Packers don’t overpay veterans when they can draft and develop.

  43. rastaraider says: Jan 15, 2012 2:45 PM

    I hope the Giants win bring on the candidates. Winston moss is a good fit for the silvernblack.. Flynn.. it’s a good rumor so far

  44. crazybeardedjack says: Jan 15, 2012 2:46 PM

    Breaking News: Vikings not likely to use franchise on Webb

  45. brewcrewfan54 says: Jan 15, 2012 2:46 PM

    Don’t use the tag on Flynn. To big a risk. And with the way Finley has been dropping passes I’m not sure he’s the guy to use it on either. This sounds like made up news anyways.

  46. 12thman88 says: Jan 15, 2012 2:50 PM

    thecrazyasianinseccountry says:
    Jan 15, 2012 1:55 PM
    Not bad for a conference that suppose to have the weakest quarterbacks:
    Eli Mannning
    Peyton (when healthy again)
    Mathew Stadford
    Jay Cutler… Are all starters, and three out of five are playing in the play off.
    I’m sure there’s more starters but ..

    -What in the hell conference are you talking about? You got NFC quarterbacks mixed in with AFC quarterbacks

  47. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 15, 2012 2:50 PM

    vonmiller58 says:
    Jan 15, 2012 1:32 PM
    Franchise him and then trade Rodgers and Jennings to the Rams for Bradford and the #2 pick and take Trent Richardson with the #2 pick.

    Wait a minute ………the problem right now is that the Packers can’t keep both Rodgers AND Flynn. Rodgers is the proven starter, and Flynn has played two good games.

    And you want to trade Rodgers and keep Flynn????

    You want to trade Rodgers to the Rams for BRADFORD????? Who wouldn’t take THAT deal!!!! Lol.

    And even if you were stupid enough to make that deal, you’d still end up with two starting quartbacks; Flynn and Bradford.

    So you’d go from Rodgers and Flynn to Flynn and Bradford …… and you think that’s an UPGRADE???

  48. ampats says: Jan 15, 2012 2:52 PM


    oxymoron screen name !!!!!!!!!

    Happy upcoming 44th !!!!

  49. scoob766 says: Jan 15, 2012 2:52 PM

    This thread proves raiders fans are the dumbest fans in the nfl. You traded a first and 2nd rounder for a dud in Palmer and now you want to trade more picks for a QB that has proven nothing. He’s not a good QB he had a good game, no need for this hype. Kolb had proven more then this weak arm qb

  50. stl45fan says: Jan 15, 2012 3:17 PM

    Flynn is the next Matt Cassel and Kevin Kolb. How great are those working out?

  51. akbrownsfan says: Jan 15, 2012 3:19 PM

    I want no part of Flynn playing for the browns.. There’s way too much hype surrounding this guy

  52. zzr600guy says: Jan 15, 2012 3:28 PM

    GB wont waste the tag on Flynn, most likely Finley. Too much risk, we will let him go where he wants, he’s earned it, we’ll get a 3rd rd compensatory pick for him. Plus there’s no way Oakland goes after him after they just gave up a ton to get Palmer

  53. httr73 says: Jan 15, 2012 3:30 PM

    Washington should sign Flynn and if RG3 falls to 6 (which is much more likely since folks would assume that if the Skins got Flynn they would pass on Griffin) they could grab him and trade Flynn for a first rounder. This allows Washington to have Flynn as insurance and if they get RG3 they end up with a extra draft pick.

  54. jleo78 says: Jan 15, 2012 3:30 PM

    i hate to think what will be left on gb’s coaching staff next year, but they definately wont all be back which is great for them but bad for the pack. I agree with dolphandan in where miami gets philbin and gets flynn in with him. I have never been a dolphin fan, but flynn and philbin would make then immediate contenders except i dont see bush carrying the ball 25-30 times a game. He would still succeed though. Just my opinion.

  55. seatownballers says: Jan 15, 2012 3:34 PM

    Finely gets franchise tag. Seattle offers flynn a good deal, but in the end he goes to redskins. He’s gonna get same deal as kolb.

  56. gdeli says: Jan 15, 2012 3:43 PM

    crazybeardedjack that webb comment is hilarious! the vikes should keep webb as the backup and get flynn. ponder better improve or they will be cellar dwellars for several years.

  57. bhester1906 says: Jan 15, 2012 3:45 PM

    Lord I hope the Redskins don’t get this guy. He’d cost to much for someone who has done so little. We don’t need a Kevin Kolb…

  58. deadmanwalking47 says: Jan 15, 2012 3:48 PM

    no way flynn ends up in oakland!

  59. hscorpio says: Jan 15, 2012 4:01 PM

    12thman88 says: Jan 15, 2012 2:50 PM

    thecrazyasianinseccountry says:
    Jan 15, 2012 1:55 PM
    Not bad for a conference that suppose to have the weakest quarterbacks:
    Eli Mannning
    Peyton (when healthy again)
    Mathew Stadford
    Jay Cutler… Are all starters, and three out of five are playing in the play off.
    I’m sure there’s more starters but ..

    -What in the hell conference are you talking about? You got NFC quarterbacks mixed in with AFC quarterbacks

    I was scratching my head about that one for a minute, too. But it’s the SEC. Look at the blogger’s handle.

  60. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Jan 15, 2012 4:08 PM

    I’m guessing you’re an A&M fan so I’m also going to assume that you follow college ball a little and recruiting from high school to college..and also add to the fact that I was being sarcastic, so take a chill pill and relax because apparently my comment went a little above your head.
    I was poking fun of my own conference in college football, the Mighty SEC.
    Didn’t you know that quarterbacks in NFL don’t come from the SEC because teams like LSU and Alabama has horrendous offense due the lack of poor quality QBs.
    At least that’s what a buddy of mine always tells because he is from Pennsylvania and according to him NFL teams only draft QBs from the Big X, ACC, PAC XII and all the other conference beside the SEC.
    So I wasn’t thinking about AFC or NFC, but rather SEC. Matt Flynn, its quite apparent that you 12thman88 don’t know is an SEC man…to be exact he is an LSU man!!! Quarterback of the 2007 LSU BCS National Champs.
    Now you see why I named those guys?
    Well let me add a couple more name:
    Grossman (was also a starter this year)
    Cam Newton
    Jason Campbell (before he got hurt early)
    And if Matt Flynn becomes a starter, he’ll be number nine.
    If Tom Brady gets hurt, and I pray not because I never wish anyone getting hurt playing a game I enjoy watching so much, then Ryan Mallet would start there, making him number ten.
    I’m going to stop there before somebody here brings up JaMarcus Russell.

  61. trapshoot says: Jan 15, 2012 4:10 PM

    He won’t be franchised and deserves the best deal hecan work out.

  62. icewalker946 says: Jan 15, 2012 4:19 PM

    Can’t trade a free agent.

  63. andyreidisfat says: Jan 15, 2012 4:38 PM

    Ahhahah a guy has one big day and folks are talking like he’s good lol. Ask arizona how dumb you can look when signing a back up who did well in limited time.

    Flynn is average at best. I really hope the redskins sign him to a big money deal. Then they will have another qb who isn’t good

  64. Maximus Decimus Meridius says: Jan 15, 2012 4:41 PM

    Redskins are not interested in Scott Mitchell 2.0

  65. commandercornpone says: Jan 15, 2012 5:11 PM

    I can agree on the 4 teams posted… not sure cleveland or skins would go get him. they ought to look into it. seattle sure should. miami needs to but probly wont. makes too much sense.

    not certain he would be a scott mitchell. but yes that is a risk…

    i would suggest these teams would have interest too. minnehaha. tampa. oakland. zona. buffalo. jets. balto. indy. jax. kc. denver. or maybe just stay in gb.

    unsettled qb situations. competition already. overrated or overpaid starter. overrated starter who looked like crap in the playoffs already. or be the new earl morrall.

  66. audient says: Jan 15, 2012 5:14 PM

    The Browns should give him a look. Hey, if they can upgrade at QB in free agency, that saves the draft picks for other positions the Browns need to fill. Holmgren hinted at opening up the starting job to competition — here’s a guy who looks good, but may not be a lock as a starter. Him and Colt McCoy in camp together, may the better man win. GO BROWNS!

  67. dtrb10 says: Jan 15, 2012 5:27 PM

    Here we go with the bs calls going the fudge packers way like always. No way that wasn’t a fumble. Horrible call. I hate the cheese

  68. ron69 says: Jan 15, 2012 5:38 PM

    thanks but no thanks Palmer>Flynn, but McFadden for Raji straight up and we’re in business.

  69. dolphins4 says: Jan 15, 2012 5:46 PM

    The only thing good in Cleveland is Mary Kay Cabot.

  70. cornersss says: Jan 16, 2012 7:51 AM

    Not sure why flynn would agree to sign first, and make things harder for him to sign with another team just so his former team can get a draft pick.

    Wouldn’t it make more sense for him to just go pick his team without having to worry about getting draft picks for a team hes played his last game for?

  71. diehardhawkfn1 says: Jan 16, 2012 2:37 PM

    Mark my words…Flynn will be a Seahawk.
    Flynn is no Kolb
    Flynn will be a great QB his style is nothing like Kolb.
    Great QBs come from GB…HE IS NO FLUKE.
    Just watch.

  72. tdk24 says: Jan 16, 2012 2:43 PM

    I wonder if Flynn’s week 17 performance affected Rodgers’ playoff performance. Was he looking over his shoulder?

  73. shadylamp says: Jan 16, 2012 4:03 PM

    Adam Schefter was the one who originally claimed the packers would Franchise Flynn! What kind of garbage journalism is that that you have to create your own fabricated story to be the first to report that it is in fact a non story?! ESPN and the Media are pathetic. You don’t think even the most casual fan can see right through this crap?!

  74. dikshuttle says: Jan 18, 2012 8:04 AM

    Well, if DC goes after him, I’d be surprised (besides a low-ball offer, that is). With the ShanStaff doing the Senior Bowl, I’d expect them to take their highest rated QB at the 6 (or trade up, if poss) and rely on Grossman, who’s numbers weren’t actually evol, to get them through the rookie training period. Of course Rex’s turnovers will have to be dealt with. And the fans won’t be happy. But after they got burnt on Chunky, I don’t expect going after a ballyhooed, non-proven QB, no matter the upside.

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