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Report: Packers unlikely to tag Matt Flynn

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Since the moment that Jermichael Finley signed his new two-year deal with the Packers, there has been speculation in Green Bay about whether the team would place the franchise tag on Matt Flynn.

Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com reports that it is unlikely to happen.

The Packers and especially G.M. Ted Thompson are sticklers for NFL rules. It would only make sense to tag Flynn if they were confident in their ability to trade him or if they had some sort of handshake agreement to do so. But that’s not Thompson’s style.

“(Thomspson) doesn’t bend the rules,” one NFL team executive told Wilde.

“(The Packers) don’t do business that way,” another NFL source said at the Combine.

Trading Flynn wouldn’t necessarily be easy. It could be a long process where another team has to come to terms on a new deal for Flynn, in addition to that team and the Packers settling on trade compensation.

While the possibility of the Packers can’t completely be ruled out, it’s looking more likely that Flynn will hit the market.

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45 Responses to “Report: Packers unlikely to tag Matt Flynn”
  1. hansenbrothers says: Feb 25, 2012 5:06 PM

    They’ll probably get a 3rd-4th round compensatory pick for him anyways, which is higher than the 7th round pick they used on him.

  2. cakemixa says: Feb 25, 2012 5:07 PM

    Who the heck tags their backup QB anyway? This guy has Kevin Kolb written all over him.

  3. steviemo says: Feb 25, 2012 5:09 PM

    Great news. He’s my #3 QB in our 12 team dynasty league.

  4. jhein23 says: Feb 25, 2012 5:10 PM

    As a Packers fan I’d like to see them take the risk and do it. On the other hand a 3rd rd compensatory pick in 2013 is not terrible for a guy that was a 7th rd pick. Ted Thompson does some of his best work in that round too. Jermichael Finley was a late 3rd rounder.

    I guess they will be using the cap savings from Clifton to extend some guys.

  5. miamike says: Feb 25, 2012 5:11 PM

    Your gonna love South Beach Matt……

  6. packfaninchitown says: Feb 25, 2012 5:11 PM

    Good luck Matt, I hope you wind up in the AFC!

  7. njwis says: Feb 25, 2012 5:12 PM

    yeah TT doesn’t business this way. except in 2008 when he did it to Corey Williams.

    Wilde is a good reporter but this article is all BS.

  8. bearsstillsuck says: Feb 25, 2012 5:17 PM

    Everybody but the media has known that for weeks.

  9. kcpackerfan says: Feb 25, 2012 5:35 PM

    So many people compare Matt Flynn to Kevin Kolb. Why not Matt Hasselbeck or Mark Brunnel? Both of them turned out to be pretty good players for many years. Matt Flynn has more experience than either of them had before they were traded. You can look up their Packer stats on NFL.com. If Flynn were in this years draft where would he go? There is no way he would last until the end of the 3rd round. He would at least be an early 2nd rounder and TT would be crazy to let him go for less. Tag him and hang onto him until someone comes knocking. Rodgers would be foolish to be concerned about not getting paid as much. He knows his huge day is coming.

  10. packerfan1000 says: Feb 25, 2012 5:39 PM

    yeah TT doesn’t business this way. except in 2008 when he did it to Corey Williams.

    Wilde is a good reporter but this article is all BS.

    ——-

    The “business” that the Packers don’t do “that way” is not tagging and trading. It’s tagging a backup. That’s not the spirit of the tag.

  11. boothlustig says: Feb 25, 2012 5:43 PM

    GB gets a 3rd round supp in 2013 as long as if Flynn plays next year and GB does not sign any FAs this yr which would offset the supp comp. Ted does not “do business that way”, unless of course, doing business a certain way nets him a draft pick this year. Then it pays to be creative.

  12. mikeyhigs says: Feb 25, 2012 5:45 PM

    Anybody with half a brain knew he wouldn’t be tagged. It seems it was just another bad PFT conspiracy theory.

  13. mialto says: Feb 25, 2012 5:51 PM

    Hint: if he was as good as AR theyd tag him. Maybe the GB system has something to do with his success.

  14. jenniferxxx says: Feb 25, 2012 6:01 PM

    I thought they were going to tag him and then trade him for 3 #1 picks. What happened? Reality set in?

  15. packattack1967 says: Feb 25, 2012 6:02 PM

    are you listening Bill Belichick?

  16. emoney826 says: Feb 25, 2012 6:06 PM

    Since when does anybody know what Thompson will do with anything? He never discusses anything outside of closed doors. He’s too smart to let this guy walk for nothing.

  17. jochee1212 says: Feb 25, 2012 6:08 PM

    The Packers will tag Matt Flynn. This move was set in motion by re-signing Finley for 2 years. Otherwise Thompson would have tagged Finley for 5.5M.

    Also, this would not be the first time Thompson has tagged a player and traded them for compensation. Corey Williams received the tag and got shipped to Cleveland in 2008.

    Tagging and trading Flynn make the most sense this year. Trading Flynn give the Packers another pick or two to use in this draft. Losing Flynn to free agency does not help this team. The highest compensatory pick is at the end of the third round and would be paid in next year’s draft. This move does not help the Packers this season.

  18. beeronthefridge says: Feb 25, 2012 6:17 PM

    CBA franchise player rules:

    • A club can designate one franchise player or one transition player in any given year.

    • The salary level offer by a player’s old club determines what type of franchise player he is.

    • An “exclusive” franchise player — not free to sign with another club — is offered a minimum of the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position as of April 16, or 120 percent of the player’s previous year’s salary, whichever is greater.

    • If the player is offered a minimum of the average of the top five salaries of last season at his position, or 120 percent of the player’s previous year’s salary, he becomes a “non-exclusive” franchise player and can negotiate with other clubs. His old club can match a new club’s offer, or receive two first-round draft choices if it decides not to match. The signing period for non-exclusive franchise players to sign with new clubs is March 3 through November 9 (10th week of the season).

    Thus the dolphins would have to pay flynn $14.7M and give up 2 number 1s.

    If ross agrees to this, he should betaken away in a strait jacket.

  19. Wisconsin77 says: Feb 25, 2012 6:18 PM

    Mistake

  20. dkrauss93 says: Feb 25, 2012 6:21 PM

    @packattack1967
    He’s not listening… He’s watching

  21. digitaldonnie says: Feb 25, 2012 6:26 PM

    Welcome to Cleveland young man. The girls are hairy but the fishing is nice.

    Sincerely
    Joe Thomas

  22. laeaglefan says: Feb 25, 2012 6:27 PM

    All of this Flynnmania is based on one meaningless game at the end of the season which meant nothing to the Packers? Sounds like another Matt Cassel situation to me. Was he worth all of the money that he got?

  23. sterilizecromartie says: Feb 25, 2012 6:32 PM

    So the Packers won’t get anything in return for their 2008 7th round pick, a 27 year old backup QB with two career starts?

    What a shame.

  24. lbijake says: Feb 25, 2012 7:12 PM

    steviemo says: Feb 25, 2012 5:09 PM

    Great news. He’s my #3 QB in our 12 team dynasty league.
    —————————————————-

    Your parents must be so proud of you.

  25. johnnyb216 says: Feb 25, 2012 7:16 PM

    Fly away little birdie. Fly away…

  26. steviemo says: Feb 25, 2012 7:17 PM

    Matt Schaub was a backup in Atlanta and has done an excellent job for Houston. ATL traded Schaub for two second round picks, if memory serves. Flynn has that kind of potential. Why compare him to Kolb, who didn’t even benefit from an offseason with his new team last year?

    I’d certainly rather have a guy who threw for 800 yards and 9 TD’s in two NFL starts (Flynn) versus the Leafs, Couches, McNowns, Akili Smiths, Mirers, Shulers, Klinglers and Wares of the world. Rookie QB’s are the biggest crapshoot of all.

  27. farvite says: Feb 25, 2012 7:23 PM

    2012 2nd rounder > 2013 3rd

    .. Especially considering the D needs a partial overhaul.

  28. bchapman2011 says: Feb 25, 2012 7:25 PM

    beeronthefridge….You are 100 percent wrong. Miami would not have to pay Flynn the 14.7 million. Once they worked out the trade they would have time to work out a long term deal with Flynn which would void the franchise tag. That is why the article mentions that the trade process would be drawn out. See this quote above…” It could be a long process where another team has to come to terms on a new deal for Flynn, in addition to that team and the Packers settling on trade compensation.”

    Either way it is a dead point because Miami will either sign Manning as a FA or Flynn as a FA. There will be no trades.

  29. frozeninfear says: Feb 25, 2012 7:32 PM

    I’ll bet TT has already offered Matt Flynn a contract to remain with GB as a back up qb. It is in the neighborhood of 3 million per year with a good portion guaranteed. If Flynn does not accept the offer because he wants a chance to start for another team (Miami) I’ll bet dollars to donuts the Packers franchise tag him before the deadline and then trade him to the Dolphins. The Dolphins will then sign Flynn to a reasonable contract, not the 14 million guaranteed by the tag. The Dolphins will then trade their second and third rounds choices in this year’s draft to GB. TT would prefer Flynn sign the contract with GB. If Rodgers gets hurt, we are in big trouble.

  30. leatherface2012 says: Feb 25, 2012 7:54 PM

    so that means thompson wont run up to him and say “tag, you’re it”

  31. frozeninfear says: Feb 25, 2012 8:23 PM

    Matt Flynn would prefer to sign a 4 year 25 million dollar contract with Miami. Joe Philbin will offer the starting qb job to MF. Flynn would much prefer that deal to TT’s offer to remain as GB’s backup. Keep in mind Philbin will install a GB type offense in Miami, one which we know MF is very familiar with. I am pretty sure picks 42 and 73 are headed to GB.

  32. thelastpieceofcheese says: Feb 25, 2012 8:30 PM

    bchapman2011 says: Feb 25, 2012 7:25 PM

    beeronthefridge….You are 100 percent wrong. Miami would not have to pay Flynn the 14.7 million.

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    Actually beer is 50% wrong. The pack can make flynn a “non-exclusive” franchise player and can negotiate with other clubs by offering flynn 120% of his salary, which was 500-600k in 2011.

    However, the pack can match a new club’s offer, or receive two first-round draft choices if it decides not to match.

    Thus, flynn’s suitor would have to give the pack two first-round draft choices.

    If there is something in the cba that you can point out to us that the two first-round draft choices rule can be superseded, please provide us with the link.

    The pack could just offer flynn 120% of his measly salary and keep him since nobody will give up two first-round draft choices for him.

    You might as well offer the picks to the rams for rg3.

  33. oreo51 says: Feb 25, 2012 9:03 PM

    If they tag him they are going to need to keep him. The combination of the $14 million salary plus the compensation will cause teams to shy away. The price would be too much for an unproven backup. Sticking it to Green Bay would be the better option. How is Aaron Rogers going to feel about his $10 million salary? GB would be forced to cut at least two good players from their roster, Flynn would continue to sit the bench and the other teams would laugh all season long.

    Seattle has the cap space and a young team to grow up with Mr. Flynn. Besides you will love the Great Northwest.

  34. smedley61 says: Feb 25, 2012 9:06 PM

    After reading Wilde’s article, I’m not sure how he came to the conclusion that Thompson is leaning toward not using the tag.

  35. nflfollower says: Feb 25, 2012 9:22 PM

    I knew in my heart they wouldn’t, but I gotta admit I was hoping they would be stupid enough to pay him the 14 million

  36. fm31970 says: Feb 25, 2012 9:32 PM

    For every Matt Hasselbeck and Mark Brunell, there is a Ty Detmer and an Aaron Brooks, so only time will tell which pair of QBs Flynn ends up like. He’s not a franchise QB like the Chiefs thought Cassel is/was, but he’s probably as good or has as much or more potential to be a very good QB as any QB about to become available in the free-agent market.

    The Packers are really in a bad spot when he leaves, with no quality backup QB behind Rodgers. Time for Thompson to do what he does very well and find another backup QB who can step in and succeed.

  37. tangysizzl says: Feb 25, 2012 10:03 PM

    Think about it for a second, say Miami were to draft a QB in the first round like Tannehill. They not only have to give up the first round pick for him but they also have to give him a contract for the 8th or 9th pick in the draft, a number similar to what FLynn will be looking for im sure.

    Unless they plan on signing a FA QB, they will have to use a draft pick and pay the guy they are drafting. At pick 8 or 9 they are rolling the dice that the QB they favor will be gone.

    GB doesn’t need to come out of this thing like a bandit, a measly swap of first round picks or a 2nd round pick straight up would suffice, IMO.

    Im sure that GB will not tag him until they are sure they have a trading partner.

  38. nupicasso says: Feb 25, 2012 10:25 PM

    I love hearing the term “system quarterback”. It’s the most overused term ever. Talking about different pro style offenses is what people should be talking about, in which case we can talk about the west coast offense. Matt Flynn has proved he can run it, which says a lot. A less talented QB (Tavarais Jackson for example)couldn’t pull it off. Whereas, if you put a talented QB in a crappy offensive scheme, he might not have as great success.

    Matt is gonna do fine, especially if he goes to Miami, where they’ll be running the west coast style offense; this is the type of offense best suited for quarterbacks who can think quickly.

  39. biggins3000 says: Feb 25, 2012 11:43 PM

    your not going to get anything higher than a 6th round compensatory pick. He only played two dam games in four years, man you packer fans need to lay off the meth

  40. packfaninpackland says: Feb 26, 2012 1:00 AM

    “(Thompson) doesn’t bend the rules,” one NFL team executive said.
    — Except that Thompson did it in 2008 with Corey Williams and got a 2nd round pick out of it for an average D-Tackle.

    Imagine what he could get for a quarterback that could be someone’s frontline starter for years ???

    Plus, if Jason Wilde says it wont happen, bet the house that it WILL !!!

  41. jessethegreat says: Feb 26, 2012 9:10 AM

    biggins3000 says:
    your not going to get anything higher than a 6th round compensatory pick. He only played two dam games in four years, man you packer fans need to lay off the meth.
    —————————————————————-
    Nice try! Compensation will be determined by prior production AND HIS PRODUCTION FOR THIS COMING YEAR WITH THE TEAM THAT SIGNS HIM.

    If he starts the whole seson with that team, count on it being at least a 4th. If he has any success with them, Packers will get max compensation (3rd round).

  42. investorgadget says: Feb 26, 2012 2:39 PM

    @bchapman2011

    Miami would have to pay Flynn $14.5M for that year. They can’t void that contract without making Flynn a free agent. Flynn can agree to another contract, but it would not change the one year $14.5 contract.

    @thelastpieceofcheese

    Teams don’t get to choose between 120% of the player’s previous salary OR the average of the top 5 at their position. It is automatically the highest of the two. Since 120% of $600K is less than $14.5M, the franchise tag would require a one year $14.5M offer.

  43. killface4prez says: Feb 26, 2012 2:56 PM

    “The Packers are really in a bad spot when he leaves, with no quality backup QB behind Rodgers. Time for Thompson to do what he does very well and find another backup QB who can step in and succeed.”

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    Ridiculous. There are probably 15 teams out there that don’t have a serviceable STARTING quarterback. Not having a quality backup does not leave them in a “bad spot”. It just leaves them in a less good spot. Realistically, any team that loses their starting QB is done for the year, anyway. Period, amen. If you don’t believe me, talk to a Bears fan.

  44. gbtitle says: Feb 27, 2012 1:39 PM

    packfaninpackland says:
    Feb 26, 2012 1:00 AM

    Plus, if Jason Wilde says it wont happen, bet the house that it WILL !!!
    =================================

    Truer words never spoken. I would bet my life now that Thompson is going to franchise (sign-and-trade) Flynn.

    The source of this alleged ‘report’ is nothing more han a butt-kissing lackey for Aaron Rodgers, and has no credibility or clout with Packers brass, or in the state of Wisconsin. I would more strongly trust Matt Flynn’s mother’s objectivity than this ‘reporter’ on anything related to the Packers…

  45. bagadeez04 says: Feb 27, 2012 3:46 PM

    This “report” is based on nothing more than pure speculation…some anonymous source who is also guessing. Did TT tell this guy he’s not gonna do it? No. Wilde and the “source” are just guessing here… like everyone else.

    No one knows what’s going on in TT’s head because he says nothing to nobody. We will know what he’s going to if he franchises Flynn in the coming days, or if the deadline passes and he does nothing.

    That this was called a “report” I find to be pretty funny.

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