Packers to sign Matt Flynn

AP

Down to their third-string quarterback, the Packers are signing a backup who has had some success with them in the past.

Matt Flynn, the veteran who parlayed one outstanding game for Green Bay into one large contract from Seattle, will sign with the Packers, according to Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Flynn had an outstanding game at the end of the 2011 season for the Packers, putting up huge numbers in a win over the Lions. But since then he’s been an utter failure in stints with the Seahawks, Raiders and Bills.

The good news for the Packers is that Flynn knows the offense and has succeeded in it before. It’s also good news that Flynn has a track record of playing well against the Lions, as the Packers’ biggest game in the weeks ahead is their Thanksgiving date in Detroit, which is looking like a must-win if the Packers want to repeat as NFC North champions.

Flynn coming back now and helping the Packers win in Detroit in two weeks is a long shot, but with both Aaron Rodgers and Seneca Wallace injured and the Packers’ season hanging on Scott Tolzien, signing Flynn is a chance the Packers are glad to take.

114 responses to “Packers to sign Matt Flynn

  1. Just outstanding. You can’t make this up. I wonder if the Packers asked for a Discount double-check before working his deal.

  2. “What a long strange trip it’s been…” huh, Matt?

    Green Bay now have two ex-Hawks QB’s and a ex-Niner QB on the active roster…..

    and Seattle got Harvin, Avril, Bennett and McDaniel

  3. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Might as well just sign drunk from a WI bar. At least drinking cheap swill and eating pickled gizzards would have him tougher than that washed up Flynn…..

  4. Flynn had more than one outstanding game for the Packers. He started and played the full game against the Pats, the week after Rodgers had a concussion against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day. I’m not sure of all the details, but the Pack almost won in NE. I think it was in 2009.

  5. I had a feeling they would. Well, he got paid pretty well by Seattle for nothing, so whatever. He got millions for one good game, and he’s still in the league, so good for him.

  6. This man has be made rich by having one shining moment on the football field. ONE GAME!

    He is without question the luckiest NFL player who ever lived.

  7. Packer beat writer on NFL AM last week:
    “I think the Packers have moved on from Matt Flynn…”

    Yeah, that guy has his hand on the pulse of his team.

  8. Word on the street is that his poor performance is due to an undisclosed elbow injury, knowing the offense is not going to help.

  9. Matt Flynn wins at life. He gets paid millions upon millions to do absolutely nothing. The guys from the movie “Office Space” would be so jealous.

  10. Matt Flynn is way better than you guys are giving him credit for. He’s been in some bad situations and had arm problems. He will play well.

  11. Matt “6 TDs” Flynn?

    Well, there goes Aaron Rodgers’ job security. He pretty much just became the new Matt Schaub.

    😉

  12. shadowrider2005 says:
    Nov 11, 2013 7:33 PM
    Who didn’t see this one coming?

    Stevie wonder.

  13. Hardly reason to celebrate.

    Sure, Flynn turned out to be a good back-up guy a couple years ago, but does he still have enough fire left in him to be competitive? He got paid, and for most guys, nothing else matters.

    I am more excited to see what Tolzien can do with a weeks work at practice. The Giants will be a good test for Tolzien. The Giants are about average in Defense, but they give up 27 a game.

    Tolzien now has something to play for. There is someone on the bench to take his place, that usually brings out the best in players who want to get paid.

  14. thepvyharvin says:
    Nov 11, 2013 7:37 PM
    Desperate times call for desperate measures. Might as well just sign drunk from a WI bar. At least drinking cheap swill and eating pickled gizzards would have him tougher than that washed up Flynn…..
    /////////////////////////////////

    Placing him on the same training regimen that the Vikings use with Ponder is no guarantee for success.

  15. Hardly reason to celebrate.

    Sure, Flynn turned out to be a good back-up guy a couple years ago, but does he still have enough fire left in him to be competitive? He got paid, and for most guys, nothing else matters.

    I am more excited to see what Tolzien can do with a weeks work at practice. The Giants will be a good test for Tolzien. The Giants are about average in Defense, but they give up 27 a game.

    Tolzien now has something to play for. There is someone on the bench to take his place, that usually brings out the best in players who want to get paid.

    ******************

    Flynn starts this week.

    Did you even see Tolzien against the Eagles?

  16. wimpyburgers says:
    Nov 11, 2013 7:36 PM
    “What a long strange trip it’s been…” huh, Matt?

    Green Bay now have two ex-Hawks QB’s and a ex-Niner QB on the active roster…..

    and Seattle got Harvin, Avril, Bennett and McDaniel

    _________________________________

    You do realize that Matt Flynn went from the Packers to the Seahawks initially, right?

  17. i was pretty surprised we stayed with Wallace when Flynn was released and passed waivers. anyone know if he has any injury issue?

  18. Reality check, Matt Flynn will never see the field because if he does, it will mean that Tolzien has been knocked out of a game.

    The Packers will have to place Wallace on IR and they are moving forward for the next 3 games with Tolzien as the starter. The minute Rodgers is ready to play, Matt Flynn will be cut.

    But it is a smart move in the sense that if Flynn does play, he already knows the system and that is not true of any of the other journey men QB’s the Packers might have signed.

  19. Well, Mr. McCarthy, I sure hope you didn’t ruin the teams chemistry by what you pulled the last two weeks, but judging from yesterdays play it sure looks like it>

  20. thepvyharvin says:
    Nov 11, 2013 7:37 PM
    Desperate times call for desperate measures. Might as well just sign drunk from a WI bar. At least drinking cheap swill and eating pickled gizzards would have him tougher than that washed up Flynn….. ————————————————————————————————————————————————– wait WI bars have pickled gizzards??? whoah where???

  21. LOL – 4th QB in 2 weeks!!! Packers fans get their feelings hurt when they are laughed at about this yet not too long ago they were laughing at the Vikings for the exact same thing. Just like their team, the packer fans are soft!

  22. Either these QBs keep us in the playoff race and Rodgers comes back and wins a Super Bowl, or the Packers miss the playoffs, get a top 20 pick that will bolster an already top 5 NFL team, and the Packers win 3 or 4 super bowls.

    Either way, I’m happy.

  23. As a Seahawk fan, I hope Matt does well – he seems like a good guy. However, i doubt it. Seeing both Wallace and Flynn play, you are better off with Wallace.

  24. He came to Seatown, to be the highest paid clipboard holder in the league. Then he went to Oakland to do ???? Onto Buffalo to do ???? What I’d most like to see the Mighty Flynn do, at least once, is play a game of football. Not sorry that RW beat him out at the Clink, but the curiosity!!!! Can MF actually be a decent QB? Does anyone actually know?

    I knew Seneca wouldn’t be a good fit in GB. The guy is too indecisive in the pocket. That he isn’t the “most sacked QB of all time” is truly a miracle.

  25. Maybe he fits better in the GB system than any other and will thrive there again. But can’t blame a guy for testing the market. He is going to have to come to terms he won’t be starting as long as Rodgers is there.

  26. shlort says: Tolzien now has something to play for. There is someone on the bench to take his place, that usually brings out the best in players who want to get paid.
    ++++++++++++++++

    Tolzien has been with the Pack all year and hasn’t been able to unseat Wallace for the backup spot.

    Obviously the great TT felt that Wallace was better than Flynn.

    What makes you think that a guy with a bad elbow is going to make Tolzien try and compete any harder than he has prior to Flynn’s signing today?

    In Ted they used to trust….

  27. contra74 says:
    Nov 11, 2013 9:58 PM
    LOL – 4th QB in 2 weeks!!! Packers fans get their feelings hurt when they are laughed at about this yet not too long ago they were laughing at the Vikings for the exact same thing. Just like their team, the packer fans are soft! ———————————————————————————————————————————————- umm tolzien will start so it would be 3 in 3 weeks, also we all laugh at vikings fans because a lot of you were saying the vikings were going to win the superbowl this year. and how great your team was going to be because of your 3 first round picks and the great free agent signing of greg jennings. ringing a bell yet? and also because a good majority of viking fans not all, but most deserve it for being trolls.

  28. This is awesome, once Flynn starts the packers will have started more QB’s then the Vikes!
    SKOL!

    ——————————-

    The Vikings haven’t started a QB yet this season

  29. trollsetter says: Nov 11, 2013 10:04 PM

    Now we know that all the Packers need to be competitive is a once in a lifetime franchise QB. This team’s a joke.
    —————————————————

    Serious question here. Since Flynn threw for 6 TDs and 450 yards against the Lions a few years ago, is it safe to assume that, with Favre, Rodgers and Flynn, the Packers have had three “once in a lifetime franchise QBs”?

  30. tommyt39 says: Nov 11, 2013 10:58 PM

    This is awesome, once Flynn starts the packers will have started more QB’s then the Vikes!
    SKOL!
    ———————————————-

    Fair enough but…

    1) Flynn hasn’t started yet.

    2) The Packers have started different QBs due to injuries. The Vikings have done it because their QBs suck!!

    3) You need to change SKOL to LOL, for obvious reasons.

  31. Even an average team can go 2-5 with a backup QB. By the time Rodgers gets back the Packers will be 5-8, effectively eliminated. Oh, but they’ll get a top 20 draft pick. With that, draft genius Ted Thompson will draft another bust like Datone Jones, subsequently fielding a lower echelon defense that will ultimately wasted their talented 30 year old franchise quarterback yet again.

  32. I thought with Rodgers going down the best thing would be that the Packer fans would shut up. I Was wrong. The best thing is actually listening to Packer fans that think their team is still going to make the playoffs. Just priceless reading their desperate pleas for a practice squad QB to win a game or two.

  33. well , Flynn’s arm and elbow must be ok otherwise TT wouldn’t sign him. this means they won’t rush Rodgers back for the Lions game . now the Packers QB problems are solved . TT will draft a QB next season that they can groom to be a top notch #2 guy. I hope they draft AJ McCarron . he is a winner. under McCarthy’s mentoring he can be a stud back up for 4 yrs and some day replace Rodgers.

  34. Packers should have been holding weekly tryouts since camp after they kicked the tires of VY and knew they had to settle for SW. They got themselves into this position and will miss the playoffs as a result!! In today’s NFL where some teams are on their third or fourth starter, teams have to be set at #2 and they were asleep at the wheel.

  35. Well, it’s taking lemons and trying to make lemonade — but so so it’s just lemons.

    The last few weeks have shown the Packers have problems that extend beyond the loss of Rodgers.

    And this is coming from a lifelong fan.

  36. PFT help….Didnt Flynn have “offset” language in his Raider deal. So everytime he gets a check(Buffalo, Green Bay) it comes off the Raiders tab? If so. i hope GB keeps him for rest of the year……

  37. Word on the street is Darrelle is currently in talks to set up a reality show called “Revis and Butthead” with clay matthews.

  38. Part of Staying Calm and Carrying On is recognizing that Tolzien is going to impress a lot of people this week. Flynn is his back-up….not his replacement.

  39. trollsetter says:
    Nov 11, 2013 10:04 PM
    Now we know that all the Packers need to be competitive is a once in a lifetime franchise QB. This team’s a joke.
    ////////////////////////////////////////

    That’s not true. It’s the “system.” Everybody knows that…..especially Viking fans. They’re experts.

  40. When will the Packers get their quarterback situation figured out? This carousel has to stop! So many years spent as the storied franchise with such prowess at identifying great QB play. Now this. SMH….

  41. LOL – when did this team get into comedy because they sure are giving the rest of the league a good laugh!

  42. OK vikings fan here and what makes me laugh is the PUCKER fans who are still ripping on the vikings QB situation but the funny thing is us viking fans know our QB situation sucks but hey how does it feel but heads???????

  43. So, in all the news articles I have read, I have not found a single “official” statement from the Packers, all I see is ” according to” (insert reporter’s name here” …. I think we need to stop putting the cart before the horse folks!

  44. You Viqueen fans do realize that Rodgers isn’t dead right. All this talk about having similar QB situations is ridiculous, Rodgers will eventually get healthy and the Vikings will still be stuck with what they have at QB, nothing.

    I know most Queens fans have hope that your team will draft a QB next year in the first round but the last time they did that you ended up with Christian Ponder. So good luck with the QB search because your gonna need it.

  45. Flynn is home where he belongs. He was never a full time NFL QB, and he proved it. He could not make it through two training camps getting all the snaps as the starter without his arm getting tired and needing rest. He has limited arm strength as it is, and when asked to carry the full load he just does not have it. Even the Packers thought he had some type of injury after watching film of him with the hawks and the raiders.

    As a back up, he is a smart efficient QB who can come in and keep a game close or win one. However, he will never be a teams #1 QB again, unless fate enters in. I hope he proves me wrong.

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