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Packers had some interest in Freeman if Flynn didn’t stay

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As it turns out, Matt Flynn and Josh Freeman were two men for two jobs.

But they could have easily reversed roles, as it turns out.

Flynn decided yesterday to stay with the Packers, and Freeman just took advantage of the void in New York to agree with the Giants moments ago.

But according to Adam Caplan of ESPN, the Packers had some interest in Freeman as well, if Flynn had decided to sign with the Giants instead.

It’s interesting, but not surprising. The Packers were willing to take a look at Vince Young last summer, so bringing in a former first-rounder as a backup wouldn’t have been out of character. And there are plenty of people around the league who think Freeman can be salvaged.

Freeman looked like a wreck once the Bucs decided he wasn’t their guy, and his stint with the Vikings was ill-considered and poorly executed.

But there are still tools there, and the Packers would have offered him a chance to work and improve without the pressure of having to take over a mess of a team.

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27 Responses to “Packers had some interest in Freeman if Flynn didn’t stay”
  1. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:40 PM

    Interesting. It would have been interesting to see if Freeman could flourish in a non dysfunctional organization.

  2. Celebrity Man Guy says: Apr 16, 2014 12:42 PM

    Oh, how I wish that would have happened! More proof that the Packers don’t have a clue when it comes to quarterbacks. Before you say “what about Rodgers?” remember that Ted Thompson was so enamored with Rodgers ability that he drafted Brian Brohm in the second round and Flynn in the seventh round because he was so afraid of Rodgers having to be the starter.

  3. Celebrity Man Guy says: Apr 16, 2014 12:44 PM

    How do you know his stint with the Vikings was ill-considered and poorly executed? Maybe he just sucks. The simplest explanation is usually the correct one.

  4. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 16, 2014 12:46 PM

    I’m sure Josh would have been a serviceable backup with Green Bay coaches. Don’t blame him because he doesn’t have enough talent to overcome the incompetent Vike coaching staff. It’s not his fault, playing for the Vike’s is a tough hand for anyone to be dealt.

  5. thealmightybigblue says: Apr 16, 2014 1:01 PM

    This is a good depth signing.he’s also a better qb than anyone on the jets and deadskins roster.

  6. thegreatjimbrown says: Apr 16, 2014 1:07 PM

    “Thompson was so enamored with Rodgers ability that he drafted Brian Brohm in the second round and Flynn in the seventh round because he was so afraid of Rodgers having to be the starter”

    That is pretty funny. They knew exactly what they had in Rodgers, which is why they didn’t cave to the “unretiring one.” Once the back-up became the starter, they drafted a home-grown back-up, just as the Packers have done successfully many times. Poor Vikes, can’t develop a starter OR a back-up.

  7. kane337 says: Apr 16, 2014 1:07 PM

    The Vikings had interest in Josh Freeman……..and then didn’t.

  8. Celebrity Man Guy says: Apr 16, 2014 1:08 PM

    Yes, the Green Bay coaches have worked wonders with backup quarterbacks. Let’s see, just last year there was Graham Harr…B.J. Cole…Vince You…Seneca Wall…Scott Tolz…

  9. greej1938l says: Apr 16, 2014 1:08 PM

    The packers don’t have a clue with QBS!!??? LMAO

  10. logicailvoicesays says: Apr 16, 2014 1:15 PM

    The desperate Packers might as well have brought back Vince Young to be their starter if they were going to consider Matt Flynn and Josh Freeman. They’re not going to get anywhere near the Redskins and RG3 with Matt Flynn as their starting QB.

  11. arnoldziffel says: Apr 16, 2014 1:16 PM

    … and as we all know – the Vikings are a mess of a team.

    They pay him 2 million bucks to sign in Minnesota, then try and start him within about ten days – when he had no clue what the offense was – with predictable results. Then – never played him another second.

    If there was a way for the Vikings to finish 5th in the NFC Central – they’d find it.

  12. roadbiscuit says: Apr 16, 2014 1:17 PM

    Not buying it, probably came from Freeman’s agent. Nobody inside 1265 Lombardi Ave talks business with bloggers.

  13. devasher says: Apr 16, 2014 1:21 PM

    Signing a guy who’s career has derailed largely due to off-the-field ‘distractions’ in Tampa to a city with the most distractions in the country. Genius.

  14. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 16, 2014 1:21 PM

    Freeman wouldn’t be bad as a backup on a team that actually has good players. He hasn’t really had that in his career yet.

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  15. wipackman1265 says: Apr 16, 2014 1:28 PM

    Had great numbers in TB in 2010…. my guess is that Minnesota , the graveyard of all quarterbacks is the issue… look at the astute QB evaluation they have been doing………. Childress Frazier and now Zimmer….you know Bortles ,Manziel and Bridgewater are praying for a better fate the being selected at 8 !!!!!!!

  16. duece5 says: Apr 16, 2014 1:28 PM

    Freeman looked at Mike McCarthy just once and said NO THANKS!

    Freeman’s right shoulder said THANK YOU as well!!!

  17. boomboombrown says: Apr 16, 2014 1:30 PM

    Can’t wait to see who the packers draft this year, of course, they will probably pull a hamstring on the way to the podium and end up on IR! What a joke of a team.

  18. jwcarlson says: Apr 16, 2014 1:51 PM

    It will take about a year to get all the viking stink off of him, but he’ll be perfectly serviceable and could see him in the running for a starting job next year if he ends up putting any time in relief of Eli this season.

  19. deflateddome says: Apr 16, 2014 2:02 PM

    Freeman was not going to spend two days on a bus to meet with Thompson, no matter how many Subway certificates TT sent him.

    Anyway, whoever was the cheapest QB FA, Ted was going to go with him…For obvious reasons…

  20. 4greatestvikingever says: Apr 16, 2014 2:06 PM

    “But there are still tools there” Rick Speilman being the main one.

  21. f1restarter says: Apr 16, 2014 2:09 PM

    It’s always unfair for any player to be judged by his work as a Viking.

    Playing for that wretched franchise would have made Joe Montana look like…well, like Christian Ponder.

  22. backdapack4evr says: Apr 16, 2014 2:23 PM

    Now the Vikings lost their best QB!!
    Lol

  23. purpleguy says: Apr 16, 2014 2:24 PM

    Freeman should be a serviceable back-up QB for the rest of his career, nothing more, nothing less. Anyway, I’m sure he will find NY, NY much more entertaining and fulfilling than Green Bay, WI — the land time forgot.

  24. purplezimmerpride says: Apr 16, 2014 3:16 PM

    I was hoping the Vikings would bring him back. His practices were so bad that it even gave our NFC North worst defense a bit of confidence.

  25. seals1 says: Apr 16, 2014 3:50 PM

    Once again proving the packers only have one player,,,,,,,,,,,,,as he goes you go packer fan. The funny part is Rogers is getting pissed behind the scenes that the packers brain trust cuts 4th year guys so they can pick up extra rookie 4th round comp picks.

    Good Luck getting them up to speed Green Bay and keeping Rogers happy. GB Implosion in 4, 3, 2,,,,,,,,

  26. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 16, 2014 4:57 PM

    Thank you for that glimpse “behind the scenes”.

    LOL

  27. khmer379 says: Apr 17, 2014 12:51 PM

    But at the end he sign with the better team.. the Giants the team the packer hate to see in the playoffs

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