Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes that Green Bay Packers backup QB Matt Flynn has outplayed Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers up to this point in preseason.
“Maybe the coaches have scored it differently, but from a sideline view, backup quarterback Matt Flynn has had a better camp than starter Aaron Rodgers,” Silverstein writes.
“If scouts from other teams were allowed to attend practice, they would be making calls back home as fast as possible,” Silverstein says.
While this is somewhat shocking, there’s no way that the Packers are concerned about Rodgers and the teams offense yet. The bigger point is that Flynn continues to add to his draft stock. The Packers would like to keep him as their backup but with free agency on the horizon the Packers could end up fielding calls for him to at least see what offers come in.
“Flynn is in his fourth season, meaning he’ll qualify as an unrestricted free agent this winter,” Seifert writes. “Assuming he has ambitions beyond backing up Aaron Rodgers for the rest of his career, it would be understandable if he sought opportunities elsewhere.”
There’s a chance that Flynn would explore other opportunities on the open market but it’s hard to imagine that he would find a starting job. Flynn seems morel likely to find interest as backup quarterback and his value may be greater to the Packers than other teams considering that he has proven to be successful running the teams offense. Keep in mind that Flynn has only played one successful game in the NFL as his performance against the Lions was pretty terrible in comparison to the game against the Patriots.
The Packers would receive a compensatory pick if the end up losing Flynn in free agency. Using last year as model, the Packers would most likely get a fifth-round compensatory pick for Flynn but there’s a good chance that they could get a better pick in a trade.
Mike McCarthy has said that having a capable backup quarterback is as important as ever in NFL which is why I can’t see them getting rid of him even if other teams show interest in obtaining him. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Packers try to re-sign following the season.