The Green Bay Packers win over the Detroit Lions yesterday had plenty of offense but the fact that backup QB Matt Flynn threw for a 6 touchdowns and 480 yards is truly amazing.
Flynn will be a free agent in the coming months and his performance on Sunday should translate into some serious dollars.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated takes a look at the market for Matt Flynn in his “Monday Morning Quarterback” column.
Essentially there are five teams in need of a quarterback heading into the offseason. You could make the case for Colts since Peyton Manning is coming off of a serious neck injury and will be 36 at the start of next season. The Browns, Dolphins, Seahawks and Redskins should also be seen as quarterback needy teams. The Colts will almost certainly take Andrew Luck with the first pick in the draft and the Browns are in a great position to draft the Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. That’s not a certainty but a strong possibility. That leaves the Dolphins, Seahawks and Redskins as the best fits at this point in time.
We posted what the 2012 Draft Order will look early in the day. Washington comes in at #6, Miami could be either #8 or #9 depending on a coin flip and Seattle could #11 or #12 as they’ll have to wait for a coin flip of their own.
The next best quarterback prospects are Landry Jones and Ryan Tannehill so they could be off of the board by the time Seattle is on the clock. Keep in mind that both prospects have question marks ans Flynn has shown up huge in two NFL games. The Redskins and Seahawks appear to be the favorites at this point in time. Seattle GM John Schneider actually worked for the Packers when they drafted Flynn out of LSU in the 7th round.
Green Bay could impact the situation by using their franchise tag on Flynn and trading him away like the Patriots did with Matt Cassel but the problem with that idea is that the Packers would risk losing TE Jermichael Finley and C Scott Wells. I’d say that the Packers are more likely to tag Finley and allow Flynn to leave during free agency.