Report: Packers Unlikely to Use Franchise Tag on Matt Flynn

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Green Bay Packers are likely to use their 2012 franchise tag on tight end Jermichael Finley rather than back-up quarterback Matt Flynn.

The Packers were reportedly considering using said tag on Flynn to allow for sign-and-trade possibilities, ultimately netting them at least one additional draft selection with the counterparty inking the quarterback to a long-term deal akin to that off Matt Schaub or, more recently, Kevin Kolb.

Flynn, 26, was on the radar of many heading into the final week of the season and saw his stock rise considerably following a 480-yard, six-touchdown Week 17 performance against the Detroit Lions.  He has been linked to the Browns as well as other quarterback-hungry franchises like the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins.

The one-year tender for Flynn would cost the Packers $14 million in guaranteed money.

[Related: What Would it Cost for Matt Flynn if He is Franchised?]

  • Gren

    This is the one move I want us to pursue hard.

    Even if Flynn decides to play elsewhere, I want reports of Holmgren & Heckert bringing him in and doing everything they can to get this kid. If we do and it doesn’t work, it is what it is but, I’m sick of hearing about how this system is going to magically work with whatever they plugin.

     Get a kid who knows the system and showed (at least for 1 game) he can run it effectively (and save us a draft pick!).

  • BuckeyeDawg

    Really hope we can pick up Flynn for a reasonable price, and then use our draft picks to address other needs. 

  • baclap

    I’m probably in the minority but I’m not giving up on McCoy yet. If we do go after a QB I’d rather this than using our #4 pick on RG3.

  • Anonymous

    Totally agreed.

    Rather use the draft picks on OL, OLB and CB.

    Use FA for Flynn and #1 WR with Little and Norwood at 2 and 3.

    If Flynn busts out sell the farm in 2013 for the QB pick you want.

  • Anonymous

    Not in the least.

    I’d love to see Flynn and McCoy go head to head in a full training camp/preseason competition after shoring up the line through the draft and a FA #1 receiver option.

  • Anonymous

    All of the common sense in this thread is making my head spin.

    Heading over to the PD comments for equilibrium . . .