The Green Bay Packers have reportedly signed quarterback Matt Flynn after he worked out for the team on Monday of this week. Flynn was originally drafted by the Packers in the seventh round of the 2008 draft and worked his way to being the team’s primary back up to Aaron Rodgers. Flynn would spend four seasons with the Packers before signing with the Seattle Seahawks prior to the 2012 season.
Penciled in as the Seahawks starter, Flynn was unseated in training camp by rookie Russell Wilson. From there, Flynn became a road warrior. After just a few backup appearances in Seattle, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders in April of this year. Flynn made one start in Oakland before being released when the team decided to go with Terrell Pryor at quarterback.
Flynn was picked up by the Buffalo Bills, but he was unable to crack his way up the depth chart and he was promptly released. There was much speculation as to why Flynn was unable to stick in either Oakland or Buffalo. Some pointed to issues with tendinitis in his elbow.
The Packers were thrust into a quarterback frenzy last week when Rodgers was injured and it became known that he would miss time. Backup Seneca Wallace finished the game against the Chicago Bears and started this past week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. But just one series into the Eagles game, Wallace was forced out after suffering a groin injury.
Scott Tolzien finished the Eagles game and has been named the starter for the Packers this week against the New York Giants. With questions surrounding how effective Tolzien can be coupled with the unknown availability of Wallace, the Packers were once again forced to look for more reinforcement at quarterback.
Today it is being reported that Wallace is likely headed to season-ending injured reserve. The Packers likely knew things were headed in this direction and therefore, expedited the process of evaluating Flynn. Flynn will back up Tolzien this weekend.
It has been ages since we have been able to have a discussion like this about the quarterback position in Green Bay so let the commenting begin!——————
Jason Perone is an independent sports blogger writing about the Packers on AllGreenBayPackers.comFollow Jason Perone: