Matt Flynn is in the perfect spot at the perfect time.
He’s a quarterback who will be a free agent in an offseason when a few teams — Cleveland, Miami, Washington — need quarterbacks. The best spot for a free agent is to be the best player at a glamour position, because teams usually overpay. Especially at quarterback.
Flynn can make a lot of money as a free agent and he can also start — something that won’t happen with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. The Packers could put the franchise tag on Flynn. That would eat up $14.4 million of the salary cap, but might allow the Packers to receive compensation or work out a trade rather than lose Flynn for nothing.
Packers GM Ted Thompson addressed Flynn’s situation at the Scouting Combine podium on Friday.
Well … he sort of addressed it.
“I don’t talk specifics about any of our guys that may or may not be free agents,” Thompson said when asked if Flynn would be franchised, “and I certainly wouldn’t speculate on what our plans would be.”
Thompson didn’t even want to get into evaluating Flynn as a player.
“Our policy is to try to keep all of our players, so we’d like to keep all our players,” Thomposon said. “I’m not going to stand here and tell all the other 31 teams what I think about Matt Flynn.”
Then Thompson was asked: Given the financial and on-field enticements for Flynn, is it realistic to think the Packers can keep Flynn?
“It’s hard for me to predict,” Thompson said. “I don’t think anybody can predict what’s going to happen in free agency.”