Matt Flynn knows the offense.
He knows how to get from his locker to the meeting rooms.
And he’s produced.
That makes him a perfect fit for the quarterback-starved Green Bay Packers. Flynn will be signing with the Packers. ESPN first reported the agreement; a league source confirmed it to Packer Report.
“He’s in the building (now),” the source said this evening.
For four seasons in Green Bay, Flynn backed up Aaron Rodgers. Now, with Rodgers out with a broken collarbone, Flynn will be the backup to Scott Tolzien.
“Well, Matt Flynn is here,” coach Mike McCarthy said at his 3 p.m. news conference. “Went through his workout this morning. Looks good. That’s really all I have for you right now. Everything else is a work in progress.”
The last time Flynn threw a pass at Lambeau Field was Jan. 1, 2012 — the 2011 regular-season finale against Detroit in which Rodgers got the day off. Flynn completed 31-of-44 passes for a franchise-record 480 yards and six touchdowns in a 45-41 victory over Detroit. Six times, Flynn rallied the Packers from behind, including the game-winning touchdown to Jermichael Finley.
Flynn parlayed that performance, along with a near-upset win at New England in place of Rodgers (concussion) in 2010, into a three-year, $26 million contract with Seattle, which included $10 million guaranteed, during the 2012 free-agent period.
Flynn, however, fell flat in Seattle. Rookie third-round pick Russell Wilson beat out Flynn and led the Seahawks to the playoffs.
Because Flynn threw just nine passes, the Packers received only a fifth-round compensatory selection, which they used on defensive end Josh Boyd.
Seattle shipped Flynn to Oakland in April for two late-round draft picks. Flynn couldn’t win that job, either, losing a battle with Terrelle Pryor. Flynn started one game this season, completing 21-of-32 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown against Washington on Sept. 29. However, he was sacked seven times, fumbled twice and threw a pick-six in a 24-14 loss. The Raiders cut him a week later, and Flynn recently spent three weeks holding a clipboard in Buffalo but was released last week.
Flynn reportedly battled elbow tendonitis with Seattle and Oakland. The Packers, apparently, were convinced that Flynn’s arm is fine.
Flynn’s familiarity with the Packers can’t be understated. While he’s gone through three other schemes in the last 22 months, he should at least have some memory of the Packers’ playbook. He’s thrown passes to Jordy Nelson, James Jones and, assuming he returns, Randall Cobb. He had good rapport with McCarthy and offensive coordinator Tom Clements, who served as Flynn’s quarterbacks coach for all four of his seasons in Green Bay.
“It’s still the same the terminology and the same basic plays,” Clements said.
The quarterback platoon behind Tolzien for Sunday’s game at the Giants is in limbo. Seneca Wallace started against the Eagles but injured his groin on the first series. Depending on the severity, that’s a bad injury for a 5-foot-11 quarterback who needs to get out of the pocket to be effective. So, Flynn could be the No. 2 against the Giants, with Wallace going to injured reserve, or the Packers could take three quarterbacks into that game.
Green Bay also was scheduled to bring in John Skelton on Tuesday, a source said, confirming a report from WAOW-TV in Wausau, Wis. Skelton, who Arizona selected in the fifth round of the 2010 draft out of Fordham, started 17 games from 2010 through 2012. He completed 53.2 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. He was 8-9 as a starter. Six of those wins came on fourth-quarter comebacks, including four in 2011, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com. Skelton was released by the Cardinals in April; he spent a week with the 49ers this season but did not play.
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