Courtesy of the Sun-Sentinel
Matt Flynn has agreed to terms with the Green Bay Packers for the 3rd time to remain Aaron Rodgers‘ primary backup under head coach Mike McCarthy. Reports have risen that Flynn cancelled a planned visit with the New York Giants, and McCarthy was very pleased with his relief last season after Aaron Rodgers suffered his shoulder injury against the Chicago Bears. He has “great respect and admiration” for Flynn’s effort and wanted him resigned.
Flynn in a Green Bay uniform looks more natural than the previous teams he signed with, and his play has shown the same impact. Week 17 of the 2011 NFL Season (via NFL.com) may be one of the best days of Matt Flynn’s life, not only because of the game statistics (via ESPN), but also because of the financial statistics that entered his life. Flynn started in place of Aaron Rodgers, who planned to rest for the postseason, for the Packers and threw for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns, which both at that time were Green Bay Packer records. The motivation may have been Flynn wanting to get a large off-season contact, but I believe it was Matt wanting to show his appreciation for his time in Green Bay and planned on finding a starting opportunity elsewhere.
Flynn tests the Market
Flynn tested free agency, visiting both Seattle and Miami, and he signed a deal with the Seattle Seahawks, believing he would be the answer. Russell Wilson, 3rd round pick out of Wisconsin, won the starting job, and the situation was not healthy any longer for Flynn, who was traded to the Oakland Raiders.
In Oakland, Flynn was not the type of quarterback to run the type of offense he was asked to run and he struggled in preseason, which led to early skepticism about his playing status. After Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin were the preferred quarterbacks going into the 2013 season, Flynn was not in Oakland long after that decision was made.
Flynn then signed a deal with the Buffalo Bills to see where he’d fit with E.J. Manuel, 1st round pick, Thad Lewis, and Jeff Tuel, who are all still on the team. Flynn’s services were then no longer needed in Buffalo and they parted ways.
Flynn Returns to injury-plagued Green Bay
While remaining unsigned after his time in Buffalo, Green Bay was struggling to have healthy quarterbacks on their roster with Rodgers injured against Chicago and Seneca Wallace injured (groin) against Philadelphia. Scott Tolzien was then named starter for the rest of the Philadelphia game. Before the New York Giants game, which Tolzien started, Matt signed with a contract for the remainder of the season. There were questions of his availability in the Minnesota Week 12 matchup, but Tolzien started the game.
Minnesota was leading 20-3 to start the second half and Tolzien led the offense to a 3-and-out to start the half. For the second offensive drive of the game, Matt Flynn was back under center for the Green Bay Packers, and he was determined to help them. He leads the Packers from a 17 point deficit to a 26-26 OT draw, which ends up being the tie-breaker against the Chicago Bears for the NFC North title.
Flynn’s 2-1-1 record during that 4 game stretch allowed Aaron Rodgers to be healthy enough to play against Chicago in Week 17, which the Packers won, and the season was not a loss for Packers fans. This signing shows that Matt Flynn works best in Green Bay, and as long as he isn’t on the field for the Green Bay Packers, then fans won’t need to think of him much.