GREEN BAY – Mike McCarthy said last month that he wanted Matt Flynn on the Green Bay Packers’ roster. Now, the team could lose their urestricted free-agent No. 2 quarterback to the New York Giants, who are bringing Flynn in for a visit Monday and workout Tuesday.
NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones reported Monday morning that the Giants are bringing in both Flynn and ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter Josh Freeman for visits as they work on contingency plans following starting quarterback Eli Manning’s ankle surgery. Manning is expected to make a full recovery, but evidently the Giants want veteran options in addition to 2013 fourth-round pick Ryan Nassib and journeyman Curtis Painter. ESPN.com’s Dan Graziano also reported last week that the Giants have had internal conversations about Manning possibly being in decline after leading his team to a pair of Super Bowl titles.
Flynn became the Packers’ fourth starting quarterback of the season last year in the wake of Aaron Rodgers’ fractured collarbone, and he was by far the team’s most successful fill-in. The Packers went 2-2-1 in the five games in which Flynn played after signing on Nov. 12, and he completed 102 of 166 passes (61.4 percent) for 1,146 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions for a passer rating of 86.1.
Flynn played poorly in a Thanksgiving Day loss to the Detroit Lions but engineered fourth-quarter comebacks in the tie with the Vikings, in victories over Atlanta and Dallas and in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers before Rodgers returned for the regular-season finale at Chicago, which the Packers won to earn the NFC North title and a playoff berth at 8-7-1.
During a lunch meeting with Packers beat reporters at the NFL Meetings, McCarthy said of Flynn: ““Do I like Matt Flynn in the quarterback room? Absolutely. Not only Matt as a player, but there’s value he has: He’s been there, he’s got experience, his relationship with Aaron. He carries a lot of value. That’s added value. But also you have to continue to improve. How do you improve? Competition.”
If the Packers re-signed Flynn, he’d compete with Scott Tolzien, who flashed potential before being benched in favor of Flynn against Minnesota on Nov. 24, when Flynn rallied the Packers to a 24-24 tie.
“I’d like to have Matt back,” McCarthy said during the NFC Coaches Breakfast at the NFL Meetings. “The way the whole thing fits together and some of the contracts that have been done to date obviously factor the way you move forward into each and every situation. I thought Matt was a good addition to our football team. I have great respect and admiration for him, just being around him a lot on a positional basis. Yeah, I’m hoping financially it works out.”
If Flynn were to sign with the Giants, he would be reunited with ex-Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo, who left the Packers after the season to become the Giants’ offensive coordinator.
It’s not clear what Flynn, who left the Packers as an unrestricted free agent following the 2011 season for a three-year, $19 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks that included $10 million in guaranteed money, is seeking financially. But despite his solid play in Rodgers’ stead last season, it’s hard to imagine he’d command more than $1 million per year.
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