GREEN BAY – Matt Flynn never worked out for the New York Giants Tuesday, but evidently the Giants’ reported interest was enough to get the Green Bay Packers to act.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo all reported that Flynn and the Packers had reached an agreement Tuesday, and an NFL source confirmed those reports. Terms were not immediately available.
Flynn and Josh Freeman had been scheduled to work out for the Giants, a team that would have made some sense for Flynn given that ex-Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo is now the team’s offensive coordinator.
But returning to the Packers, whom he led to a pair of one-point victories and a season-saving tie to keep them in contention until starter Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone finally had healed enough for him to return, simply made more sense.
In an interview before the Packers’ regular-season finale against Chicago – when Rodgers returned and threw a game-winning touchdown pass to Randall Cobb to send the 8-7-1 Packers to the playoffs – Flynn admitted that while he held out hope of getting another chance to start in the NFL, returning to Green Bay as Rodgers’ backup also appealed to him.
“That’s a good question. It’s something I’ve tried to not think about. I’ve had a big job on my hands the past couple weeks,” Flynn said when asked what he wanted to do in 2014. “I’m happy to be here right now. There’s always going to be – I don’t know how I’m going to feel in a couple months – but I know there’s definitely going to be a part of me that would love to stay here. It’s comfortable, and I love it here. There’s definitely going to be some soul searching that I’ll have to do after the season.”
Flynn, a seventh-round pick from LSU in 2008 who was Rodgers’ primary backup from 2008 through 2011 before signing with Seattle as an undrafted free agent, spent time with Seattle, Oakland and Buffalo before the desperate Packers signed him on Nov. 12 after Buffalo released him. He wound up going 2-2-1 in the five games he played, including in relief of Scott Tolzien in that Nov. 24 tie with Minnesota. His success with his former team rekindled his passion for football, which had waned after losing out to Russell Wilson in Seattle and being cut after only one start in Oakland.
“There were some periods of time that really tested my love for the game. And it’s been a blast being here,” Flynn said at the end of the season. “We’ve always treaded that line of, not goofing around, but enjoying work. But it always seems to be that we can enjoy work but then get down to business. I think Aaron’s the leader of that. He likes to goof around with the best of them.
“I’m proud of the body of work and the things that we were able to accomplish, and personally that I was able to accomplish. I was proud of the things that I did, and the team did. It’s been a fun couple weeks, a fun ride. I’m soaking up every moment.”
Flynn will still have to beat out Tolzien for the No. 2 job in training camp, as coach Mike McCarthy said last month at the NFL Meetings that while he wanted Flynn back, there would be competition.
"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," McCarthy said. "But also you have to continue to improve. How do you improve? Competition."
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