GREEN BAY – Matt Flynn is in the fold – officially.
The Green Bay Packers announced the backup quarterback’s re-signing on Tuesday, a week after news of an agreement had broken.
Because the deal hadn’t officially been approved by the NFL until Tuesday, terms were still unavailable.
By getting Flynn’s deal done Tuesday, it meant he was able to participate in the first day of the team’s offseason program, which kicked off with physicals on Tuesday. Flynn, who signed with the Packers on Nov. 12 last season, was one of three quarterbacks the Packers started in at least one game last year – Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien being the others – who were not with the club during the offseason. Wallace and Tolzien were signed the week of the regular-season opener after being cut by San Francisco, and both were pressed into service after Aaron Rodgers fractured his left collarbone against Chicago on Nov. 4 and missed the next seven games.
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 after Buffalo released him.
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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