Reports say former Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn will be back in town for a workout. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Reports: Flynn to work out for Green Bay Packers - but will they sign him?


Up until this season when Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tied him, former team backup QB Matt Flynn held the team record for most yardage thrown in a single game.

And based on that single game back in 2011, Flynn became a hot commodity. He used those yards thrown in Green Bay to ride to a big pay day with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012, but since then things have gone south for the professional clipboard holder.

He rode the bench and watched Russell Wilson rise to stardom for the Seahawks, he then signed with Oakland and had a pathetic preseason. They cut him. He signed with the Buffalo Bills when they were in need of another quarterback. After a cup of coffee, they cut him.

Quarterback Matt Flynn spent the preseason with Oakland. He was cut. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Now those in the know are saying the Green Bay Packers have an interest in working him out in light of last Sunday’s developments with Aaron Rodgers.

Could Flynn be a broken collarbone away from his third team in a single season?

Well, he’s probably hoping so, but the Packers might be wary. They didn’t place a waiver claim for him after he left Buffalo. Instead, Flynn’s private workout is most likely scheduled to give the Packers a first-hand look at whether his supposed bad elbow is good enough to warrant putting pen to paper.

Many say the signing is a slam dunk. Flynn knows the system, has proven he can play at the NFL level and would be a natural fit for the Packers.

I’m not so sure.

Even if the Packers were to sign him, how would they proceed? Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace has been the man this week, taking all the reps with the number one team. Barring the Apocalypse, Wallace will be the starter when the Packers hit the field Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. But what happens if Wallace goes in the tank? Do they pull a Minnesota Vikings and bring Flynn in like the Vikings did with Josh Freeman? Do the Packers really want to go there?

I guess that’s why Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson get the big bucks.

Matt Flynn stopped by the Buffalo Bills long enough for a cup of coffee. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Does their decision to work Flynn out indicate that their confidence in Wallace is slipping? Clearly, Scott Tolzien isn’t the answer at this point, so maybe it’s time that the Packers are finally seeing the need to have an established backup in place.

The Packers must look at all their options and Flynn, at this point, seems to be a viable one … at least an option they want to look at.

But at least for this Sunday, it’s Wallace/Tolzien.

After that, who knows?

We can only hope the next month goes by quickly.

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