Matt Flynn was said to have been in New York City yesterday and today preparing for a workout with the Giants that, according to Adam Schefter, never materialized – in fact, Schefter is reporting that Flynn is on his way back to Wisconsin after having agreed to terms with the Green Bay Packers.
Here is the Tweet sent out early this afternoon by Schefter:
“@AdamSchefter: QB Matt Flynn reached agreement with the Packers.” Smh
— jwhite (@CallMe_Jwhite) April 15, 2014
So what does this mean for the Giants? Well, it means that they either weren’t very serious about Flynn or the Packers got to him before he was ready for his workout.
No matter what the reason, it appears that the Packers have their de facto backup quarterback in place. With Aaron Rodgers, Scott Tolzien and Flynn all in the Packers camp, they are much better positioned with the quarterback situation than they were when they started the season in 2013. There is definite stability with both Tolzien and Flynn in town.
However, head coach Mike McCarthy has said the team wants four quarterbacks with the unit – one on the practice squad and three on the active roster.
That means the Packers either pick up a QB through free agency or they utilize one of the middle round draft picks to select a rookie quarterback who can be drafted and developed.
This is an excellent situation for the Packers. They have their best backup in camp with a third-stringer (Tolzien) ready to continue in the Mike McCarthy school of quarterbacks.
And it shouldn’t throw the Packers draft plans into disarray as the team is still ready to focus on the defensive side of the ball for their first round selection and possibly at least one more defensive player in the early rounds. Addressing the quarterback position won’t come until the middle or even the late rounds of the draft.
With Flynn now in-house, the Packers are fairly set at quarterback.
Time now to focus on other needs.