The prodigal quarterback returns. The Packers should wrap up contract details with Matt Flynn today and have him available as the backup to Scott Tolzien Sunday when Green Bay travels to MetLife Stadium to meet the New York Giants.
Flynn was the Pack's 7th round pick out of LSU in 2008 and he spent four seasons backing up Aaron Rodgers. He started twice for Green Bay, in 2010 against New England when he almost pulled off an upset of the Patriots when Rodgers was nursing a concussion. In 2011, he started the regular season finale for the then, 14-1 defending Super Bowl Champs and put up a 480 yard, 6 touchdown effort against the Detroit Lions. He parlayed that performance into a huge free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks but a funny thing happened before the 2012 season. Seattle drafted former Badger Russell Wilson who won the job. Flynn was dealt to Oakland in the off-season for a 4th round pick but couldn't win the Raiders job. He was cut, signed by Buffalo but lasted only a month with the Bills. What goes around, comes around I guess.
Head Coach Mike McCarthy watched the workout of Flynn on Monday and said, "He looks good". Flynn was bothered by elbow tendonitits with the Bills but that's still better off than Rodgers with a cracked clavicle and backup Seneca Wallace nursing a pulled groin. The future of Wallace, a 33 year old career backup, may now be in doubt. The Packers appear committed to Tolzien for the Giants game, and probably beyond, until Rodgers is well. He completed 24 of 39 passes for 280 yards in the 27-13 loss to the Eagles on Sunday, throwing one touchdown and two interceptions.