Wednesday, December 22, 2010
BBAO: Would Matt Flynn have trade value?
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
Aaron Rodgers' pending return to the Green Bay Packers' lineup will end backup Matt Flynn's streak of consecutive starts at one. But Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette suggests that Flynn showed enough Sunday night at Gillette Stadium to draw interest on the trade market whenever the NFL's player movement period begins this offseason.
Dougherty: "And yes, Flynn showed some things in the Packers' 31-27 loss at New England that at least give him a chance. The NFL game definitely is not too big for him. He's poised. He's mobile. He's smart. What's still in question is his arm. By NFL standards, it's average at best for a starter, and it's hard to judge his accuracy at this point as well. ... But it's almost a given that somebody, especially a team that liked Flynn coming out of college, will think he's worth a look, either to compete against the current starter, or as a possible fallback if it doesn't draft a quarterback in the first couple of rounds."
Dougherty notes that the Seattle Seahawks traded for little-known San Diego Chargers backup Charlie Whitehurst last offseason. So anything's possible. But if interest does arise, Packers general manager Ted Thompson would have to balance it against the difficulty of developing another backup for Rodgers.
Continuing around the NFC North: