Friday, February 24, 2012
Flynn Dilemma: Ted turns to 'Seinfield'
By Kevin Seifert
INDIANAPOLIS -- If you were hoping that Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson was going to shed any light on his plans for using (or not) the franchise tag, welcome to Planet Earth. As Thompson told us Friday with a smirk: "I don't talk specific about any of our guys that may or may not be free agents, and I certainly wouldn’t speculate on what our plans would be."
We've had plenty of discussions on whether Thompson would or should use his tag on quarterback Matt Flynn, then turn around and trade him for perhaps a first or second-round pick. The move is risky and would require a significant, but temporary, salary cap commitment of around $14 million.
If Thompson has made a decision, he hasn't informed anyone in the know and, per his longstanding policy, he certainly wasn't going to make an announcement to the media when the deadline for a decision is March 5. But at least he was funny about it.
Noting that his answers are truthful, if not informative, Thompson dropped a "Seinfield" reference as an alternative.
"In settings like this, I try to be informative but I’m honest when I say I'm not going to tell any trade secrets up here while I'm here. It's just not going to happen. I'm not going to lie.
"I guess you could go the route and be like 'Opposite George' on 'Seinfield.' You know, say whatever's the opposite. I like to try to be honest with you, but at the same time, I'm not going to give away any information that I think could be used against us. I don't think that makes a lot of sense.
"This is a very small fraternity in the National Football League, and once you get to Indianapolis with everybody here, it’s even smaller. I tell our scouts to listen and don’t talk."
In all seriousness, Flynn's immediate future is one of the hottest topics here at the NFL scouting combine. Based on how many disparate theories are making the rounds, I think it's fair to say that no one knows -- yet -- what Thompson will do.