Thursday, November 14, 2013
No long-term commitment to Flynn
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Matt Flynn was asked Wednesday whether he sees himself staying with the Green Bay Packers for the long haul after re-signing this week to be their backup quarterback.
"I don't think people are really thinking to next year or anything like that," Flynn said. "I know I'm here now. I'll do the best I can."
It was easier to put Flynn's answer into context Thursday, when NFL Players Association information about his contract became available. Flynn signed only through the end of this season and would be an unrestricted free agent in March.
Officially, it's a one-year deal with a veteran's minimum salary of $715,000. However, because contracts are prorated over the 17 weeks of the regular season, Flynn will actually make $294,411 from the Packers if he remains on the roster for the rest of the regular season.
Flynn served as the Packers' backup quarterback from 2008-11 before he signed a three-year, $26 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks in March 2012. After one year in Seattle, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders, who then released him earlier this season. Flynn also spent three weeks with the Buffalo Bills this season.
The Packers actually made a longer commitment to backup quarterback Scott Tolzien, when he was promoted from the practice squad last week. He signed a two-year deal worth $1.2 million. With Aaron Rodgers still sidelined because of a broken collarbone, Tolzien will start Sunday at the New York Giants.