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Packers let deadline pass, don't tag Flynn

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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The Green Bay Packers did not use their franchise tag on  Matt Flynn, which means the backup quarterback will be an unrestricted free agent in little more than a week. The deadline for using the tag was 3 p.m. today, and a source confirmed that the Packers did not use the tag. The Packers at least had to consider tagging Flynn so they could trade him for a better draft pick than the compensatory selection they'll receive for him in 2013. But General Manager Ted Thompson apparently determined the risk of getting stuck with Flynn at the $14.4 million franchise tender was too great for the possible reward of a higher draft pick. Flynn is likely to land the Packers a compensatory pick at the end of the third round of the '13 draft, or possibly a fourth. That also will depend on any other players the Packers sign or lose in free agency this offseason.  

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