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Flynn's backup options narrowing; McCarthy wants him back

Mar. 27, 2014
 
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy would like to have Matt Flynn return as the team's backup quarterback. File/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy would like to have Matt Flynn return as the team's backup quarterback. File/Press-Gazette Media

With no NFL teams looking to sign him as a possible starter, Matt Flynn’s options for a job as a backup quarterback have narrowed two weeks into free agency.

After New Orleans signed Luke McCown and St. Louis siged Shaun Hill on Wednesday, and Philadelphia on the verge of signing Mark Sanchez on Thursday, the number of teams in the market for a No. 2 quarterback has dropped significantly.

The Green Bay Packers still want to re-sign Flynn, who is an unrestricted free agent. Four other teams with settled starters appear to be in the market for a veteran good enough to compete for the No. 2 job: the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens.

Several other teams also are looking for quarterbacks, but they’re in the market for a new starter and are likely to draft one high this year: Houston, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Minnesota and possibly Oakland.

For now, the Packers' top backup is Scott Tolzien, and they're hoping his first offseason in their quarterbacks school will enhance his development.

The Lions lost Hill to the Rams this week, so their backup for now is Kellen Moore, the undrafted rookie from 2012 who has been their No. 3 in his two NFL seasons.

Atlanta’s backup is Dominique Davis, who entered the NFL undrafted in 2012 and was the Falcons’ No. 2 last season.

Baltimore’s backup is Tyrod Taylor, a sixth-round pick in 2011 and their backup last year.

Coach Mike McCarthy has said repeatedly this offseason that the Packers want to re-sign Flynn.

With the Packers, Flynn is 3-3-1 as a starter with a passer rating of 89.1. In the past two seasons, he’s played with three other teams – Seattle, Oakland and a short stint with Buffalo – but wasn’t able to win a starting job. In limited play for Oakland and Seattle, including one start with the Raiders, Flynn had a combined passer rating of 82.9 and was sacked seven times.

“I’d like to have Matt back,” McCarthy said this week at the NFL annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. “I have great respect and admiration for him, just being around him a lot on a positional basis. Yeah, I’m hoping financially it works out.”

Other quarterbacks still unsigned include Tarvaris Jackson, Kevin Kolb, Colt McCoy, Brady Quinn, Josh Freeman, Rex Grossman, Jon Kitna, David Garrard, Dan Orlovsky and Rusty Smith.

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