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Green Bay Packers Sign Matt Flynn

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Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images.
Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images.

The Green Bay Packers have resurrected Matt Flynn’s career. After bringing John Skelton and him in for workouts earlier today, they opted to sign Flynn. An injury to Aaron Rodgers and backup QB Seneca Wallace forced their hand, and Flynn is expected to backup third-string QB Scott Tolzien.

Flynn was drafted by the team in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, and his familiarity with their system likely gave him a leg up on Skelton. He actually made two starts for the team, and the second of those two starts turned out to be a massive boon to his career after he threw for 480 passing yards and six touchdowns.

He was able to parlay one successful start into a massive payday, getting a three-year, $19.5 million contract from the Seattle Seahawks. Russell Wilson, then a rookie, ended up taking Flynn’s job, and the Raiders traded a fifth-round pick to the Seahawks for his services. Flynn’s tenure didn’t last long in Oakland after he lost the starting job to Terrelle Pryor.

The Buffalo Bills signed Flynn after their rash of injuries at the position, but they cut him less than a month after joining the team. If it weren’t for a desperate Packers team dealing with injuries to Rodgers and Seneca Wallace, Flynn would be unemployed and likely at or near the end of his career.