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Could Packers claim Matt Flynn after Aaron Rodgers injury

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Would Matt Flynn make sense for the Packers after Aaron Rodgers injury?
Would Matt Flynn make sense for the Packers after Aaron Rodgers injury? (USATSI)

After Aaron Rodgers suffered a left shoulder injury on Monday night, the Packers are in a bit of hot water. They'll eventually get him back but we don't know (yet) how long he'll be out. In the mean time, they've got Seneca Wallace under center and you've got to wonder if they'll take a run at former Green Bay backup Matt Flynn.

Flynn was released on Monday by Buffalo after picking up a lukewarm cup of coffee with the Bills. Prior to that he'd been in Oakland where he lost the starting job to Terrelle Pryor and was eventually released before that Seattle, where he lost the starting gig to Russell Wilson after signing a lucrative free-agent contract in the offseason.

The contract Flynn netted from Seattle was primarily predicated on his performance with the Packers: Flynn dominated in two starts between 2010 and 2011 for Green Bay. His performance against the Lions in 2011 really stood out, though. Flynn set the Packers record for passing touchdowns in a game with six while helping the Pack win a 45-41 shootout where he threw for 480 yards.

My colleague Pete Prisco wisely cautioned at the time that Flynn wasn't worth a big contract in free agency. He's been proven correct thus far. Flynn looks like an absolute product of a high-quality offensive system in Green Bay. But if he succeeded once it's possible he could succeed again. Or, at the very least, not be as bad as Seneca Wallace and give the Packers a bridge while Rodgers is out.

There are a few obstacles, however. One, Flynn's been gone for a while. He didn't likely forget everything he learned in Green Bay, but he's had his nose in three different playbooks and three different systems since his departure after the 2012 season. Acclimating Flynn back into Green Bay's system and roster wouldn't necessarily be easy. It would also mean the Packers wasted a significant amount of time on getting Wallace ready as the backup.

Additionally, Green Bay can't simply just get Flynn. With the trade deadline passing (to little fanfare), every player must go through waivers. The Packers are, at best, 23rd on the waiver order. (It's in reverse order of overall standings, they're 5-3 along with the Bears and Lions.) No one wants Flynn for what he can do on their roster, but it's possible another team doesn't want Flynn to help out Green Bay.

Not surprisingly, Mike McCarthy had no interest in discussing bringing in Flynn -- or any other quarterback -- when asked about it Monday night.

"Player acquisition, I've got nothing for you," McCarthy said. "I'm focused on Seneca Wallace."

Still, Flynn makes a ton of sense given Rodgers injury. It wouldn't be in the least bit surprising if Green Bay put in a claim for him on waivers.

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