Over the next two weeks, we will take a look at each position group on the Packers and provide grades and insight on how they performed in the 2014 season. Today, we'll be looking at the quarterback position. Follow along with all of our positional breakdowns here.
As our look at the Packers' quarterbacks wraps up, we look ahead to the 2015 free agency period. Two of the three quarterbacks on the team have expiring contracts, and both will be unrestricted free agents as of 4:00 PM Eastern Time on March 10th.
Here is a look at the two players and the details which will affect their likely deals in free agency.
Years in NFL: 7
Expiring contract: One year, $1 million
2014 details: $730,000 base salary, $75,000 signing bonus, $148,750 roster bonus, $25,000 workout bonus, $100,000 incentives
2014 Stats: 7 games; 8/16 (50%), 66 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception
2013 Stats: 5 games, 4 starts; 102/166 (61.4%), 1,146 yards, 7 touchdowns, 4 interceptions
As we all know, Flynn hit it big in free agency following the 2011 season, when he closed out the Packers' 15-1 record with a huge day against the Detroit Lions. After stops in Seattle, Buffalo, and Oakland, he wound up back in Green Bay midway through the 2013 season after injuries to Aaron Rodgers and Seneca Wallace and did just enough to keep the Packers alive in the NFC North until Rodgers returned.
In 2014, Flynn saw little playing time, thanks to Rodgers' health, and it's highly unlikely that another NFL team offers him a chance to be anything more than a backup. It's also unlikely that Flynn gets anything more than the league minimum; as such, it's entirely possible that he's back in Green Bay for another round in 2015.
Years in NFL: 4
Expiring contract: 2 years, $1.2 million
2014 details: $645,000 base salary
2014 Stats: none
2013 Stats: 16 games, 3 starts; 55/90 (61.1%), 717 yards, 1 touchdown, 5 interceptions; 5 rushes, 55 yards, 1 touchdown
The Packers could decide that Tolzien offers more as a backup than Flynn, however. He most certainly has a stronger arm and can throw deep routes much better, and after a pair of seasons in the Packers' organization he should have a thorough command of the playbook by now. The only question is whether he is able to run the offense as comfortably and completely as Flynn. If he can, it should be the former Badger's job to lose.
Both Tolzien and Flynn will be back in training camp with Green Bay on league-minimum deals for 2015. However, it will truly be a winner-take-all competition for the backup job, as the Packers keep only two QBs on the active roster next season.