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Packers re-sign Scott Tolzien to one-year contract, per report

Green Bay now has two quarterbacks under contract.

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It may not garner the attention of Randall Cobb's new four-year, $40 million deal, but the Green Bay Packers have retained another one of their pending free agents. According to Bill Huber of Packer Report, the team has re-signed Scott Tolzien to a one-year, $1.35 million deal.

Tolzien arrived Green Bay at the outset of the 2013 regular season after receiving his release from the San Francisco 49ers. Tolzien worked his way up from the practice squad, eventually starting multiple games after both Aaron Rodgers and Seneca Wallace were sidelined with injuries. Tolzien played surprisingly well for a quarterback still learning the offense but struggled in the red zone. The Packers eventually replaced him with Matt Flynn, who held the job until Rodgers' return in Week 17.

However, Tolzien looked vastly improved during the 2014 preseason, leading to speculation that he might usurp Flynn's position as the primary backup. While that never transpired, the Packers did use a roster spot on Tolzien for the entire season to allow him more time to develop.

Accordingly, Tolzien's return could signal the end of Flynn's time in Green Bay, and in fact beat writer Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that this is indeed the case. Flynn is well liked and trusted with the offense, but his physical skills have eroded while Tolzien may be coming into his own. Whether or not the team ultimately keeps both, another signal caller could be on his way via the upcoming NFL draft.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an SB Nation newsdesk contributor and NFL writer for Sports on Earth.