It should come as no surprise to Packers fans that Ted Thompson did not choose to give a veteran backup quarterback a long-term contract. Yesterday we learned that Matt Flynn agreed to terms with the Packers, and according to Packer Report on Twitter, that deal is indeed for the 2014 season only, though we are still waiting to hear official terms from the team or the league.
The deal will likely lead to the Packers having four quarterbacks on the roster during training camp this year, which is Mike McCarthy's preferred number. Many reports have the Packers interested in mid- to late-round quarterback prospects in this year's draft. Obviously, the team will not carry four QBs on the roster into the season though, so it seems logical that a potential draft choice would be stashed on the practice squad or that Flynn or Scott Tolzien would be released around the final cut-down day.
One other piece of news involves the Packers' backup plan for backup quarterback. Apparently, they had their sights set on another free agent QB if Flynn did not re-sign:
Interesting sidenote: The #Packers had strong interest in signing Freeman had Matt Flynn signed with the Giants.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) April 16, 2014
As someone who owned Josh Freeman in a fantasy football league in 2010, that sounds great. As someone who is a big fan of posting this GIF any time Freeman's 2013 season is brought up, that idea scares the living daylights out of me. Instead, Flynn did indeed agree to a contract with the Packers yesterday, while news just broke that Freeman will sign with the Giants. Let's all agree that we are happy to see Flynn back in the fold and move on.