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New England Patriots will sign Matt Flynn, per report

The longtime Packers backup QB will be working behind a new Hall of Fame QB over the next few months.

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The Green Bay Packers had a decision to make during the 2015 offseason, as the contracts for both of their backup quarterbacks expired at the start of free agency. Ted Thompson and company made the call to roll with Scott Tolzien over Matt Flynn, and then added rookie Brett Hundley to the roster in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. That selection assured that Flynn would not return for 2015.

However, it seems that Flynn has found a landing spot after all. Concidentally, his new deal is with the team that he faced in his first NFL start back in 2010:

Once again, Flynn will sit behind a future Hall of Fame quarterback who wears number 12, but this time it's Tom Brady instead of Aaron Rodgers. The Patriots do have a young player in Jimmy Garoppolo whom they are grooming as Brady's backup (and possibly his successor), as well as a first-year player in Garrett Gilbert from SMU. (UPDATE: After the Flynn news was reported, the Patriots announced that they have released Gilbert.) As such, Flynn appears to be targeted as the Patriots' third-string quarterback. After all, New England will need a third quarterback to start the year, as Tom Brady is scheduled to serve a four-game suspension for the deflated football saga last season (although that is under appeal).

However, Russini also reports that Brady's suspension had no bearing on this signing.

Because this signing comes after the May 12th cutoff date, the Packers will not be eligible for a compensatory pick as a result of Flynn's signing.

In his one start against the Patriots in 2010, Flynn completed 24 of 37 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns, adding one interception. The Packers lost that game 31-27, and Rodgers returned the next week as the Packers went on to win Super Bowl XLV.