Over the next two weeks, Acme Packing Company takes a look at each position group on the Green Bay Packers to look at how the position will be affected by free agency during the 2016 offseason. Our offseason examinations begin with the quarterbacks.
We begin our free agent breakdown at Acme Packing Company with the quarterback position, and this year's Green Bay Packers free agent class has a single player at the position set to hit the market.
Starter Aaron Rodgers is locked up through 2019 and last year's third-stringer, Brett Hundley, has three years remaining on his rookie contract. That leaves last year's backup as the lone quarterback set to test the free agent waters.
6'2", 213 pounds
Years in NFL: five
Status: Unrestricted Free Agent
Expiring Contract: One year, $1.35 million; $990k base salary, $100k signing bonus, $100k workout bonus, $160k in per-game roster bonuses
2015 Stats: 1-1, 4 yards; 3 rushes, -3 yards
Career Stats: 56-91 (61.5%), 721 yards, 1 touchdown, 5 interceptions; 8 rushes, 52 yards, 1 touchdown
Tolzien has been a member of the Packers organization for three years, ever since he was signed to the practice squad following the 2013 training camp. That season, he replaced the injured Aaron Rodgers and Seneca Wallace for a few games before Matt Flynn returned to Green Bay and reclaimed the primary backup job. Tolzien manned the third-string job in 2014, and was the Packers' primary backup for 2015.
He was re-signed last season to a one-year deal after reportedly drawing interest from some other quarterback-needy teams, and saw little action on the field this season. He enters the 2016 offseason ready to hit unrestricted free agency once again, and has done nothing to dissuade other teams from making a run at him.
With teams like the Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, and Los Angeles Rams having unsettled quarterback situations, it is feasible that one of them may choose to offer Tolzien a more lucrative contract and an opportunity to compete for a starting job. If that happens, Ted Thompson and company would be unlikely to match a bigger deal with second-year pro Brett Hundley waiting in the wings and showing great development last season.