Packers don't put franchise tag on FlynnWisconsin Sports
-- Matt Flynn’s agent says the Green Bay Packers have decided not to put a franchise tag on him, in an effort to get something for him in a trade with another team.
GREEN BAY - Matt Flynn’s agent says the Green Bay Packers have decided not to put a franchise tag on him, in an effort to get something for him in a trade with another team.
Flynn has been Aaron Rodgers’ backup for the last four years – and as an unrestricted free agent, he’s expected to start shopping on March 13th for another team that could make him a starter.
NFL rules don’t prohibit teams from putting a franchise tag on free agents for the purpose of trading them – but the league discourages the practice. Flynn’s agent Bill Johnson said it would have reduced the number of teams interested in acquiring him. And if the Packers franchised him and failed to trade him, they would have had to pay him $14-and-a-half million this year. Johnson said Thompson used a sense of fair play – but it’s possible the GM just couldn’t find a suitable trade for Flynn.
The Packers could get a compensatory draft pick, depending who Flynn signs with – and how he performs next season.
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