GREEN BAY, Wis. Now available to the highest bidder: The Green Bay Packers' all-time leading passer, quarterback Matt Flynn.
As the deadline passed at 3 p.m. CST, the Packers opted not to use their franchise tag and Flynn is officially an unrestricted free agent.
With NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers in his prime and coming off his best season, there was no room for Flynn to play in Green Bay. However, Packers general manager Ted Thompson could have used Flynn as a trade asset. That would have required Thompson to slightly bend the rules by using the franchise tag on Flynn and then trading him. This is frowned upon by the NFL, but is not illegal and happens commonly.
But, that did not happen, and now Flynn is free to sign with any team he chooses. The best that Green Bay will receive in return once Flynn signs with another team is a compensatory pick in the 2013 draft, which will likely be in the third round.
Though Flynn has only started two games in his NFL career, one of those two star...