enlighten me about franchise tagging Matt Flynn and trading him for picks...what's there to lose in doing this? Sounds like what happened with Matt Cassel.
Harrell expects Flynn to be a starter elsewhere
By Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel
Jan. 16, 2012 1:48 p.m. |(24) Comments
Green Bay - Packers third-string quarterback Graham Harrell has heard people talking about the possibility of the team putting the franchise tag on backup quarterback Matt Flynn and he's skeptical.
"I think if they franchise him heגll make $6 million more than Aaron (Rodgers) does," Harrell said. "I donגt know how thatגs going to work."
If the Packers do put the franchise tag on Flynn it would be with the intention of trading him, but the risk is probably too great because unless the team has a trade in place before the start of free agency, they'll be on the hook for a salary of roughly $14 million.
Most teams would prefer not giving up any compensation for Flynn, which is what would happen if they signed him as an unrestricted free agent. All it would cost them is a contract more lucrative than what everybody else is offering.
So it's likely most teams will just wait until he hits the market before making their bid.
Harrell thinks comfort will be a big part of Flynn's decision.
"Iגll be very interested to see where he ends up, not only just to see, but Iגm a good friend and I want him to end up in a good spot, a place where he can be successful," Harrell said. "I think wherever he goes, heגs going to make a team better.
"He is a great quarterback. Hopefully, whatever happens he ends up in a good situation. I think he has a chance be very successful."
Harrell, meanwhile, will take part his first Mike McCarthy quarterback school. Though he has finished the year on the active roster each of the last two seasons, he hasn't taken part in one.
His first year, he was signed after the camp was over and last year the lockout prevented the school from taking place.
"The off-season is all about learning, improving and continuing to learn," Harrell said. "It's just getting more comfortable with things. I havenגt really had the quarterback school and been able to learn the offense from the beginning. I think that will help."
Harrell said he fully expects the Packers to draft or sign another quarterback to compete with him for the backup job.
"You have to have three guys, I know that," Harrell said. "Competition is good and also it's good to have guys around, who learn together and develop together. You have to have more than two guys around, so thatגs just the business."