Wait! Is this a Packers blog? The answer is no, but the fallout of the Packers extending tight end Jermichael Finley has broad-sweeping implications on the Matt Flynn sweepstakes, and thus the Seahawks.
In January I speculated that the Packers would probably franchise tag Flynn. Later in January I explained that I believe that the Dolphins may have an informational advantage when it comes to Flynn and my personal mancrush on Ryan Tannehill. The Seahawks only real advantage is financial, with a whole bunch of cap room and a deep-pocketed owner.
They may need those deep pockets, and more of that cap room than they’d previously wanted if they plan on signing Flynn.
The idea that Flynn would simply hit free agency always seemed flawed. Good quarterbacks just don’t hit free agency. Drew Brees is a huge exception, and perhaps the best free agent signing ever.
That’s not to say that this is the end of the line for the potential that Flynn will or will not be franchised. The franchise tag is expensive. If Flynn actually played 2012 under the franchise tag he’d cost about $14 million. The idea though, of course, is that the Packers would be able to trade Flynn after tendering him the franchise tag (assuming he didn’t sign it). This doesn’t help Flynn out by any means, but he’ll still be able to negotiate a huge extension in all likelihood.
The biggest obstacle between Matt Flynn and free agency was Jermichael Finley. Jermichael Finley is under contract now. Bad news for Hawks fans.