Robert Griffin III and Peyton Manning Killed Packers’ Chances at Trading Matt Flynn
The deadline for franchising players has come and gone without the Packers tagging Matt Flynn. While Ted Thompson may have worked hard to complete a trade that would provide a team with exclusive negotiating rights to Flynn, it appears that Robert Griffin III and Peyton Manning ultimately killed the market for Flynn.
The four most likely suitors for Flynn’s services are the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks. All four have also been mentioned as potential landing spots for both Griffin and Manning.
With Manning probably set to be cut later this week and the Rams officially auctioning off the second pick in the NFL Draft, it is likely that these teams were reluctant to commit trading for Flynn with decent shots at what they may consider better options. By agreeing to a trade with the Packers, the team that did so would be eliminating themselves from RGIII and Manning sweepstakes too prematurely.
It will be interesting to see which team decides to “settle” for Flynn and at what cost. Those four teams are the most quarterback-needy behind the Indianapolis Colts who will be drafting Andrew Luck with the first pick of the draft. The four teams are likely competing for the three quarterbacks, Flynn, Manning, Griffin. The market for these quarterbacks will get wild as soon as the first team makes their move, whether it be signing Manning or Flynn, or impressing the Rams enough to work out a deal pre-draft.
Many fans are upset and frustrated by the fact that the Packers didn’t tag Flynn and now the highest compensation the team could is a third rounder in 2013. These fans have been quick to blame Ted Thompson for missing an opportunity to snag more draft picks this season.
After the deadline passed, rumors circulated that the Packers were unable to work a deal with the Browns or Dolphins, forcing their decision to let Flynn hit the open market. If this is the case, it appears Thompson was working hard to get a deal done, but that the Packers didn’t feel the value they would receive was enough to take the risk of having to pay Flynn significantly more money than Aaron Rodgers.
Instead of the blame falling on Thompson, it is important to realize that the market for Flynn isn’t as strong right now in early March as it would be if it were not for the Rams offering up a chance to draft Griffin and the Colts most likely letting the NFL’s only four-time MVP go.
For Packers fans, the best case scenario for the team is Flynn signing with an AFC team (either the Dolphins or Browns) and having a ton of success. With impressive play, Flynn would likely earn the Packers the highest compensation pick, at the end of the third round.
Instead of being upset at the long-shot chance for a second-round draft pick that didn’t happen, Packers fans can take solace in the fact that they have the position solidified with the games’ best in Aaron Rodgers.
Michael is a sports writer currently attending Seattle University. You can follow Michael on Twitter .