Matt Flynn Won’t Be Getting the Franchise Tag from the Packers

Quarterback Matt Flynn is unlikely to get the Packers franchise tag and be traded according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Silverstein has calulated the Packers would have to fit in the $14 million one-year tender for Flynn by releasing players.

For all those who think the Packers can put a franchise tag on QB Matt Flynn and then trade him, consider that the Packers would have to fit in the $14 million one-year tender by releasing players.

They also would need to have a deal in place with Finley so that he could not walk away an unrestricted free agent. So, to do the Flynn maneuver, they’d have to sign Finley (and the others) AND find a way to clear $10 million to $14 million off their cap.

It’s not going to happen.

Putting the franchise tag on Finley, however, is not a problem. The franchise number for tight ends is expected to drop from $7.3 million in 2011 to about $5.5 million due to the change in how the figure is calculated under the new collective bargaining agreement.


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