By Rich Tandler
Since Redskins fans are interested in virtually every twist and turn involving the quarterback market, allow me to pass along conflicting reports/rumors involving one particularly hot prospect.
The subject is whether or not the Packers will put the franchise tag on Matt Flynn, their backup quarterback who had a spectacular performance filling in for the resting Aaron Rodgers. A famous (or notorious, if you prefer) Twitter rumor source who goes by Incarcerated Bob tweeted over the weekend that the Packers will tag Flynn with the intention of trading him. From my experience, Bob has had a few big hits but quite a few misses in his reports.
But then on Sunday, a considerably more reliable source came out with a report to the contrary. Adam Schefter of ESPN said that Green Bay would likely use its franchise tag on tight end Jermichael Finley and let Flynn hit the open market. The situation could change, of course, if Green Bay and Finley agree to a new contract before he hits the open market.
There are pluses and minuses to each situation for teams interested in Flynn, which could include the Redskins. The franchise tag would mean that the Packers would ask for a draft pick and/or players in return for allowing Flynn to sign elsewhere. That could lower the demand for his services and depress the value of his contract. An open market for Flynn could drive up the bidding making the annual salary cap hit for his services much higher.