Reporters who showed up this morning looking for some clarity on whether or not the Green Bay Packers will franchise coveted, soon-to-be free agent quarterback Matt Flynn left the podium disappointed.
A man of few words, Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson stayed true to his ways, politely dodging repeated questions about what his team will do with the reserve quarterback.
“I don’t talk specifically about any of our guys that may or may not be free agents, and I certainly wouldn’t speculate on what our plans may be,” Thompson said.
Asked to talk about Flynn as a quarterback, Thompson still wouldn’t budge.
“Well, he’s from East Texas, and I’m from East Texas as well, so that’s a good thing,” joked Thompson. “Yeah, Matt is a professional. He does a good job. But again, our policy is to try and keep all of our players. So I’m not going to stand here and tell all of the 31 other teams what I think about Matt.”
With Thompson not providing much insight, Seattle general manager John Schneider, who worked for Thompson at Green Bay, said that his former boss was the one that scouted Flynn at LSU.
““We all liked him as a player,” Schneider said. “Ted had gone there (to LSU to scout him) and he really liked the competitor. We’d actually drafted (Brian) Brohm in the second round. He (Flynn) was just a guy that came in on Day 1 with a swagger.”
And that’s about all we got before Schneider realized me might be breaking league tampering rules by talking about Flynn.