Inside Champs: Quarterbacks

We kick off our positional look at the Packers' offseason roster, starting with the quarterbacks. With Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers, the Packers are in great shape. But what are the options with Matt Flynn?

Here's our best-guess look at the depth chart on a position-by-position basis, starting with the quarterbacks.


Starter: Aaron Rodgers. Backups: Matt Flynn, Graham Harrell.

Comment: For the last couple years, Rodgers was a fantasy football coach's best friend, posting prodigious numbers most weeks. Only a concussion prevented him from becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to have 4,000-yard seasons in each of his first three years as a starter. He's also the NFL's all-time leader in terms of passer rating (98.4) and interception percentage (2.0). Since taking over as the starter, Rodgers ranks first in the NFL in 25-yard passes (110), second in yards per attempt (7.99), third in passer rating (99.4), and fourth in yards (12,394) and touchdown passes (86).

Now, the Super Bowl MVP has proven he's truly an elite player. With three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Super Bowl, Rodgers has thrown 13 touchdowns against three interceptions in five career playoff starts. The unflappable Rodgers made big plays early and late against esteemed coordinator Dick LeBeau's top-ranked defense. As long as he stays healthy, Rodgers will be just like Brett Favre in giving the Packers a chance to win every Sunday and every season.

What's interesting: Flynn, who has established himself as a starting-caliber player, is under contract through the 2011 season. Given his strong performance at New England, it might make sense to strike while the iron is hot and deal Flynn to one of the league's quarterback-hungry teams. Flynn might fetch as much as a first-round pick. However, with no collective bargaining agreement, players can't be traded. Whether they deal him or keep him, the Packers need to think about drafting a young prospect and/or signing a stopgap veteran. Harrell, the son of a legendary Texas high school coach, doesn't have the requisite arm strength but he's smart and has a great feel for the game.

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