Franchise Flynn? Forget About It

On the surface, it would make sense to do a tag-and-trade for Matt Flynn, but that's not going to happen. We tell you why.

Under the old collective bargaining agreement, teams could lock up two of their unrestricted free agents by using the franchise tag and transition tag.

Under terms of the new CBA, teams are armed with just one of those tags, and that makes it highly unlikely the Green Bay Packers will use their lone tag on quarterback Matt Flynn.

Teams have until March 5 to name their franchise/transition player, but The Sports Xchange's Len Pasquarelli reports that people close to Flynn don't think the Packers will tag the player who threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in his second career start on Jan. 1.

There's a good reason for that. More on that later.

In a possible tag-and-trade deal for Flynn, the compensation comparables are Matt Cassel and Kevin Kolb.

In 2009, the Patriots named Cassel their franchise player before dealing him to the Chiefs for a pick early in the second round (No. 34 overall). After the lockout ended, the Cardinals acquired Kolb from the Eagles for a second-round pick and maddeningly inconsistent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

By comparison to Cassel and Kolb, Flynn is inexperienced. Cassel started the final 15 games for New England in 2008 after Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury. Kolb started seven games in his first four seasons with Philadelphia. Flynn's started just two games.

Nonetheless, there's no reason to believe he'd fetch anything less than a second-round pick in a trade. That's more than the best-case scenario for a free-agent compensatory pick. Those picks are based mostly on salary, with the best possible pick being an extra selection at the end of the third round.

There are two major challenges to using a tag on Flynn.

First, they'd miss out on using it on a player they'd like to retain, such as tight end Jermichael Finley and center Scott Wells.

Second, the franchise number for a quarterback is projected to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $14.5 million.

According to Packers salary information provided to Packer Report by a source, the Packers have about $113 million allocated to the cap for 2012. The cap is projected to be around $120 million. Thus, giving Flynn the franchise tag would immediately put them over the cap — and that's before any decisions are made on free agents Finley, Wells, Jarrett Bush, Ryan Grant, Howard Green, Pat Lee and Erik Walden.

A few other notes

— A source told Packer Report that John Kuhn most likely sustained a sprained MCL — the same injury that kept Greg Jennings out for the final three games of the regular season. While more testing needed to be done, Kuhn will heal without surgery. The injury, however, will prevent him from playing in the Pro Bowl.

— Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and quarterbacks coach Tom Clements will interview for Tampa Bay's coaching vacancy this week, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Philbin also is on the radar in Miami and Oakland. The Raiders remain interested in assistant head coach/inside linebackers Winston Moss and possibly safeties coach Darren Perry, though no interviews have been set.

T.J. Lang, who battled through his father's sickness and eventual death, was voted the Packers' winner of the Ed Block Courage Award. All 32 teams pick a player, with the overall winner to be named on March 13. For more information on the award, click here.

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