McCarthy Hoping Flynn Returns

Upon his return to Green Bay, Matt Flynn led the Packers to a pair of unprecedented comeback wins.

Two weeks into free agency, quarterback Matt Flynn remains unsigned.

Hopefully, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on Tuesday, that will change and Flynn will return to the team he helped bring back from the brink last season.

"I'd like to have Matt back," McCarthy told reporters at the NFL meetings in Orlando, Fla. "I thought Matt was a good addition to our football team. I have great respect and admiration for him, just being around him a lot on a positional basis. Yeah, I'm hoping financially it works out."

Flynn's agent, Bill Johnson, returned an e-mail from Packer Report on Tuesday but sidestepped a question about contract talks with the Packers or other teams.

Flynn bombed in Seattle and Oakland and couldn't stick in Buffalo during a brief stint with the Bills last season. Green Bay and Flynn, however, go to together like a horse and carriage.

Facing two-score deficits in the second halves of games against Minnesota, Atlanta and Dallas, Flynn rallied the Packers to a tie and two wins. The Packers had been winless in that circumstance during McCarthy's tenure. The 23-point comeback at Dallas matched the largest rally in franchise history. Once he settled in, he led Green Bay to 37 points in a win at Dallas and 31 points in a loss to Pittsburgh.

In five games, Flynn threw seven touchdown passes, four interceptions and compiled a passer rating of 86.1.

"Do I like Matt Flynn in the quarterback room? Absolutely," McCarthy said. "Not only Matt as a player, but there's value he has. He's been there, he's got experience, his relationship with Aaron. He carries a lot of value. That's added value. But also you have to continue to improve. How do you improve? Competition."

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