Backup QBs: Who is a good fit in Green Bay?

Several players with starting experience are, or may become, available

If the Green Bay Packers decide they need a veteran backup to first-year starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, any such move would probably wait until after at least the first preseason game.

Rodgers needs as many snaps as possible to build chemistry and get comfortable in his new role, and the Packers will want to give Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn a decent chance to see if either is worthy of being the No. 2 as a rookie.

If neither Brohm nor Flynn prove up to the task, it's possible general manager Ted Thompson will scour the free-agent list to see who's a good fit in terms of West Coast skills, talent and willingness to take a back seat to Rodgers.

Some possibilities, from's Adam Caplan's list of top available free agents:

Trent Dilfer: Proved a quality player and mentor for Matt Hasselbeck in Seattle. Performed poorly, though, in six starts with San Francisco last season. Is 36 years old.

Tim Rattay: He got quality playing time for Tampa Bay in 2006, posting a passer rating of 88.2 with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Quinn Gray: The Packers showed some interest during free agency, but Gray signed with Houston. The Texans, though, released him this month. That's not a good sign, though he did throw 12 touchdowns against five interceptions for Jacksonville last season.

Craig Nall: Signed with the Packers after Rodgers was injured last season, and didn't embarrass himself in mopup duty against Detroit in Week 17.

— Daunte Culpepper: As a stopgap, he'd be a poor fit, since he thinks he has the goods to be a starter. Plus, his erratic arm isn't a match for the West Coast offense. But, if Rodgers were to suffer a season-ending injury, Culpepper is the most talented quarterback on the market.

In an e-mail, Caplan listed three quarterbacks who are employed but could be out of a job this fall:

— The loser of the David Carr/Anthony Wright battle to be the Giants' backup quarterback.

A.J. Feeley, the Eagles' No. 3 quarterback, has West Coast experience. If the Packers elected to acquire Feeley in a trade, he's under contract through 2010 and will make $900,000 this season.

Joey Harrington, if first-round pick Matt Ryan wins the Falcons' starting job.

Caplan said Feeley would be the best fit.

"Feeley can't be very happy being demoted to third-string and he would have a better chance of playing in Green Bay if Rodgers got hurt or struggled," Caplan wrote in his e-mail.

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