Thompson: Packers aren't shopping for QB

The GM remains fairly comfortable having two rookies behind Aaron Rodgers

Packers general manager Ted Thompson on Wednesday said the team wasn't scouring the free-agent market for a veteran quarterback to be Aaron Rodgers' backup.

Rookie second-round pick Brian Brohm, who has been getting the lion's share of the snaps behind Rodgers in practice, struggled during his preseason debut on Monday against Cincinnati. While seventh-round pick Matt Flynn performed better than Brohm — leading the Packers to a touchdown — most of his 12 completions were of the dink-and-dunk variety.

Still, Thompson sounded comfortable with the route he and coach Mike McCarthy have chosen to take.

"Someone asked me that question yesterday," Thompson said. "We're always looking at every position, because things happen in football. So, we're not not looking at them, but it's no more specific than at any other position that we have."

Thompson, though, acknowledged having two rookies backing up a starter with zero career NFL starts isn't necessarily ideal.

"Yeah, I don't know if you drew it up like this is the way you would do it, but this is the way it is," Thompson said. "We like our two young guys, and we think they are on a steady path here. Quite frankly, our coaching staff likes working with them, so we feel pretty good."

Thompson smiled and joked with reporters on Wednesday. It was a different personna than he showed on Thursday, when the Packers announced they had traded Brett Favre to the Jets.

"I don't know if relief is the right word," Thompson said, "but it's good to get back to football and be able to think about emergency lists and advance scouting and college scouting and doing our day-to-day job."

Should the Packers change their stance, the best available quarterbacks, according to Adam Caplan of, are Daunte Culpepper, Tim Rattay, Jamie Martin and Craig Nall. Culpepper was offered a contract by the Packers during the offseason, and Nall spent the end of last season with the Packers. Or, the team could wait until a veteran is released during final cutdowns.

Come back to late tonight for an update from the 6:30 p.m. practice.

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