Matt Flynn

It’s a foregone conclusion that Matt Flynn will be the starting quarterback for someone other than the Green Bay Packers next season. Flynn will be a free agent in March and the good guys simply can’t afford him.

If the Packers were to franchise Flynn, they’d have to pay him $14 million per season, which is a hefty price for a backup quarterback. While he probably won’t get that on the open market, Flynn will cash in.

SI’s Jeff Diamond says Flynn will get $10 million per. While that may seem like a hefty sum for a career backup with only two starts, Flynn has seemingly proven his mettle.

He threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns against New England in 2010 and a team-record 480 yards and six touchdowns against Detroit in the 2011 season finale.

The rumored list of teams interested in Flynn are Miami, which hired former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as their head coach, followed by Washington, Seattle and Cleveland. The Raiders, reportedly, are the dark horse.

So do the Packers have any shot of keeping Flynn? Perhaps, if a magical scenario plays out.

The most likely possibility is a one-year contract, which would allow the LSU product to test the market again in 2013. For that to happen, Peyton Manning would have to be released by the Colts and sign with one of the aforementioned teams — most likely Miami — Washington would probably have to trade up in the draft to grab Robert Griffin III and Seattle and Cleveland would have to stand pat or draft a quarterback.

In other words, kiss Flynn and his old lady goodbye.

Hell, the guy has earned his shot and we’ll wish him well. We just hope he has the good sense not to sign with the Redskins.

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