The Green Bay Packers signed tight end Jermichael Finley to a two-year, $14 million deal Wednesday. According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, this "opened the option" to put the franchise tag on backup quarterback Matt Flynn and trade him. As the paper points out, though, if a trade doesn't work out or if Flynn can't figure out a contract with a new team, the Packers will be stuck paying him $14.4 million.
"The tag is looking like a real possibility," the paper reports. "A front office executive for an NFL team said the league doesn't discourage tag-and-trade strongly enough to prevent the Packers from doing it with Flynn if they think it's their best move."
The deadline for franchising a player is March 5.
The 26-year-old, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2008 draft out of Louisiana State, has appeared in 34 games over the past four seasons, completing 82 passes for 1,015 yards and nine touchdowns along with five interceptions.