Just a few things to add from our the previous post concerning the Packers placing the franchise tag on quarterback Matt Flynn in order to work out a sign-and-trade for draft pick compensation.
Once again this move could be risk for the Packers because the team may not have as much leverage in the trade market as they like because of the $14 million in guaranteed salary they would owe their backup quarterback if a trade is not facilitated.
Other NFL teams know the Packers have no intention of ever paying Flynn that salary, therefore he must be traded which results in a loss of leverage for Green Bay.
Another issue that affects the team’s leverage is the fact that afer Flynn signs the franchise tender, which will be almost immediately, he can effectively force a trade to a destination that is preferable for him because he would need to agree to sign an extension with whatever team agrees to trade for him.
If Flynn doesn’t want to play for a particular team, he simply has to refuse to sign an extension and the deal would be dead, because just like the Packers, no team, no matter how desperate they are for quarterback help, is going to pay him $14 million in base salary for the 2012 season.
So again, General Manager Ted Thompson could hit a home run by tagging and trading Flynn but it’s risky because of the lack of leverage.
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