Packers Were Also Interested in Josh Freeman

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Josh Freeman

Josh Freeman

The Green Bay Packers re-signed backup quarterback Matt Flynn yesterday. The New York Giants signed former Tampa Bay and Minnesota quarterback Josh Freeman today.

The Giants were interested in both of those guys. It turns out the Packers were too.

The Packers were going to take a look at Freeman if they couldn’t re-sign Flynn.

That’s pretty interesting considering Freeman was a first-round pick, a four-year starter with Tampa and has two 3,000-yard seasons and one 4,000-yard season under his belt.

What are we saying?

Well, Freeman obviously has (or had, perhaps) the ability to be a full-time starter in the NFL. Flynn, as you know, is pretty much a career backup at this point. And he’s pretty much a career Green Bay Packers backup for that matter, considering he can apparently only excel in Mike McCarthy’s system.

There’s nothing really wrong with that or the Packers’ move to choose Flynn over Freeman. Matt Flynn has helped the Packers win games. He’s not the kind of guy who can win a game by himself like Aaron Rodgers, though.

Is Freeman? Well, he certainly looked like he was at times during the 2012 season, when he threw for 4,065 yards and tossed 27 touchdowns.

Also seems like the kind of guy who would benefit from the tutelage of Mike McCarthy, quarterback guru.

What we are saying is, of the two choices, Freeman has the superior talent and upside.

Of course, that’s a moot point now.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

8 Comments on "Packers Were Also Interested in Josh Freeman"

  1. the real russ letlow

    the Pack said “no thanks” when Freeman was cut and available during last season. I’m not thinking the interest was that great now. Just doesn’t seem like a good fit.

    • Phatgzus

      Rich Gannon was one of the better QBs of his time, Alex Smith has turned out pretty well, he made Aaron Brooks a starter, even he had some good years. There are others as well. Plus, you can’t just discount one of the greatest QBs of a generation maybe of all time; sure Rodgers was going to be great almost no matter what, but he was t always and someone had to help teach him.

  2. pete d

    favre improved greatly under MM in 2007. MM really does know his shit when it comes to the QB position.

  3. 1265 Lombardi Ave

    Flynn knows the system already and even though Freeman’s potential/upside might be greater skill wise, that doesn’t mean that Freeman has the smarts to learn the “system.” Consistency wins out here with Flynn… we don’t need another case of the “Vince Youngs” this season.

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