If Matt Flynn is in another uniform next season, what kind of compensation can the Packers get for him?
The 2012 draft is a good one for quarterbacks. But if Flynn reaches free agency, someone will pay him huge money to be their starter and the Packers will receive only a 2013 compensatory pick, which can't be higher than a third-round selection.
Green Bay could place the franchise tag on Flynn, a move that would pay him $14 million in 2012. That could be tricky, though, with Aaron Rodgers slated to make $8 million in 2012.
If Green Bay tagged Flynn, they'd only be doing so to eventually trade him. Back in 2008, the Packers placed the franchise tag on defensive tackle Corey Williams, then traded him to Cleveland 10 days later for a second-round draft choice.
There's also some precedent for teams tagging one quarterback when they already have a superstar at the position.
In 2009, the New England Patriots placed the franchise tag on Matt Cassel even though they had Tom Brady. The Patriots eventually traded Cassel to Kansas City for the 34th-overall pick in the 2009 draft.