Report: Packers will not place franchise tag on Matt Flynn

It’s not a matter of not wanting to franchise tag Matt Flynn before trading him, it’s a matter of not being able to for the Green Bay Packers.

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers simply don’t have the salary-cap room to make such a move – and they’d almost certainly need to have a trade worked out in advance to pull off such a plan.

The Packers have more than $113.3 million committed to their 2012 salary cap, leaving them about $7 million to handle a host of free agents, including tight end Jermichael Finley and center Scott Wells.

It’s going to be a tight fit for the Packers to get the business they need to complete done, and as Silverstein notes, the tag number for quarterbacks in 2012 will be $14 million. Yes, the Packers will probably do some housecleaning to clear up some room, moves that will be made no matter what, but not that many moves.

“It's not going to happen,” Silverstein writes.

The Packers might use the franchise tag, but it would likely be aimed at Finley, who has already said he would not be opposed to that. The tag for tight ends will be about $5.5 million.

There are a lot of things general manager Ted Thompson must consider, and extending the contract of quarterback Aaron Rodgers is one of them. Doing a tag-and-trade with Flynn doesn’t look likely.

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