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February 25, 2011
Packers in no hurry to trade QB Matt Flynn

It's quarterback day here at the scouting combine. But before diving into college stars like Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert - both of whom have yet to hold their media session - there also has been plenty of talk about veteran quarterbacks who may or may not switch teams this offseason.

One of them, Green Bay's Matt Flynn, played very well in one start - his only career start - in 2010 but has a dim chance at becoming a permanent starter as long he's behind Aaron Rodgers. Flynn is young, a winner, knows the West Coast system and has benefited from being under quarterbacks guru Mike McCarthy.

And of course, Packers general manager Ted Thompson today said he wanted Flynn to remain with the Packers. "His future is to be on our team," Thompson said. "That's our plan right now. Again, that would be some sort of hypothetical that some team would call and do this and that. We don't deal in those kinds of things. We assume he's going to be on our team."

That's what you would expect a GM to say. Even if Thompson were open to trading Flynn, admitting so would only reduce Flynn's value.

Another quarterback 49ers fans have shown *some* interest in, Nate Davis, also was discussed today. At the end of the season, the 49ers made no effort to retain Davis and he was snatched up instead by the Seahawks. Seattle GM John Schneider characterized Davis as a developmental quarterback.

"Yeah, we acquired Nate late in the season," he said. "He had a great preseason with the Niners. So he's just coming into this thing. He's kind of eyes-wide-open right now. It was an opportunity for us to look at another guy."

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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