NFC NORTH

NFC North: Packers lose Flynn to Seattle, but bigger news should be Wells to Rams

Posted Mar 19, 2012

The big news coming out of Green Bay over the weekend was back-up quarterback Matt Flynn signing a three-year, $26 million contract with the Seahawks.

Anytime a franchise loses a capable back-up quarterback it's a hit to the roster, but the bigger news out of Green Bay should have been the loss of Pro Bowl center Scott Wells to the Rams. Wells signed a four-year, $24 million deal.

Wells' departure leaves the Packers and their multi-schemed offense without a legitimate starter at center.

Now the Packers have to decide if Evan Dietrich-Smith - Wells' back-up last season - can fill the role as a full-time starter or if they need to address the position in free agency or the draft. The Packers have been quiet in free agency thus far, but may now have to ramp up their efforts to find a new anchor for their offensive line.

The Packers gave up 41 sacks last year, 11th-most in the league.

It was expected that teams would be interested in Flynn this offseason because he's been a steady back-up in a good system, but he certainly peaked more interest after a 480-yard, six-touchdown performance against the Lions in Week 17.

Around the NFC North:

What's left in free agency?
Vic Ketchman - Packers.com

Seattle signs Flynn to three-year deal
Tom Silverstein - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Prospect Irvin also would bring baggage to Bears
Brad Biggs - Chicago Tribune

Marshall's friends paint brighter picture of personality
Vaughn McClure - Chicago Tribune

Bears lock up Steltz with two-year contract
Larry Mayer - Chicagobears.com

Emery gets creative preparing for draft
Jeff Dickerson - ESPNChicago

Vikings sign former Dolphins RB Lex Hilliard
Jeremy Fowler - Pioneer Press

Erin Henderson vents on contract: 'I'm not even asking for big money'
Tom Pelissero - 1500ESPN

Frazier says Vikings still shopping
Sid Hartman - Star Tribune