Detroit Lions claim responsibility for Matt Flynn’s big contract: ‘We got him paid’

In 2011, Matt Flynn threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns (both franchise records) against a moribund Detroit Lions defense. On the heels of his historic performance Flynn signed a three-year, $25 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks.

Entering the Thanksgiving game between the Packers and Lions, Flynn is still a technically backup, and Detroit players haven’t forgotten how he earned his big contract.

“We got him paid, and I don’t know what his career’s done since then, but he’s obviously a capable quarterback,” Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy said. “He’s going to come in and probably he has good memories from us the last time, and we just got to come out and prepare and perform the way we’re capable of performing.”

Flynn will be the Packers’ fourth starting quarterback on the season. He won’t need to repeat his record-setting performance, but the Packers will need consistent production from the journeyman, as they try to stay afloat in the tightly-contested NFC North.

Packers have more starting QBs in 2013 than in past 21 years combined