The Green Bay Packers have decided that Scott Tolzien is ready to take over the reigns as the teams backup quarterback behind Aaron Rodgers.
Tolzien agreed to terms on a 1-year, $1.35 million deal on Saturday night (first reported by WTMJ-TV’s Lance Allen). He’s expected to sign the deal before the start of free agency on Tuesday.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the Packers informed Matt Flynn on Sunday that they were going with Tolzien and would not resign him.
Tolzien has been with the Packers since early in the 2013 season, signing the former Badger after the Packers cut Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman.
Tolzien has played in three games with the Packers, getting two stats in 2013 when Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone. He threw for 717 yards, one touchdown and five interceptions, finishing with a quarterback rating of 66.8.
The Packers still have two important free agent decisions to come before the start of free agency on Tuesday.
What do they do at right tackle with Bryan Bulaga, who could get a deal on the open market that would pay him between $7 million and $8 million.
If the Packers were to go to $7 million for Bulaga, it would make him their highest paid offensive lineman. He played in all 19 games last season, but injuries forced him to miss 17 games in 2013, nine games in 2012 and five games in 2011.
The Packers also must decide what to do at cornerback too. Both Tramon Williams and Davon House will hit free agency tomorrow, unless the Packers prevent one of the two from getting there.
The 25-year-old House would appear to be the Packers top choice. But if they can’t get him to return, then they would likely try to bring back the 31-year-old Williams.