The Green Bay Packers have a number of players that are about to become free agents when the NFL’s free-agency period begins next month. The free agent getting some of the least publicity is backup quarterback Scott Tolzien, who also happens to represent one of the more difficult decisions Green Bay will make this off-season.
It’s not as if the Packers have big question marks at quarterback. Aaron Rodgers is still fixated as the starter for the next decade or so and behind Tolzien is the young and talented Brett Hundley, a fifth-round pick out of UCLA last year.
Thus it’s not like the Packers have some crisis at the quarterback position — nothing could be farther from the truth. However, determining who is going to backup Rodgers is still an important decision. Right now, it looks like that player will either be Tolzien or Hundley.
The Question being is Hundley ready?
Hundley has all the tools and at one time was considered a potential first-round pick. He has good arm strength, is athletic and can make all the throws. He has struggled with accuracy and decision making, but with Mike McCarthy’s reputation, it’s safe to assume the Packers have done a good job of developing him.
For the past three seasons, the Packers have been developing Tolzien and even though he has not had to play any meaningful snaps since 2013, he has progressed nicely, even though for his career he has just one touchdown pass and five interceptions.
The big question that the Packers have to ask themselves is whether or not they believe Hundley could get them a win or two, if god forbid, Rodgers went down and missed a few games due to injury. That’s the important question because the Packers are contending for the Super Bowl every year and a loss or two is always costly when it comes to playoff seeding.
One more win this year would have given Green Bay home-field advantage against Arizona, which goes to show how important each game is.
It’s hard to determine exactly what Tolzien’s market might be, but you wouldn’t think it would be overly expensive to keep him. Yet, do the Packers even want to invest the $1-2 million it would probably to take to keep him when they have a capable talent already with the potential of filling that role?
In my eyes, that seems silly, but we will see what Ted Thompson decides in the coming weeks.
Prediction: If I had my guess, I’d say Tolzien walks. I just don’t think the Packers want to carry three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster this season and I think it’s time that Hundley takes the next step in his development, which will only happen if he gets reps in preseason games and practice.