Packers Have Tough Decision to Make with Scott Tolzien

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.

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Stroh

Nothing difficult about Tolzien as far as I can tell. He goes to FA and if he gets a chance to compete for a starting job w/ another team, he’ll sign w/ them. If nothing comes to fruition for a starting opportunity, the Packers might be interested in signing him to another contract. Just sit back and let it play out…

Either way Hundley is ready for a bigger role next year and will likely be a fairly hot commodity next year and be trade bait.

Only question is… Are the Packers going to be interested in bringing Tolzien back if he doesn’t get a chance to compete to start. Its hard to see the Packers wanting to carry 3 QB on the roster again. But cross that bridge after the draft if Tolzien is still on the market.

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chris peterson

See my point is that if you believe he is good enough to start somewhere (I don’t) do you want to get rid of him? Hundley is talented, but raw. Do you feel he can win games right now? If he builds on what he did and makes a bigger jump, then yes maybe he can. We all know how one injury to a QB can ruin a season. The Packers owe it to themselves to treat backup QB with importance and that’s why I don’t think it’s that easy

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Mark Battaglia

From the tone of your article, I get the impression that you didn’t watch Bret Hundley play during the last pre season. His play was outstanding and I believe the Packers were on the verge of making him the #2 back-up but decided on the safe bet and keeping 3 QBs. With one whole season on the scout team and the off-season program, there’s no question in my mind that Tolzien is a Brown, Bill, of Cowboy next year.

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chris peterson

Actually I have watched basically every snap he took. Lots of guys can look good against third and fourth stringers. Guys who never play a snap in the league have done that. He played well at times but is still a raw prospect. But ultimately I do think Hundley is backup of present and future.

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Stroh

IIRC Hundley had the best QB rating for the preseason. Something to be said for that. He made dramatic improvements in his mechanics and ability to read the D. If your saying it was only against bottom roster players, that may be true, but the same was true of Hasselbeck, Brunnell and Aaron Brooks. Whatever the case Hundley was very impressive in the preseason last year and you simply can’t write it off so easily!

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