By Steve Corkran
Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 11:24 am in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders acquired quarterback Matt Flynn from the Seattle Seahawks on Monday in exchange for two future draft picks.
The arrival of Flynn is coupled with the expected trade of Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals for a late-round draft pick.
The Raiders dealt a 2014 fifth-round pick and an unconditional draft pick in 2015 to the Seahawks for Flynn. It’s likely that the Raiders will recoup a late-round pick for trading Palmer.
Palmer was the unquestioned starter last season. Flynn isn’t being handed the job, general manager Reggie McKenzie said.
“Matt is a tough football player, and a talented quarterback,” McKenzie said in a press release. “He will get the opportunity to compete to be a starter with the Raiders. I believe Matt has that potential, but I also know he hasn’t had enough experience.”
Flynn has started only two games in his five NFL seasons. He spent his first four seasons backing up Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. Last season, he appeared in only three games for the Seahawks after being beaten out by rookie Russell Wilson.
McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen said they want competition at every position. Therefore, Flynn is going to compete against second-year player Terrelle Pryor for the starting job. Pryor started one game in his first two NFL seasons.
Trading for Flynn and moving on from Palmer has just as much to do with money as it does anything. Palmer is slated to earn $13 million in base salary this season. Flynn carries a $5.25 million price tag for this season.
The Raiders save approximately $6 million by jettisoning Palmer, though Palmer counts $9.34 million against the cap because of the unaccounted for prorated portion of his 2012 signing bonus.
Flynn, 27, gives general manager Reggie McKenzie a quarterback of his choosing and one that he is familiar with from the four years he spent with Flynn in Green Bay as members of the Packers from 2008-11.
McKenzie inherited Palmer and Pryor from the previous regime that was led by head coach Hue Jackson.
Jackson engineered a midseason trade for Palmer in 2011 that cost the Raiders a first-round pick last year and a second-rounder in this year’s draft. The Raiders won only eight of the 24 games that Palmer started.
Flynn is six years younger than Palmer, far less expensive and someone eager to show that he is talented enough to be a full-time starter in the NFL.