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Report: Oakland Raiders to Acquire Matt Flynn from Seattle Seahawks


In a trade that shocks absolutely no one, the Oakland Raiders are set to acquire quarterback Matt Flynn from the Seattle Seahawks thus ending one of the most speculated about trade sweepstakes this offseason. The Alex Smith trade talks had been ongoing for sometime before he was dealt to the Kansas City Chiefs, but Flynn’s journey to Oakland is every bit as interesting.

First off, there’s the obvious story about Flynn, which is that he earned a massive payday from the Seattle Seahawks after playing in just one convincing game during his career with the Green Bay Packers. Flynn’s week 17 performance against the Detroit Lions in 2011 was apparently enough for the Seahawks to anoint him their multi-million starter.

The only problem was soon-to-be rookie sensation Russell Wilson beat Flynn out of the starting job in training camp and failed to give it up while leading Seattle to the NFC Divisional playoffs. With Wilson’s meteoric rise to the top of the NFL’s quarterbacking class, Flynn became increasingly expendable, especially with the large contract he was carrying.

Down in Oakland, the Raiders gambled big to get Carson Palmer and like with most things they do, it has failed miserably and expensively. The Raiders are now in a tough spot where they want to keep him on roster but not at the salary he’s due to make, which is slightly north of the $13 million dollar range. There’s also the Terrelle Pryor factor which complicates things further.

The Raiders are hoping by acquiring Flynn, they can decide which guy is best for the job by trading for him. Flynn is entering another situation where he could be usurped in training camp by a young, mobile quarterback but this time around he’s not battling an injury and may get a better shot to prove himself. But proving himself is something he still need to do, as many still aren’t sold on Flynn after seeing just one solid game out of him.

Oakland acquiring Flynn also potentially changes the face of the NFL Draft, as prior to this it was widely speculated that Oakland was keen on drafting West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. With Flynn in town now, that obviously won’t be the case but if Jacksonville passes on him, the rest of the Top 10 may have just gotten a little shake up thanks to the Raiders and Matt Flynn.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.adams.100 Kenneth Adams

    This is interesting could this be the second coming of rich Gannon or maybe even a ken stabler only time will tell. I sure hope so.

    • http://twitter.com/jdavhill Josh Hill

      Raiders fans could use some stability at quarterback. Gannon’s been the last solid guy they’ve had and that was now over a decade ago since he brought them to the Super Bowl. I’m not sure he’s there yet, but I agree, adding Flynn hardly hurts.

  • Cgoodness13

    What are they giving for him?

    • http://twitter.com/jdavhill Josh Hill

      Nothing more than draft picks, and they’d likely be conditional at that.

  • tbell11

    Now that QB Geno Smith has one less suitor, its looking like OT Lane Johnson will be available at 11 for us

    • http://twitter.com/jdavhill Josh Hill

      I have a feeling the Jaguars might make a snap decision and take Smith. From how unsure and uneasy they apparently are when it comes to Blaine Gabbert, I think that’s a move we could see. That’s just me though, and the question is has Gabbert been given enough time to show all he has with the Jags?

      • tbell11

        Yea I agree, but we need the Cardinals to take the first OG Chance Warmack in the top ten for us to get Johnson

  • stephan costa

    typical choke-land faiders move

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josh-Corrington/1591778390 Josh Corrington

      Oh that’s the first time I ever heard that one. Chokeland faiders. hahahah……….. FN idiot

      • stephan costa

        You should be used to it,dont get your pantys all bunched up lil girl

    • Brian Howden

      How original a$$hole

      • stephan costa

        Yeah I know! I love how chokelands front office screws.them every year and how whiney faider fans cry when the bum isnt the 2nd coming of kenny stabler or jim plunket. Lol Im only sad you girls didnt give up half your draft this time! Or that your gm didnt call it the greatest trade ever lmfao! Like I said, typical chokeland faiders, always good for a laugh!

  • Hawkman54

    If Flynn goes to Oakland , They will be very happy with Flynn as long as they have a average O-line and average Run game. Flynn is much better than most believe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603408740 Daniel A Martinez

    If we get Flynn, we can draft a stud DT in the 1st round, and bolster our offensive line in the later rounds. I hope it happens.

    • http://www.facebook.com/josh.hill.71653 Josh Hill

      I agree, trading for Flynn really opens up what the Raiders can do at No. 3 overall. Even opens them up to a possible trade that can help them stock up on picks as well. There’s lots to love about this trade haha

  • BajaJohn1

    Raiders are as bad as the Cowboys….but we keep hoping. Flynn might do well if he has a good O line like the one Romo needs.