With the emergence of star rookie QB Russell Wilson last season, the Seahawks didn’t end up having much use for Matt Flynn, but maybe the Raiders will.
According to ESPN.com, the Oakland Raiders acquired Flynn in a trade from the Seattle Seahawks for two draft picks – a 2014 fifth-round pick and a conditional pick in 2015.
There’s no question that the quarterback position has been problematic for the Raiders in the last few seasons and with Carson Palmer reportedly being sent in a trade to Arizona, it looks like it’s a position that needs to be filled by a capable starter. And the Raiders think Flynn might be their guy.
“Matt is a tough football player, and a talented quarterback,” said Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie. “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. We’re going to let him compete and battle, and see what happens.”
After putting up impressive numbers in a few starts with Green Bay when filling in for Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn’s stock went through the roof and he received a sizable $26 million contract from Seattle. However, after Russell Wilson won the starting job with his performance in preseason, Flynn spend almost all of 2012 on Seattle’s bench.
We’ve seen what he can do in a good offense in Green Bay, but it’s hard to be sold on him as a premier starting quarterback, since we haven’t seen him play much in the last year. And let’s not forget that the Raiders don’t even half have the amount of offensive weapons that Green Bay, or even Seattle has.
But considering that Oakland didn’t have to give up to much to acquire him, the trade certainly has more upside than downside. However, if Flynn doesn’t work out at the position, unfortunately, Oakland doesn’t have a lot of other options. So, it appears that in that way, the Raiders are putting a lot of stock in Flynn as well.
Terrelle Pryor will also be competing for the job after getting limited playing time in 2012. Pryor has shown some promise, but like Flynn, hasn’t gotten many regular season game snaps. He threw for 155 yards and two touchdowns last season, but only completed 47 percent of his throws.
We’ll have to see how training camp and the preseason play out, but the acquisition of Flynn will more likely help the Raiders, who are currently listed at 75/1 to win the 2013 Super Bowl by Bovada. They’ll certainly need to improve in many more ways to be a true contender this year.