Matt Flynn Traded to Oakland Raiders from Seattle Seahawks

Ethan GrantAnalyst IApril 1, 2013

After spending 2012 waiting in the wings behind rookie Russell Wilson, quarterback Matt Flynn has a new lease on his NFL life for 2013 and beyond.  

The Seahawks have traded Flynn to the Raiders, ending his short stay in Seattle while marking Oakland's latest effort to solve its inconsistent play under center. 


UPDATE: Monday, Apr. 1, at 1:27 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

The Seattle Seahawks officially announced the trade of Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders on their team website.

The Seahawks have finalized a trade that sends Matt Flynn to the Raiders for a pair of draft choices, it was announced this morning.

In exchange of the sixth-year quarterback, the Seahawks will receive a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and a conditional pick in the 2015 draft.


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Fox Sports' Jay Glazer first reported the news:

Seattle made Flynn one of its top priorities during the 2012 NFL free-agency period, signing him to a three-year contract worth up to $26 million, with $10 million guaranteed over the duration of the deal (per ESPN).

The high-priced deal came on the heels of a spectacular single-game performance by Flynn. In the Green Bay Packers' season finale in 2011, the impending unrestricted free agent threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns and secured himself a hefty raise in the process (per ESPN). 

Seattle fully expected Flynn to capture the starting role, but Wilson had other plans.

The rookie out of Wisconsin took head coach Pete Carroll and the Seattle coaching staff by storm in training camp and the preseason to win the job outright. Carroll's decision to go with Wilson paid immediate dividends, as the undersized signal-caller led the team to an 11-5 finish and a wild-card berth in the NFL playoffs.

After Wilson's rookie success, it became clear that Flynn would be wasting away on the Seattle bench if he were to remain with the team. The Seahawks informed Flynn in January (via Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole) that they would look for a potential trade partner, and it appears the Raiders emerged as the best situation for all parties involved.

Despite throwing just nine passes in three games of mop-up duty last season, Flynn is still regarded as one of the league's best young quarterbacks, He should thrive with consistent playing time.

Flynn didn't get a chance in Seattle, but he will have two years in Oakland to prove he is ready to be a full-time starter in the NFL.