About six months after trading for quarterback Matt Flynn, the Oakland Raiders have released the former Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers backup signal-caller, according to Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated:
BREAKING: The Raiders have released QB Matt Flynn, according g to source.— Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter) October 7, 2013
ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed Trotter's report:
As @SI_JimTrotter reported, Raiders have released QB Matt Flynn.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 7, 2013
Head coach Dennis Allen later spoke about the move at his Monday press conference (via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN).
This move is not surprising, as Flynn was stuck behind Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin on the Raiders' depth chart.
Flynn, who many believed would win the starting quarterback job, was unimpressive in the preseason and lost the battle to Pryor. Entering the lineup after Pryor's concussion in Week 4, he went 21-of-32 for 227 yards with a touchdown and an interception that was returned for a touchdown. The Raiders lost the game to the Redskins 24-14.
Will Flynn ever be an NFL starter?
This continues a trend of misfortune for Flynn since his move from Green Bay.
In 2012, the Seahawks inked Flynn to a three-year deal worth $26 million, including $10 million guaranteed. Most expected Flynn to be the quarterback of the future.
Rookie Russell Wilson had a different plan, however. After being drafted out of Wisconsin in the third round by the Seahawks, Wilson earned his way into the Week 1 starting role and never looked back.
After Wilson's breakout season, Seattle shipped Flynn to Oakland for two late-round draft picks.
While it would be a nice luxury for Oakland to have Flynn as a backup option, he is making too much for a third-string option.
Schefter adds a little more insight along those lines:
All together, Seahawks and Raiders paid QB Matt Flynn a combined $14.5 million the past two seasons for one start.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 7, 2013
Meanwhile, CBS Sports' Will Brinson shared this thought on Flynn:
When Joe Philbin - Matt Flynn’s former coach - passed on him in free agency that should’ve been a message to everyone else.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) October 7, 2013
As for the quarterback's future, he'll have to find a franchise that suits his skill set more than his previous two stops. Flynn is more of a classic West Coast offense quarterback. He has mediocre mobility, and he's at his best when throwing short and intermediate passes.
Flynn isn't likely to be out of work for long. While he has very little game experience in his career, he did flash his potential in the opportunities he did get as the backup behind Aaron Rodgers with the Packers.
With a few teams, including the Jacksonville Jaguars, searching for an answer at the quarterback position, chances are good that Flynn will end up on another NFL roster sooner rather than later.