Oakland Raiders Would Make a Mistake Trading for Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Flynn

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2013

The Raiders are a team reportedly interested in Matt Flynn, but that's not a great idea.
The Raiders are a team reportedly interested in Matt Flynn, but that's not a great idea.Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The Oakland Raiders are a team reportedly interested in swinging a trade for Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Matt Flynn.

That would be a lateral, if not horrible move for the franchise. 

This is the same Matt Flynn who lost his hold on the starting role last season before the season even kicked off—to a rookie. 

Regardless of that, the Raiders appear to have some interest in the backup, as reported by Jason La Canfora of CBS:

Several NFL sources have identified Jacksonville as the most likely destination for Seattle backup quarterback Matt Flynn, and the Jaguars are among the teams to talk to theSeahawks about a deal. Buffalo and Oakland are also in the mix, and though things have progressed slowly, sources said a trade could materialize before the draft.

Much of the "interest" by Oakland may hinge on the future of current starting quarterback Carson Palmer, who represents a $13 million cap hit in 2013. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Raiders are comfortable paying him that money—for now:


Would #Raiders pay Carson Palmer $13M for '13? From team source: They "will pay it for now." OK... Sigh. Waiting for better/cheaper option?

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 27, 2013


If the Raiders think they're going to find a trade partner for Palmer and his massive salary, they may as well just release him now and stop wasting everyone's time. It's doubtful he'll restructure, so head coach Dennis Allen and Co. need to make a decision. 

According to ESPN's Bill Williamson, the asking price on Flynn appears to be a fourth- or fifth-round pick, and he's mostly considered as a veteran backup at this point. 

As Williamson goes on to point out, the Raiders don't have a second- or fourth-round pick. 

If the team plans on cutting Palmer and finding a viable veteran to backup either Terrelle Pryor or a rookie, the front office has to look elsewhere rather than wasting another valuable draft pick to bring in Flynn. 

The Raiders don't have enough draft selections as is; blowing a fifth rounder on an unproven career backup would be a horrible move. 

It's one thing if the Raiders believe Flynn is a franchise quarterback, but that's simply an unrealistic thought at this point. He's going to be 28 years old in June and has never shown anything to think otherwise, minus one massive outburst during his time in Green Bay

Financially Flynn isn't worth it either. Oakland is in serious cap trouble thanks to the past regime. It's part of the reason the team might cut Palmer in the first place, despite the fact he threw for over 4,000 yards last season. 

With that in mind, it's hard to justify releasing Palmer, just to turn around and give up a draft selection to inherit Flynn's salary, which comes in at $5.25 million in 2013 (per Spotrac). 

The best option for Oakland at this point may to be dump Palmer and give the reigns to Pryor for a season on the chance his untapped potential can develop into something. Oakland holds the No. 3 overall pick, but with so many holes on the roster, other areas need to be addressed first if trading down doesn't come to fruition. 

Oakland isn't the only team vying for Flynn's services per the report, and Raiders faithful should be thankful for that. A bidding war between two seriously quarterback-needy teams in the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars would put the Oakland out of the race—which is probably what's best for the franchise. 

The Raiders don't need a quarterback like Flynn. They have Palmer if they want a stopgap to dabble in mediocrity for a season, and a promising youngster if they want to take a chance on Pryor.

Oakland's attention should be on Pryor or a rookie in the next few seasons, rather than on another team's used goods. 


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