Matt Flynn Rumors: Raiders Would Be Smart to Trade for Seahawks QB

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 09:  Quarterback Matt Flynn #15 of Seattle Seahawks throws in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field on December 9, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders are currently engaged in ongoing trade talks with the Seattle Seahawks for quarterback Matt Flynn—a savvy move that would be beneficial to the franchise in 2013 and beyond.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer on March 29, the two sides were getting close to a deal:

Then on March 31, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported:

The two teams have haggled over draft-pick compensation, with former Green Bay colleagues Reggie McKenzie and John Schneider, now the General Managers of the Raiders and Seahawks, respectively, twisting each other’s arms to get the best possible deal.

Obviously, no deal has yet been struck. 

This potential trade could still fall through, but Oakland would be smart to make sure that doesn't happen. 

The argument against Flynn as a starter is that his body of work is minute. In five years as a pro, Flynn has only started two games—splitting the two with a record of 1-1. He's only attempted 141 regular-season passes, completing 61.7 percent with nine touchdowns and five interceptions.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie knows what he's getting in Flynn, as he was a member of the Green Bay Packers front office before coming over to Oakland. He's seen Flynn up close and personal in training camp, in practices and in team meetings—an inside perspective most teams don't have.

He's also a savvy negotiator who isn't willing to make a hasty deal, but it's clear he is interested in Flynn as a potential starter for the Raiders in 2013. 

Terrelle Pryor is the team's only quarterback at this time not named Carson Palmer. Palmer won't likely be with the Raiders in 2013, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, who recently wrote, "multiple people around the league believe that Palmer will never take another snap for the Raiders."

Pryor is loaded with potential, but he's just as raw a player as Geno Smith, who will likely be the top quarterback taken in the 2013 NFL draft. 

Adding Flynn to the team's roster would allow Oakland to get rid of Palmer—by trade or by simply releasing him—and move on without him this season without worrying about whether or not Pryor is ready to handle the load.

It would also make McKenzie's job a lot easier when the Raiders select their first-round draft pick with the No. 3 overall pick of the draft. Oakland has many holes to fill, and there are some blue-chip defenders at the top of the draft worth taking over any quarterback.


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