Matt Flynn Rumors: Raiders Need Trade to Avoid Terrible Situation at QB

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 04: Matt Flynn #15 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up before a game against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on November 4, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Matt Flynn is not a great fit for the Oakland Raiders at quarterback, but his acquisition would help the team avoid being forced into an even more unsavory option at signal-caller. 

This is a good thing for the Raiders because chances are Flynn will be heading to Oakland. 

For several days, rumors have been popping up that a deal between the Raiders and Seahawks for Flynn is close, and it still appears likely.

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported on Sunday that "the widespread belief for now is that the trade will indeed get done, and that it will happen soon."

The Seahawks signed Flynn in free agency last offseason. It was widely believed he would take over starting duties for the team. However, that was before anyone realized Russell Wilson was capable of being an amazing NFL quarterback.

Flynn is a luxury as a backup, but he is not an ideal one for the Seahawks. He carries a cap hit of a combined $15.5 million over the next two seasons.

That is a nice deal for a starter, but it's pricey for the backup of an entrenched starter.

Now, every team in the league knows that the Seahawks are in this position with Flynn, yet they aren't falling over themselves to trade for the 27-year-old. 

This is undoubtedly because skepticism remains high about Flynn's ability to be a legitimate starter in the NFL. 

In his five NFL seasons, Flynn has two starts with 141 attempts and a completion percentage of 61.7 percent. He has solid accuracy but a below-average arm, and at 27, he lacks the experience most teams would want when finding a starter. 

As the Raiders are currently constructed, the strength of the receiving corps is the speed of Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford. Flynn's skill set is not one that could fully utilize this speed. 

However, the Raiders don't need to make this trade because Flynn will be their long-term answer at quarterback. They need to make this trade to avoid being saddled with a worse situation at the position. 

Carson Palmer makes way too much money for what he is: an aging, mistake-prone quarterback who amassed too many of his stats in garbage time. 

He also does not appear to want to be in Oakland—as USA Today's Mike Garafolo reports. 

In other words, it is time for the Carson Palmer era in Oakland to come to an abrupt end, which leaves Oakland with very few options.

The Raiders could roll with Terrelle Pryor. 

This is an exciting option, as Pryor is supremely athletic and showed some signs of promise in his lone start last year.

However, the franchise is not convinced he can carry the load. Check out this tweet from the Oakland Tribune's Jerry McDonald

I'm all for the Raiders giving Pryor a shot to prove them wrong, but in case they happen to be right, there has to be a viable option. 

With the free-agent market for quarterbacks nearly barren, this leaves the Raiders to either trade or draft someone to compete with Pryor.

Sitting at No. 3 in the draft, the Raiders would undoubtedly have a chance to draft Geno Smith, who is almost universally heralded as this class' best signal-caller. However, Smith is a flawed quarterback, and it would be a reach to take him at No. 3.

The Raiders have far too many holes to overdraft a quarterback who may never have the consistency needed to be a starter in the NFL.

So we are back to the trade for Flynn. It is not an ideal situation, but at this point, it is the lesser of all evils.

This would give the Raiders the ability to be patient while identifying their quarterback of the future, and Flynn's contract situation isn't one that is going to tie this team down for years to come.