While the fit for Flynn in Oakland is an obvious one, the opinions of his quarterbacking ability vary greatly.
On one hand, Flynn has started two NFL games—one in New England in 2010, and one vs. Detroit in 2011—and played great in both. He threw three scores and nearly beat the Patriots in Foxborough and then broke Packers franchise records in an aerial assault of the Lions to close out 2011.
But his inexperience is clearly an issue, and there's reason to wonder about the perception of his talent after a string of events over the last 12 months.
Not only did the quarterback-needy Miami Dolphins—led by former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin—pass on Flynn in free agency last offseason, but third-round pick Russell Wilson convincingly beat out the former seventh-round pick in an open quarterback competition in Seahawks camp last summer.
Flynn's ability level probably falls in between the two varied spectrums.
While Flynn probably won't consistently post the kind of elite numbers he did in two starts in Green Bay, he's better than a simple backup and deserves this chance to start.
At the very worst, the Raiders are getting an average-armed quarterback who makes smart decisions, knows the West Coast offense and can produce if put into the right situation. In the best case, Oakland has found a legitimate answer at quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Flynn (6'2", 225 lbs.) may not be an elite physical talent, but this trade does not come without value to the Raiders from a football standpoint.