According to John Breech of CBSSports.com, Matt Flynn is no longer an Oakland Raider. After Flynn was traded away from Seattle for a few draft picks in April, he'll most likely be moving on to his third team since heading to the Seahawks as a free agent in March 2012.
It seems that the Raiders coaching staff couldn't even put a finger on what it was that Flynn was missing, but Dennis Allen explained it this way to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez:
Adam Schefter explained Flynn's release on Twitter:
As @SI_JimTrotter reported, Raiders have released QB Matt Flynn.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 7, 2013
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
But, alas, all is not lost for the former Flynn-to-Wynn superstar who made his name backing up Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, even setting all-time Green Bay records in both passing yards (480) and touchdowns (six) in his start that ended the 2012 regular season against the Lions. It's apparent that Flynn has some skill, but unfortunately it seems like another classic case of a backup who had one amazing outing who wasn't really ready for a starting job.
With leverage usually stacked with the teams, it is rare to see a non-superstar "win" the business of football. Matt Flynn has.— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) October 7, 2013
Being released from Oakland should be a positive thing for Flynn. Seattle and Oakland obviously didn't work out, and he had other quarterbacks who were hot that just outplayed him. Being released right now will give Flynn the opportunity to head to a team like Cleveland or Jacksonville that doesn't have any real, viable options at QB and take over, at least until the end of the season. If he had waited until the end of the season, all of the teams in trouble would've had time to find other solutions. This way he can go somewhere that needs immediate help and work up from there.
Is Matt Flynn Better Off Without Oakland?
Flynn has the tools to get the job done. He won a BCS Championship with LSU in 2008 and put on a ridiculous show in Green Bay on that fateful day against the Lions. Heck, he wasn't THAT bad in the NFL either, though he hasn't played much. In his career he's had an average rating of 90.7, with over 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns, without ever getting much of a chance in Oakland or Seattle.
Matt, it's never fun to be let go from anything. Being released from an NFL franchise would be terrible, but Flynn will win out in the end. He'll find a team that's desperate for a QB, he'll get to finish out the season and, if he plays well enough, he might be able to earn a starting spot for next year.
If not, he'll have to move on to Flynn-to-Wynn chapter five.