Plenty of speculation could still surround the Oakland Raiders’ quarterback situation just a few weeks or even a few days before the start of the 2013 NFL regular season, but the uncertainty with Carson Palmer and Matt Flynn situation is coming to an end.
The Seattle Seahawks announced the move Monday morning to trade Flynn to Oakland in exchange of a fifth-round pick in next year’s draft and a conditional draft choice in 2015.
Flynn, 27, doesn’t have very much on his résumé. He’s appeared in 37 contests with just two career starts and completed 87 of 141 passes (61.7 percent) for 1,083 yards with nine touchdowns to five interceptions and a 92.0 QB rating in five NFL seasons.
The 6-2, 225-pound quarterback was selected in the seventh round (No. 209 overall) by the Green Bay Packers in the 2008 NFL Draft out of LSU after becoming the Offensive MVP of the BCS National Championship against Ohio State on January 7, 2008.
He saw very limited action in four seasons with the Packers (2008-11), but that didn’t stop him from leaving the team with a ring as a Super Bowl XLV champion and winding up in the record books, as he passed for the most yards (460) and touchdowns (six) in a single game in franchise history in the thrilling 45-41 victory in Week 17 of the 2011 season over the Detroit Lions.
Oakland’s adjustments of his contract suggest that the team definitely will have a spot on the roster for Flynn in 2013, as his guaranteed money is increasing from $2 million to $6 million for the upcoming season, per Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com.
“We’re going to let him compete and battle, and see what happens,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said of Flynn in the team’s press release. “We know Raider Nation wants a team that can compete for the playoffs year-in and year-out and we’re putting in the necessary work right now to make that happen. This is one of the many decisions in that process.”
McKenzie also added that Flynn has plenty of potential, but still lacks much experience. “I’ve known Matt Flynn since 2007 and scouted him before and after he entered the NFL,” McKenzie said. “Matt is a tough football player, and a talented quarterback. He will get the opportunity to compete to be a starter with the Raiders. I believe Matt has that potential, but I also know he hasn’t had enough experience.”
Coach Dennis Allen also mentioned that the trade for Flynn doesn’t demonstrate a lack of confidence in Terrelle Pryor and that the former Ohio State star signal-caller could still wind up with the starting job with an impressive display during the offseason.
“I think we still feel positive about giving Terrelle Pryor an opportunity to compete and specifically having a package of things that he can do really well and giving him an opportunity,” Allen said. “So I don’t know that there’s a whole lot that’s changed as far as the mindset of what we feel like we can do offensively.”
Reports suggest that Carson Palmer will be traded soon to the Arizona Cardinals for a late-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.