The Oakland Raiders are among three teams who have contacted the Seahawks about trading for backup quarterback Matt Flynn, sources tell CBSSports. The other two teams are the Bills and Jaguars, and Jacksonville appears to be the frontrunner at this point.
Flynn, who backed up Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay for four seasons, signed a lucrative three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Seattle last offseason, only to be benched in favor of Russell Wilson. Wilson completely took over the reigns, leading the Seahawks to the playoffs and leaving Flynn in the dust.
Now, it seems as if the Seahawks are looking to deal Flynn to give him the opportunity to have more playing time elsewhere, similar to how the 49ers traded away Alex Smith.
Logically, the Raiders would be formidable destination only if they release Carson Palmer, who is apparently unlikely to take a pay cut and is owed $13 million next season. Cutting Palmer is not a far-fetched option, and if they do, Oakland will have to look elsewhere for a starting quarterback if they don’t trust the inexperienced Terrelle Pryor.
That “elsewhere” might just be Matt Flynn. Stay tuned, because this is going to get very interesting.