Yahoo! Sports reporter Michael Silver dropped quite a bombshell Thursday morning when he cited sources that said Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer may prefer a backup role on a contending team than take a paycut and start for the Raiders.
In the same article, he also noted that there is “much organizational skepticism” in Terrelle Pryor, the other quarterback on the Raiders roster who many have called on to replace Palmer should the veteran be released.
In his only career start, Pryor threw for 150 yards, completing 13/28 passing attempts for two touchdowns. He also ran for 49 yards and a touchdown in a 24-21 loss to San Diego last season.
However, it looks like if Palmer is cut, the Raiders will pursue other options, such as trading for Seahawks backup quarterback Matt Flynn.
Silver reports that the Raiders have “legitimate interest” in trading for Flynn, who is being shopped around by Seattle and would take as little as a fourth round pick to acquire. The Jaguars and Bills are also interested in Flynn, but Jacksonville is unlikely to pursue a trade.
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.
Could you imagine a year ago if I told you that Matt Flynn may become the next quarterback of the Silver and Black?