When Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie traded for Matt Flynn in the offseason, he imagined that he would be the starting quarterback in 2013.
What he probably didn’t imagine was having to cut him just five weeks into the season.
The Raiders released Flynn on Monday after he struggled mightily in his only start this season with the team. Filling in for the injured Terrelle Pryor, who snatched the starting job away from Flynn during training camp and the preseason. Flynn completed 21 of 32 passes for 227 yards, but was sacked seven times, fumbled once, and threw an interception for a pick-six in a 24-14 loss to the Redskins.
Flynn was demoted to third-string following the game, and now
he is gone entirely.
“I don’t know exactly what the reason was for why it didn’t work,” head coach Dennis Allen told CSN Bay Area. “It just didn’t work. Terrelle came in and took over the job. He’s earned the position that he’s in. We felt like it was best to move on from that.”
It will be hard to move on given that the Raiders owe Flynn $6.5 million this season, money that will be wasted.
For now, undrafted rookie Matt McGloin is the Raiders’ backup quarterback, although they may look to the free-agent market to sign a more experienced backup.