Go West! Matt Flynn leaves Seahawks for Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders

Richard Moore examines one of the big off-season quarterback trades in the NFL with Matt Flynn moving to AFC West team the Oakland Raiders.

The Oakland Raiders have today traded two draft choices to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for the services of quarterback Matt Flynn, and are looking to trade current starter Carson Palmer according to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, who broke the story via his twitter account: ‘OAK has traded 2 picks to Seattle for Matt Flynn, will sign papers on it this AM & now trying to finalize Carson Palmer to AZ for late pick’.

As part of the deal the Seahawks receive both a 2014 pick and a 2015 conditional pick from Oakland in exchange for Flynn, according to NFL Network’s Albert Breer.

Flynn was signed to a three-year, $19.5 million contract last offseason by Seattle, and was widely expected to start; only to lose out to Russell Wilson following the latter’s impressive display in training camp. Wilson would go to take the Seahawks to the divisional round of the playoffs; narrowly losing out to the number one seeded Atlanta Falcons.

Now in Oakland, Flynn will face competition (I challenge you to say that with a straight face) from Terrelle Pryor and Matt Leinart, but as was the case in Seattle, is once again expected to be the starting quarterback. To date, Flynn has just two career starts - starting for the Packers in 2010 against the New England Patriots and again in 2011 against the Detroit Lions, a game in which he set franchise records with 480 yards passing and six touchdowns.

Through his first five seasons, Flynn has attempted just 141 passes, completing 87 (61.7 percent) for 1,083 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions.

Entering his sixth season at age-28, Flynn now has the unenviable task of learning his third different offense in as many seasons.

Oakland made the decision to sever ties with Palmer, a man who’s signing was serenaded by then head coach Hue Jackson’s famous, (or infamous) "Greatest Trade in Football” line, following reports the former stoutly refused to restructure a contract that would have brought the quarterback $13 million in 2013.

Palmer was acquired by Oakland during the 2011 season for first and second-round draft picks, but has come to represent nothing more than an expensive failure, during his ill-fated stint in the ‘black hole’.

During his tenure as starter in Oakland, Palmer had a pretty woeful 8-16 record, while throwing 35 touchdowns against 30 interceptions.

Whether or not Flynn proves to be the franchise quarterback Oakland has been in dire need of for so long, is open to question, as any success/failure will largely hinge on his capacity to get consistent production out of his supporting cast.

Do this, and there’s every chance he’ll go some way to enhancing the fortunes of a team that’s been nothing more than a running joke these past few years.

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