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Raiders Close to Trading For Matt Flynn

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora has indicated on Twitter that a trade is nearing completion between the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders that would rejoin QB Matt Flynn with Oakland GM Reggie Mackenzie. NFL Network is reporting that Oakland first wants to try once more to get QB Carson Palmer to take a pay cut. Flynn’s two starting performances with the Green Bay Packers earned him the free agent contract last year, passing for 731 yards, 9 TDs and 2 INTs in a 2010 road game against the New England Patriots and a home game against the Detroit Lions.

For the Seahawks, this would be a strictly a money-saving move. They like Matt Flynn and he had a good command of the offense. However, $5.25m is a lot for a back-up quarterback.

For Oakland, Flynn is a quarterback that actually wants to play for them. I’m not criticizing Carson Palmer, because I absolutely understand why Carson – who retired due to lack of faith in the Cincinnati Bengals organization – isn’t going to subject his body to punishment if he doesn’t think his team will be competitive. Ironically, Matt Flynn backed up Jamarcus Russell at LSU in college.

This shall impact the rest of the league, should the trade go through. I could see Kevin Kolb signing with the Buffalo Bills, Rex Grossman signing with the Chicago Bears, and Carson Palmer signing with the Arizona Cardinals, all pretty quickly. All of those quarterbacks have more starter potential than Brady Quinn, Colt McCoy, or any of the other quarterbacks available (unless you believe Ryan Mallett is acquirable with a 2nd-round choice).

The most interesting guy out there is Vince Young. He looked like he’s finally grown up at the Texas pro day. He could be the kind of back-up that could actually keep a postseason contender in contention, with his strong arm and mobility.

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