Matt Flynn traded to the Raiders, Colt McCoy traded to the 49ers, Carson Palmer heading to the Cardinals

There's a huge game of musical chairs going on with mediocre quarterbacks

4/2/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Aug 30, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn (15) warms up prior to the game against the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY SportsA few small QB moves have set off a mini-flurry of trades involving mediocre NFL quarterbacks.

The first domino to fall was the Browns signing Jason Campbell. He'll compete with Brandon Weeden for the starting job in Cleveland, which made Colt McCoy expendable.

The Browns turned around and traded McCoy to the 49ers to back up Colin Kaepernick, along with a 6th round pick in exchange for the 49ers' 5th and 7th rounders.

The Raiders traded for Matt Flynn, whom the Seahawks signed last year for big money, only to watch him sit on the bench behind rookie sensation Russell Wilson.

With the Raiders acquiring Flynn, it looks like Carson Palmer's days in Oakland are definitely numbered, which is what he wanted in the first place.

The Raiders are close to a deal with the Cardinals that would send Palmer to Arizona to be their starting QB. Palmer is reportedly already negotiating with the Cardinals, possibly to restructure his contract, which would currently pay him $13M this season. The Cardinals almost certainly would like to pare that number down a little bit to a more reasonable number.

In the middle of all of this, former Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb signed with the Bills. He'll compete for the starting job there, but they'll still most likely be looking for a QB in the draft, where they have the #8 overall pick.

None of these are huge moves, but it's probable that at least a few of these guys will see substantial playing time this year, particularly Flynn and Palmer.

Will any of them revive their career with their new team? Or is this just another example of NFL teams just trying to polish a giant turd?
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4/2/13   |   pbs19   |   1 respect

How do you define mediocre? Everyone outside of Brady, Rodgers, the Mannings, Brees, Roethlisberger, Wilson, Luck, RG3, and maybe Kaepernick?

We know nothing about Flynn. He's clearly interesting enough for a team to bring him in as their probable starter. And it's certainly possible that Palmer has a Warner-esque stint with the Cardinals. He's a pretty good fit for Arians' system and has the best receiver in the game to throw to.

And this is no "huge" round of QB movement. Happens every year. Perhaps it's happening in a smaller timeframe this year because the market isn't as saturated with veteran QBs as it normally is.

The story right now (if there's any story) is which teams didn't make any moves and are still in need of a starter. That shows their hand heading into the Draft.

4/2/13   |   Jess   |   34876 respect

I'm glad to see Flynn go somewhere that he'll get playing time. I'm not sure how he'll be, but at least we'll get to find out. Good luck to him.