Report: Seahawks, Raiders close to deal for Matt Flynn
Negotiations seemed to be moving quickly on Friday as Seattle Seahawks general manager Reggie McKenzie nearly had a deal in place with Oakland Raiders. The only holdup to the deal was in anticipation of Matt Flynn signing off on a pay cut. The Seahawks in turn will receive two second-round draft picks in compensation for Matt Flynn in the trade.
The 27-year-old Matt Flynn was expected to be a long-term answer at quarterback when the Seattle Seahawks signed him to a three-year, $19.5 million contract ahead of the last season. But Matt Flynn lost his starting job to the Seattle Seahawks’ third round pick in the 2012 NFL draft, quarterback Russell Wilson. Matt Flynn played only 34 snaps while completing 5-of-9 passes for 68 yards and zero touchdowns in three games last season. Meanwhile Russell Wilson had a Pro Bowl season, starting all 16 games en route and leading the Seattle Seahawks to the NFC divisional round.
The Oakland Raiders signed Matt Flynn as a free agent from the Green Bay Packers in 2012. Originally selected in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL draft out of Louisiana, Matt Flynn previously spent four seasons with the Green Bay Packers. Matt Flynn has started only 2 of 37 career games while completing 87-of-141 passes for 1,083 yards, five interceptions and nine touchdowns.
Matt Flynn is scheduled to make $5.25 million in base salary for 2013, with $2 million of the sum guaranteed. In 2014 Matt Flynn’s base salary will increase to $6.25 million.
The Seattle Seahawks could end up freeing $3.25 million in salary cap space, while having Matt Flynn’s $5.25 million salary off the books as well if a trade with the Oakland Raiders pulls through.
The trade could mean the end of veteran quarterback Carson Palmer’s tenure in Oakland after spending just two seasons with the team. Carson Palmer started 15 games, while throwing 345-of-565 passes for 4,018 yards and 22 touchdowns last season. He was scheduled to make 13 million in base salary during 2013, but the Oakland Raiders wanted Carson Palmer to take a $3 million pay cut and return on a restructured contract. So far, negotiations talks with Carson Palmer have not gone in a positive direction, and he is reported to land with the Arizona Cardinals for next season.
Matt Flynn is expected to compete with third-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor for the starting job with the Oakland Raiders.
But incase talks with Carson Palmer fail and the Oakland Raiders reach nowhere on the Matt Flynn trade, the team is already looking at free agent Kevin Kolb as a fall back option, according to league sources.