Breaking Down What the Matt Flynn Trade Means for Oakland Raiders

Carson Palmer was getting paid too much in 2013, Terrelle Pryor wasn’t ready to take over as the starter and the 2013 NFL draft appears to lack a great option at the quarterback position. The Oakland Raiders had no choice but to make a move if they couldn’t get Palmer to take a pay cut.

It took a weekend of talks, but the trade between the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks that sends quarterback Matt Flynn to Oakland will be finalized once the paperwork is signed today according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports. The Raiders announced the trade was for a 2014 fifth-round draft choice and a conditional pick in 2015.  

Flynn’s addition will have an extensive impact on the Raiders present and future. The team’s draft plans, their cap space, Pryor’s development and even the future of the leadership in Oakland could all be significantly altered based on the trade. The importance of the quarterback position can’t be understated.

With the Flynn trade being finalized, the Raiders are also working on a deal that would send Palmer to the Cardinals according to Glazer, presumably for a late-round draft pick. Palmer reportedly refused to take a pay cut to $10 million with the Raiders, but will end up making $8 million with the Cardinals according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Flynn has also agreed to re-work his contract according to a tweet by La Canfora, which will give the Raiders additional cap space. The Raiders will take a significant cap hit by trading Palmer, but will still save nearly $6 million according to figures. Flynn’s contract was already more reasonable and any adjustment will likely just be to maximize cap flexibility over the next two years.

Trading Palmer will also get his contract off the books for next season, which will give the Raiders even more resources to continue to rebuild a talent-depleted roster. The Raiders had to cut bait P...

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