Oakland Raiders Should Choose Kevin Kolb over Matt Flynn

With Carson Palmer appearing to be on the way out, the Oakland Raiders have been connected to two replacements so far—Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Matt Flynn, and free agent Kevin Kolb. 

Palmer, last year's starter, is unlikely to remain with the Raiders much longer. The Raiders asked him to cut $3 million from the $13 million the team is set to owe him in 2013, but he balked at the offer. According to Yahoo, Palmer would rather be a backup on a winning team than start for the Raiders:

The quarterback's decision, according to three sources familiar with Palmer's mindset, is based on a sense that Oakland's prospects for success in 2013 are so bleak that money is no longer the predominant factor in his thought process.

We've been down this road with Palmer before. 

To counter this, the team has been exploring options to replace Palmer. According to Adam Caplan, Oakland is exploring the idea of signing free agent Kevin Kolb, who was recently released by the Arizona Cardinals as the team couldn't afford his massive salary:

In addition to having interest in Seahawks QB Matt Flynn, the Raiders have discussed the possibility of signing QB Kevin Kolb.

— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 29, 2013 Outside of Kolb, the main move the team seems to be intent on making is trading for Matt Flynn. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Raiders are close to sealing a deal that would send a 2013 and 2014 draft selection to Seattle in exchange for Flynn:

I'm hearing, unless something crazy happens, the Flynn-to-Raiders trade won't be officially consummated today. But 2 sides are nearly there

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 29, 2013 The problem for Oakland is that one of these deals is much, much better than the other. Which deal the team chooses to roll with will say a lot about the new management in place as the rebuilding efforts continue. <...

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