Oakland Raiders Would Make a Mistake Trading for Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Flynn

The Oakland Raiders are a team reportedly interested in swinging a trade for Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Matt Flynn.

That would be a lateral, if not horrible move for the franchise. 

This is the same Matt Flynn who lost his hold on the starting role last season before the season even kicked off—to a rookie. 

Regardless of that, the Raiders appear to have some interest in the backup, as reported by Jason La Canfora of CBS:

Several NFL sources have identified Jacksonville as the most likely destination for Seattle backup quarterback Matt Flynn, and the Jaguars are among the teams to talk to theSeahawks about a deal. Buffalo and Oakland are also in the mix, and though things have progressed slowly, sources said a trade could materialize before the draft.

Much of the "interest" by Oakland may hinge on the future of current starting quarterback Carson Palmer, who represents a $13 million cap hit in 2013. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Raiders are comfortable paying him that money—for now:


Would #Raiders pay Carson Palmer $13M for '13? From team source: They "will pay it for now." OK... Sigh. Waiting for better/cheaper option?

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 27, 2013


If the Raiders think they're going to find a trade partner for Palmer and his massive salary, they may as well just release him now and stop wasting everyone's time. It's doubtful he'll restructure, so head coach Dennis Allen and Co. need to make a decision. 

According to ESPN's Bill Williamson, the asking price on Flynn appears to be a fourth- or fifth-round pick, and he's mostly considered as a veteran backup at this point. 

As Williamson goes on to point out, the Raiders don't have a second- or fourth-round pick. 

If the team plans on cutting Pal...

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