Report: Raiders now linked to Flynn

Report: Raiders now linked to Flynn
March 26, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Quarterback Matt Flynn can be acquired for a fourth or fifth-round draft pick, according to a report. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

That didn't take long…

Ever since the notion that the Raiders could/would/should part ways with Carson Palmer began to pick up steam, I've wondered how long it would take for Matt Flynn to be linked to Oakland.

Remember, he's a former backup with Green Bay and, of course, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie would be familiar with him from their days together with the Packers, right? Well, CBSSports.com is reporting that the Raiders are "in the mix" for Flynn, who signed a three-year, $26-million deal with $10 million guaranteed with Seattle last offseason.

But Flynn lost the job to rookie Russell Wilson and is purportedly trade bait, albeit, with a reported $5.3 million remaining on his contract.

The report said that Jacksonville was the front-runner to land Flynn, but added the Raiders and Buffalo as potential parties to a trade.

But what would the Raiders give up for a unproven career backup who would be entering his sixth season?

The report intimated Flynn could be had for a fourth- or fifth-round pick. Oakland has seven draft picks, but none in the second or fifth rounds, though it does have extras in the sixth and seventh rounds. The Raiders do hold the No. 3 overall pick, but no doubt McKenzie would rather trade down for additional picks, rather than for a player.

Incumbent starter Carson Palmer is due base salaries of $13 million in 2013 and $15 million in each of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons after re-structuring his contract last season to give the Raiders salary cap breathing room last season and playing for the veteran minimum as his base salary. Keep in mind, though, the final two years of his deal void if Palmer is still on the Raiders' roster five days after the Super Bowl in February, 2015.

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So essentially, the Raiders are looking at paying $28 million in "real" money for two years with Palmer, short of a paycut.

And if the Raiders do cut him? They'd save $5.995 million against the cap for 2013, though he would still count as $9.334 million in dead money.

Plus, Oakland would have no real experience under center and they'd go from rebuilding to expansion-mode.

Enter the talk of Flynn, or Kevin Kolb, or Vince Young, to compete with Terrelle Pryor.

A four-year backup to Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, Flynn raised eyebrows in the Packers' 2011 season finale when he threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns on 31-of-44 passing in a 45-41 defeat of Detroit.