Grading Matt Flynn Trade to Raiders

By Zach Kruse, Bleacher Report featured columnist

The Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks have completed a trade that will send quarterback Matt Flynn to Oakland in exchange for a pair of draft picks.

Flynn, who turns 28 years old in June, would have been a pricey backup for the Seahawks. He’s now a cheap starter for the rebuilding Raiders.

CLICK HERE and you’ll see how we grade the entirety of the deal, from the fit in Oakland to the price and potential risk.

    Breaking Down What Flynn Trade Means for Raiders

By Christopher Hansen, Bleacher Report AFC West lead writer

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.

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. READ MORE

    What Does Flynn Bring to the Raiders?

By Christopher Hansen, Bleacher Report AFC West lead writer

The Oakland Raiders have a very unstable quarterback situation going into the 2013 season and moved a step closer to stabilizing it with a trade with the Seattle Seahawks for quarterback Matt Flynn.

Flynn will bring stability to the quarterback position, buy general manager Reggie McKenzie time to find a franchise quarterback and allow the Raiders to pass on a quarterback with the No. 3 overall pick.

Although Flynn himself will not excite fans, he’s better than people think and McKenzie knows him well from their time together in Green Bay. READ MORE

    Matt Flynn and the Face of the New Oakland Raiders

By Kyle Staff, Bleacher Report contributer

Big-armed, tall, flashy, high draft-pick… all words describing an Oakland Raiders quarterback (see Russell, Jamarcus).

However, none of these words characterize Matt Flynn, the latest in a long list of men tasked with bringing glory back to the Silver and Black (via USA Today). Flynn, a former seventh-round draft pick, has never had a strong arm and he’s anything but flashy. But in Green Bay, he made as big an impact as one can have while holding a clipboard for Aaron Rodgers.

Flynn has the opportunity to be the face of the “new” Oakland Raiders. A team that doesn’t draft players based on skills that would make them good Madden players. READ MORE

(Copyright 2013 CBS San Francisco & Bleacher Report. All rights reserved.)


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