The Raiders have finalized a deal that will bring in Seahawks backup QB Matt Flynn to Oakland. Flynn was signed by the Seahawks last season for three years, $19.5 million; he was the favorite to be the Hawks’ starter in the 2012 season, but was outplayed by rookie Russell Wilson in the preseason. Wilson started all 16 games for the playoff bound Seahawks.
Seattle will receive a fifth round pick in the 2014 draft, as well as a conditional 2015 draft pick pending the performance of Flynn. Carson Palmer is expected to be dealt to the Arizona Cardinals in due time. Flynn will thus compete against Terrelle Pryor in training camp and throughout the preseason, although Flynn’s salary suggests he will be the favorite to start.
Matt Flynn threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns for the Packers in a Week 17 shootout against the Lions in 2012. He was given the opportunity as the Rodgers-led Packers had already clinched a one seed in the NFC playoffs. He became a highly sought-after free agent following this performance.
Russell Wilson is Seattle’s only quarterback under contract, so expect the Seahawks to look at backups in the late rounds of the upcoming draft.