Per CBS’s Jason La Canfora, the Raiders are one of three teams, along with the Jaguars and Bills, to show a willingness to trade for Seahawks backup Matt Flynn:
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 the Seahawks 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.
Flynn, of course, is the poor sap who signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract with the Seahawks as a free agent last year with the presumption he would be the team’s starting quarterback. Then he was passed over for third-round draft pick Russell Wilson, who went on to do ridiculous things on the football field that only sealed Flynn’s fate as the backup.
But based on La Canfora’s report, Flynn could be a hot commodity for a second straight offseason, this time on the trade market and on his way to finally being a starting NFL quarterback. Unless of course he gets traded to the Jaguars and Blaine Gabbert plays unexpectedly out of his mind to secure the starting gig. In which case, jeez—poor Matt Flynn just can’t catch a break.
The timing of the report is interesting. It was just the day before reports indicated Carson Palmer wasn’t willing to restructure his $13 million contract for next season, which could portend impending unemployment for Palmer. Flynn, by contrast, is due $5.25 million in base salary this season and by far is a better option than Vince Young.
[via CBS Sports]