PFT The “imminent” trade involving Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn appears to be with the Raiders, who would cut Carson Palmer once a deal gets done. The Seahawks are deep in talks with Raiders on a Flynn trade, sources told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The last holdup appears to be that the Raiders want to take one more shot at trying to convince Carson Palmer to take a pay cut and stick around on a revised contract. But Palmer is reportedly dead set against taking less from the Raiders, so it will apparently be Flynn who’s leading the Silver and Black in 2013. In fact, the Flynn deal is close enough to done that some of Flynn’s teammates in Seattle are already saying goodbye. Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin wrote on Twitter, “Wishing Flynn best in Oakland. Excited for his opportunity. Great QB, even better man.” Assuming the deal gets completed, Palmer will become an unrestricted free agent, and the speculation will immediately begin that Arizona could be his next home.
Reports on twitter now confirm that the trade is done. Matt Flynn will be the new starting quarterback of the Oakland Raiders, and Carson Palmer will be cut from his expensive contract and will be looking for work.
It’s a great trade for the Seahawks, Flynn succeeded in this system when he was Aaron Rodgers’ backup quarterback with the Green Bay Packers, where he also worked with current Raiders head coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie .
This also removes another team from the Geno Smith sweepstakes, and the West Virginia signal called (and all the quarterbacks in this draft class) could find themselves in a slide come draft day, I would advise not attending.
The rebuilding phase continues in Oakland, but this regime now has their quarterback, which is of course the most important piece. They are still a few years away from putting a good enough team around Flynn to win games and get into playoff contention, and a strong draft in April will really help, he could use some targets in the passing game for starters.