The Matt Flynn carrousel is one of the strangest in the NFL and rumors have been swirling that the Seattle Seahawks backup could be getting dealt to the Oakland Raiders. Seattle can afford to keep Flynn on their roster, but the club would save $3.25 million in cap space if they decided to deal the ex-Green Bay Packer.
As fate would have it, the Raiders current general manager is one of the men who was involved in drafting Flynn into the league back in the 2008 NFL draft. I may be digging a little deep considering Flynn was a seventh round pick, but Reggie McKenzie was a part of the Packers draft process and he is the current GM for the Raiders. With Carson Palmer refusing to restructure his deal to stay in Oakland, the guns in McKenzie’s holster are running out of ammunition rather quickly.
Prior to the Flynn talks, the Raiders were linked to taking West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the third overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. I for one would not touch Smith with a ten-foot pole as he simply lacks the tangibles that every starting NFL quarterbacks needs. The only issue with Flynn is that he is going to demand at least two draft picks and McKenzie is a product of a Packers system that prides themselves on drafting well.
The last time that the Raiders traded draft picks for a quarterback they were put behind the eight-ball thanks to a few mediocre seasons from Palmer.
It will be interesting to see what the Raiders do, but if Flynn does go to Oakland, McKenzie will be a huge reason why.