According to Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports, the Oakland Raiders are interested in Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn and its “legit”. Flynn was signed by the Seahawks in last year’s free agent period to a three-year, $19.5 million deal, after appearing in a week 17 start against the Detroit Lions where he threw for 480 yards and an impressive six touchdowns–both Green Bay Packers records.
Silver also states about subsequent starter Terrelle Pryor, saying, “there is much organizational skepticism about the former Ohio State standout.” When you add in that Oakland and current quarterback Carson Palmer are at odds, the pieces seem to fall together that Flynn could potentially be traded to the Raiders.
Seattle would most likely demand a third or fourth round pick in exchange for Flynn. Given that Oakland only has six available draft selections in this April’s draft, and that Flynn’s contract will count for $5.25 million against the salary cap, the move may not be the wisest for G.M. Reggie McKenzie at this point in time.
Signing Flynn, Oakland would inherit a remaining two years and $11.5 million contract, when what would make the most sense is using that money on a quarterback in the draft for less than that amount. Without a second round pick, if people like Mike Glennon, E.J. Manuel, Tyler Wilson or even Ryan Nassib by chance fall to the third round, it could be more beneficial for the Raiders to wait and take their chances on those possibilities.
What is peculiar is McKenzie recently saying Pryor will get a chance to start and head coach Dennis Allen affirming his talent pronouncing, “He’s obviously somebody that we’ve got to take account of and know that he’s a guy that can create things.”
It’s no rumor that Oakland is rebuilding and fans expect a down year. Many fans, including myself, are excited to see more of Pryor’s speed and athleticism. Furthermore, Raiders fans support Pryor. In a highlight reel of Flynn’s performance against Detroit, a fan said, “I’d rather go 1-15 with Terrelle Pryor and wait for 2014′s draft class. If the fans are ready to gamble with Pryor and run the risk of losing big this season, then I can’t fathom why the front office isn’t down with that notion. This offseason is saying to all QB needy teams to just wait.”
In Pryor’s one start last season, he threw for a 150 yards while rushing for 49 with a touchdown. He had two passing touchdowns with one interception on 13 of 28 attempts in a loss against the San Diego Chargers. Although bleak and unimpressive numbers, what is most inspiring about Pryor is his drive to get better.
Pryor was very critical of himself in his post-game interview saying, “I don’t like to lose. I missed some throws I could have made, I was surprise on some of the throws I had where my wrist was pretty stiff just trying to get it out to seam… So I’m going to try and perfect that in the offseason. When I threw the pick, it was the same thing. I had a stiff wrist and I wasn’t prepared for it and I should have been… I screwed it up I felt like… You can’t take it back, but you can learn from it.”
With Oakland’s salary cap situation, Flynn’s hefty contract while only having one career start, and having a plethora of other needs scattered throughout the team – it might be best for the Raiders to push the breaks on this notion.
Jonathan Comeaux is an Oakland Raiders writer for RantSports.com. Follow him/her on Twitter @JonCX525, “Like” him/her on Facebook or add him to your network on Google