Even with the recent trade for Matt Flynn, the Oakland Raiders aren’t satisfied with their situation at quarterback.
According to Bryan May of KTXV 10 in Sacramento, the Raiders have a visit scheduled with free agent quarterback Seneca Wallace, formerly of the Cleveland Browns. They’re expected to host the nine-year veteran sometime this week.
More than likely, the Raiders are looking at Wallace as “bargain bin” depth at the quarterback spot. Considering that they only have Flynn and Terrelle Pryor currently on the roster, it makes sense to bring in another passer who can compete during training camp.
The 32-year-old Wallace spent 2012 out of the NFL after falling victim to the Browns’ final round of roster cuts. He played in Cleveland the two previous seasons, starting seven games and compiling a 3:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
According to May, Wallace wants to play another two or three seasons before hanging up his cleats for good. If he’s serious about seeing the field, there isn’t a much better team to do it with than the Raiders. Flynn is far from a proven starter and Pryor is one of the rawest quarterbacks in the league. Considering his starting experience and ability to run the read-option offense, it’s not outside of the realm of possibility for Wallace to win the starting gig in Oakland.
Wallace is also slated to meet this week with the Seattle Seahawks, the team that brought him into the league. If signed by the Seahawks, he would compete for a backup spot behind rising star Russell Wilson. The situation with the Raiders, however, could force Wallace to pass on his former employer.
It’ll be interesting to see what comes of Wallace’s visit with the Raiders brass. He might not be any sort of long-term solution in Oakland, but he could be just the stop-gap the team needs to get them through the 2013 campaign and into position to draft a franchise quarterback in 2014.
If the Raiders really are interested, Wallace better seize the opportunity while it’s still available.