Flynn was demoted on Wednesday after a pitiful Week 4 performance in the Raiders’ 24-14 loss to the Washington Redskins. While his stats (227 yards, one touchdown, and one interception) weren’t terrible, his overall impact was. He took seven sacks, threw a pick-six, dropped a snap on fourth-and-one, and failed to orchestrator a single scoring drive after the first quarter – all of this against one of the worst defenses in the NFL.
That’s why, on Wednesday, the Raiders elevated undrafted rookie Matt McGloin to No. 2 behind Terrelle Pryor on the depth chart while dropping Flynn to No. 3. The Raiders should take it one step further, though, and just give the overpaid embarrassment the ax.
It’s clear that Flynn wasn’t what the Raiders thought they were getting when they acquired him from the Seattle Seahawks this past offseason. The starting job was his to lose during the preseason, and it didn’t take long for him to fumble it away. He got another opportunity against the Redskins while Pryor sat out with a concussion, and Flynn still couldn’t capitalize. By everything he’s shown the Raiders, he’s a waste of a roster spot.
The only problem with cutting Flynn is that it would cost the Raiders the $6.5 million that he’s owed in 2013. There is offset language in his deal which would allow them to get their money back if he was released and signed by another team, but chances are slim that happens. Even if he doesn’t get picked up elsewhere, the Raiders have the cap space to absorb the hit and would free up $2.6 million for next season.
There’s no shame in admitting that you made a mistake. In this case, the Raiders made a big one and it’s time to own up to it.
Cut Flynn and move forward with Pryor and McGloin.