The Oakland Raiders didn’t waste too much time cutting their losses with Matt Flynn. According to plenty of sources around the league, Oakland has cut the quarterback they were thought to be possibly starting a couple months ago.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 7, 2013
Well, if there was ever a non-superstar who has made out pretty well it is Flynn. In 2012, the Seattle Seahawks paid him $8 million just to watch him get benched in favor of rookie Russell Wilson before the season even began. The Seahawks thought they would have Flynn as a starter after signing the formerly-coveted Green Bay Packers quarterback.
This year, Flynn will have made $6.5 million with the Raiders in just five games. Prior to the season’s beginning, Flynn was thought to be the starter by many. Little did he know, that was prior to the Raiders finding their love for second-year pro Terrelle Pryor. Don’t we all love a good pun?
The second year quarterback has posted a rating of 97.6 through the first five weeks of the season, throwing for 845 yards and four touchdowns with only two interceptions. He’s also ran the ball for 229 yards for an average of 6.2 yards per carry.
While the Raiders cut ties with Flynn, that means undrafted rookie Matt McGloin gets the backup job for now and Oakland will begin searching for replacements to likely take on a third-string job.
With many teams still having a need for either a backup quarterback, will Flynn find work soon? After Josh Freeman signed with the Minnesota Vikings, the Buffalo Bills were reportedly a bit disappointed that their efforts had fallen through. Could Flynn wind up there? Or, maybe the Cleveland Browns now that Brian Hoyer is out for the season?
In any event, Flynn could be in for a few calls here before the week is up — that we know should be a guarantee. What won’t be a guarantee, though, is that he’ll rake in another fat paycheck. Actually, that’s just about guaranteed not to happen.