Oakland Raiders Smartly Give Matt Flynn the Ax

By Gil Alcaraz IV
Matt Flynn
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Don’t act surprised – we all knew this was coming.

As I expected, the Oakland Raiders have released embarrassing quarterback Matt Flynn less than a week after he was demoted to third-string. The silver and black are still on the hook for his guaranteed $6.5 million salary for the season, but have saved themselves $2.6 million for next year.

Flynn fell down the depth chart following a Week 4 disaster while spot starting for the concussed Terrelle Pryor. Although his stats weren’t terrible (227/1/1), he was extremely ineffective, took way too many sacks (7) and threw a crushing pick-six that let the Washington Redskins back into the game.

Last Wednesday, head coach Dennis Allen made a smart move by demoting Flynn to third-string, elevating undrafted rookie Matt McGloin above the offseason blunder.

“It is what it is. It didn’t work out,” Allen said regarding the demotion.

With this latest move, the Raiders will go forward with Pryor as their starter and McGloin as their No. 2 passer. They’re working out David Carr on Monday and have Pat White scheduled to visit on Tuesday, both of who might push McGloin down the depth chart if signed.

Either way, it’s great to see the Raiders finally cutting the cord on the highest paid No. 3 quarterback in the NFL. GM Reggie McKenzie has officially admitted defeat with the overpaid passer and must now work to repair his image after making one of the biggest mistakes of the 2013 offseason.

Some desperate team might take a flier on Flynn, but chances are he never sees another NFL snap after proving to be a painfully inept passer with the Raiders.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Matt.

Gil Alcaraz IV is the Content Planner for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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