Late Thursday night it was reported by NFL.com that after things had been heating in the trade rumors section between Jacksonville and Seattle, Matt Flynn is suddenly off of the Jaguars’ radar. Apparently new coach Gus Bradley has had enough time to evaluate Blaine Gabbert and will pass on Flynn.
While Flynn seems to be more cold than hot on the market these days, it looks like the Oakland Raiders may want to pull the trigger with Seattle. It’s believed by a few close to the organization that they have “legitimate interest” and could be staring down that barrel soon. Of course Oakland is still carrying a certain Carson Palmer, but the new ownership and management doesn’t seem too impressed by an average of 18 turnovers and around an 82.5 quarterback rating over the past couple of seasons.
Would Flynn be an upgrade for Oakland?: I think so, he’s six years younger at 27 and has a whole ton more upside to him at this point in his career than Palmer does. Flynn is also more mobile than the aging Palmer, who was sacked 26 times last season, the 5th season that Palmer has taken at least 25 sacks in his career. Basically if you’re a Raider, you have to think it won’t get worse with Flynn at the helm and the upside of not having to draft a starting quarterback in this draft opens up the option to trade back in the first and attain more picks. Since Oakland has the most holes to fill on their roster, that would be a great move. They might even find a way to draft some protection for their new signal caller.
What it means for Seattle: If the Raiders don’t come through by putting an offer on the table, Flynn could more than likely stay in Seattle for another season, not to mention the Seahawks find themselves in the precarious position of having to eat some more money, regardless of whether they release him at this time. There’s always the thought of trading during the draft, but it becomes more complicated when comparable quarterbacks will be on the board.