According to Jay Glazer of FOXSports, the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders have finally agreed on a deal sending QB Matt Flynn to the Raiders in exchange for a 2014 fifth round pick and a conditional pick in 2015, a move that I am in full support of.
The common knock against Flynn has been his lack of experience as a starter. He’s only started two NFL games in his five-year career. However I don’t believe that really matters to the Raiders. They are prepared to part ways with veteran QB Carson Palmer, and there are no other quarterbacks on the market that are as good as Matt Flynn, and I’m also not sure Raiders backup QB Terrelle Pryor is ready to lead the team just yet.
Let’s also not forget that this year’s quarterback class is not very impressive. Geno Smith is far and away a Top 15 pick, but after that, it’s hard to say any other quarterback is worth a first round pick. And with the Raiders holding the third overall pick, taking Smith would be a reach.
It also it worthy to note that Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie knows what he’s getting in Matt Flynn. After all, McKenzie was a member of the Packers’ front office before making the move to Oakland. I’m sure McKenzie wouldn’t be interested in bringing in Flynn unless if he knew that Flynn could flourish with the team.
Another party to consider in this situation is head coach Dennis Allen, who could lose his job is the team cannot find success this season. Flynn is a safe option who can win games as long as you put pieces around him. He’s going to give the Raiders the best chance to win games this year.
Flynn will sign papers to finalize the deal Monday morning.