Posted October 07, 2013

Raiders release QB Matt Flynn

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The Oakland Raiders have released Matt Flynn.

Matt Flynn has been released by the Raiders, according to reports. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Oakland Raiders have released backup quarterback Matt Flynn, a source tells Sports Illustrated‘s Jim Trotter.

Oakland gave up two draft picks to acquire Flynn from Seattle in the offseason and then signed him to a contract with $6.5 million in guaranteed money.

However, Flynn disappointed throughout his short tenure in Oakland, losing the starting job to Terrelle Pryor in training camp and then falling to third on the depth chart behind Matt McGloin last week.

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Flynn was a hot prospect after throwing for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns in the final game of the 2011-12 season for the Packers. He was signed by the Seahawks that offseason, but he was unable to win the starting job against then-rookie Russell Wilson and served as backup until he was brought on by the Raiders.

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32 comments
pandah462
pandah462

Just making room for...JaMarcus Russell!

IdDoHannahStorm
IdDoHannahStorm

What was his deal with Seattle, how much guaranteed?  Combine that with the $6.5 million he got from Oakland and you probably have the biggest one-game payday in NFL history.

Dave84
Dave84

Is the US congress managing this football team?

Bankerdanny
Bankerdanny

The next GM that signs or gives up significant assets in trade for a QB based on a very small sample size (like say 1 game), really should be fired. 

 Has there ever been a successful example of this?

MDHokiefan
MDHokiefan

Wow - yet another reason that the Raiders will be stuck in the NFL's cellar for even several more seasons. They ought to put a picture of the Raiders logo next to the word inept in the dictionary.

Lou Diamond Phillips
Lou Diamond Phillips

Clint Longley lived in the wrong era. He would have pocketed 20 million from his one-game wonder on Thanksgiving way back in the 70's. 

youngnorth77
youngnorth77

He's another guy that  had a really good game for a team at the time that had alot  of talent so when you put a guy like that on a team that doesn't have alot what do you expect it was a dumb signing in the first place get it together Raiders

riley8
riley8

So who will duh Ray-DUHS sign next?  Jamarcus, Tebow, or Kenny Stabler?

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Flynn has to be my nomination for all-time "one-hit wonder." 

Jim21
Jim21

Wow, I'd love to know how many draft picks and how much money has been given up for this guy. I hate to use and over-used term but epic fail really does qualify. 

MarkSweetipo
MarkSweetipo

That kind of boneheaded personale move like wasting draft picks on him in the first place would make Al proud wherever he is.

jamsub
jamsub

So who reaches first? Vikes or Jets?

SandersonKramer
SandersonKramer

This is why the NFL is a joke run by a bunch of idiots. Only in the NFL can a 6th Round QB like Flynn and a 4th Round QB like Rob Johnson (Bills) get traded for high draft picks and signed to Multi Million Dollar Contracts on the strength of One NFL Game or how well they looked in their teams practices. As an aside, look at Jacksonville continuing to lose with Gabbert & Henne instead of trying out Tim Tebow who has a winning record. What is the worst Jacksonville is going to do? Lose? That's the NFL for you.

JohnMatuszak
JohnMatuszak

better now than waiting for Pryor to get hurt again

PWINGS
PWINGS

If the Raiders are stuck with most (all?) of his remaining guaranteed money, don't be surprised to see him end up back in Green Bay. He already knows the system and wouldn't cost them much since he's been cut. Why not?

Marty2
Marty2

He had a great game against my pathetic Lions that made him a rich man.  The Lions have padded many a player's stats.

j7apple
j7apple

I got to give Flynn's agent accolades for parlaying two career starts into some 14.5 million dollar guarantee money between Oakland and Seatle for the QB.  Will he end up somewhere else? Who knows, but I won't count his agent out to wheel and deal more money for not playing.  lol

MDHokiefan
MDHokiefan

@Jim21 I guess you didn't take the time to read the short article - here you go, pasted from above:

"Oakland gave up two draft picks to acquire Flynn from Seattle in the offseason and then signed him to a contract with $6.5 million in guaranteed money."

ken.hahr
ken.hahr

@SandersonKramer Your premise is flawed. What does the round of the draft that they were picked in have to do with anything. 

Tom Brady was a 6th round choice. 

Marc Bulger- 6th round. 

Mark Brunell- 5th round. 

Rich Gannon- 4th round. 

Matt Hasselbeck- 6th round.

Roger Staubach was a 10th rounder, but that was long ago and far away...I'll stick to moderns.

Are you telling me that any team that needs a quarterback shouldn't give up what was given for Flynn or Rob Johnson in the hopes of getting a player like the ones on this list? 

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@SandersonKramer Your ironic statement has me in stitches. Denver used a 1st round pick to draft Tebow (which they traded picks to move up for) and got the worst QB in recent memory. The idiots are the ones that are still confused as to why Tebow can't even get a sniff in the CFL.

beekay31
beekay31

@PWINGS It probably depends on how satisfied they've been with Seneca Wallace in practice.

beekay31
beekay31

@Marty2 But he did also play well against a very good New England team.  I don't think he is either as good or as bad as he's been presented across his 3 teams.

jimfike1
jimfike1

@Joebuckster @SandersonKramer Tebow would have taken the JETS to the playoffs but Ryan refused to allow him to start.  That would be two teams in two years in the NFL.

Tim Tebow is a class act, a natural born leader, and very determined man.  He  could easily help to turn around Jacksonville and easily bring an extra 15,000 fans per home game.  

Bankerdanny
Bankerdanny

@Joebuckster: worst QB in recent memory? Tebow isn't a good QB, but he is by no means the 'worst QB in recent memory' unless you have short-term memory issues.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@beekay31 @PWINGS True, although Flynn has proven himself in games running the Pack's offense. Wallace adds the benefit of effectively running the scout team and preparing the Pack defense to face mobile QB's running the pistol / option offense.