Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Report: Raiders thinking about Matt Flynn
By Bill Williamson
Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer is highly unlikely to accept a big pay cut. Palmer is set to make more than $13 million with a salary cap number at more than $15 million.
If Palmer doesn’t budge, the Raiders would have to either cut him, trade him or keep him. Cutting Palmer would be the most likely of those scenarios. Tuesday night, CBS Sports is reporting Oakland is one of three teams to have interest in acquiring Matt Flynn from Seattle. He was in Green Bay with Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie.
Flynn would give veteran competition to Terrelle Pryor should Palmer be moved. The report states that Jacksonville may be the favorite to get Flynn, but the Raiders and the Buffalo Bills are also interested.
The report states that Flynn would likely command a fourth- or fifth-round pick. The Raiders don’t have picks in the second and fifth rounds. They have a lot of needs and I know McKenzie wants to keep every pick he can get and he is open to trading the No. 3 pick to gain more choices.
But a veteran will be needed if Palmer is cut. Flynn is considered as a backup type. He did sign a nice deal with the Seahawks last year to compete for the starting job. But third-round pick Russell Wilson took the job and never looked back.
If Flynn does come to Oakland, Pryor will try to do the same thing. One veteran is off the table for Oakland. Former Oakland starter Jason Campbell -- the Raiders traded for Palmer in 2011 when Campbell was hurt -- signed with Cleveland on Tuesday night.
If the Raiders do trade for Flynn I’d think it would end talk that they could draft West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the No. 3 pick. I’d doubt the Raiders would put so many resources into quarterbacks with so many other needs.
Meanwhile, CBS Sports also reports Oakland is expected to cut defensive tackle Tommy Kelly on Wednesday. That move has long been expected.
In another AFC West:
The Chiefs have continued to their look at potential choices with the No. 1 pick by working out Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher. The team is working out several top prospects.