Raiders' McKenzie explains Matt Flynn deal

April, 1, 2013
4/01/13
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Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie released a statement on the acquisition of quarterback Matt Flynn.

Oakland gave Seattle a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015 for Flynn, who spent his first four seasons in Green Bay. McKenzie was with the Packers during that time. The Raiders are trying to trade Carson Palmer -- who forced the Flynn trade by not wanting to take a pay cut from the Raiders -- to Arizona.

Here is McKenzie’s statement:
“I’ve known Matt Flynn since 2007 and scouted him before and after he entered the NFL. Matt is a tough football player, and a talented quarterback. He will get the opportunity to compete to be a starter with the Raiders. I believe Matt has that potential, but I also know he hasn’t had enough experience. We’re going to let him compete and battle, and see what happens. We know Raider Nation wants a team that can compete for the playoffs year-in and year-out and we’re putting in the necessary work right now to make that happen. This is one of the many decisions in that process.”

More reaction on the way.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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