March 29, 02013
If Doug Baldwin has good information, Matt Flynn will be a starting quarterback again soon.
The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver says the quarterback, signed to a lucrative deal in free agency a year ago, will be headed to the Oakland Raiders. That likely means the Raiders will be cutting ties with Carson Palmer, something that has been rumored for much of the offseason.
“Wishing Flynn the best on his endeavors in Oakland," Baldwin wrote on his Twitter account. "Sad to see a friend leave, but excited for his opportunity. Great QB, even better man.”
The Seahawks have been looking to move Flynn this offseason after Russell Wilson emerged as a start performer during his rookie year. Flynn is scheduled to earn $5.25 million this coming season, according to Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times, and moving him would create a salary cap saving of $3.25 million.
But complicating the matter, O’Neil reports, is the fact that he Raiders are without second- and fifth-round picks this year, so they might hesitate trading another one. That makes it possible Flynn would be traded for a 2014 draft pick(s). Given Flynn’s contract status and his relative inexperience, as well as a lack of high demand, Seattle probably will not get too much in return.
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