Matt Flynn is set to be traded to the Oakland Raiders, finally ending an off-season of speculation about the fate of the Seahawks backup quarterback. Multiple sources have reported that the Seahawks will receive two draft choices. But the clubs did not announce the deal as of Friday night.
The Seahawks and Raiders apparently have agreed on the picks, but Flynn has been asked to restructure his contract. He is scheduled to make $5.25 million. Trading him would be a savings of $3.25 million for the Seahawks against the salary cap, leaving them about $10 million to spend if they chose.
The Raiders are set up dump their starting QB, Carson Palmer, who has $13 million coming in 2013 and doesn’t want to renegotiate his deal.
Seahawks GM John Schneider said he was happy to keep Flynn, but there was no advantage in saying otherwise. Flynn appeared supportive of the rookie star who beat him out, Russell Wilson, but unsurprisingly made it known he wanted to play regularly. A career backup, Flynn will be 28 in June.
The Raiders have only three picks in the first five rounds of April’s draft, so the Seahawks may have to take a pick in 2014.
The Seahawks have no other QB on the roster, having released Josh Portis after the season and signed with Toronto of the Canadian Football League. Among the veteran names mentioned are Cleveland’s Colt McCoy and Tyler Thigpen, a seven-year veteran who has been with three teams, most recently Buffalo.