The rumors are true: After trade talks abounded prior to the holiday weekend, the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks finally managed to come to terms on a trade agreement sending quarterback Matt Flynn from the Pacific Northwest to the Bay Area.
According to CBS Sports, Oakland will be shipping two draft picks over to Seattle in order to bring the former LSU star and Green Bay Packers backup to the Raiders. The actual selection slots are not quite determined, but they will be later round picks in the 2014 and 2015 drafts.
Flynn signed as a free agent with Seattle after spending four years in Green Bay. As a BCS National Championship-winning quarterback for the LSU Tigers, the Packers took a flier on Flynn with the 209th-overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft. Once in camp, however, Flynn beat out fellow rookie and second-round pick Brian Brohm for the role of backup behind Aaron Rodgers.
Once freed of his four-year, rookie contract, Flynn wanted to sign with a team that was going to give him the opportunity to start. With only Tavaris Jackson on the roster, that team was Seattle.
However, coach Pete Carroll took Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson with a third-round pick. The rookie eventually beat out Flynn for the starting role and led the franchise all the way to the playoffs.
The emergence of Wilson made Flynn expendable, whereas the ineptitude of Carson Palmer in Oakland made quarterback a position of need for the Raiders (what else is new?). Thus, after spending a first- and second-round pick on Palmer, these two picks on Flynn and also a supplemental second-rounder on Terrelle Pryor, the team still has no certain starter heading into the 2013 season.
But at the very least, Flynn will have the chance to be exactly that for the Silver and Black.