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Matt Flynn acquired by Raiders

Photo by Gabriel Cervantes / Wikimedia Commons

After much speculation, the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks have finally agreed to a trade that will send Seattle’s backup quarterback Matt Flynn to Oakland for draft picks in 2014 and 2015, according to a report from USA Today

Flynn, who signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Seahawks in 2012, is due $5.25 million in base salary in 2013 and will apparently sign a new deal after the trade is consummated.  He was expected to become Seattle’s starting quarterback, but rookie Russell Wilson challenged him for the position and eventually became the starter.

The acquisition signifies the end of Carson Palmer’s tenure as Oakland’s signal caller.  The Raiders acquired Palmer in 2011 from the Cincinnati Bengals for a 2012 first-round pick and a conditional second-round pick in 2013.

Rather than simply release Palmer and his $13 million salary, the Raiders are looking to receive compensation via trade.  USA Today reported that a potential trade partner is the Arizona Cardinals and ongoing discussions between the two teams are taking place.

Photo Credit: Gabriel Cervantes | Wikimedia Commons

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