The Raiders have released one-time Seattle quarterback Matt Flynn, several different outlets have reported in the last hour.
Flynn was signed as a free agent by Seattle prior to the 2012 season but beaten out by Russell Wilson during the exhibition season. Flynn saw only brief mopup duty with Seattle in 2012, completing 5-of-9 passes for 68 yards.
He was traded in the off-season to Oakland for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015, hoping to revive his career with the Raiders.
But he was beaten out for the job again, this time by Terrelle Pryor, who solidified his hold on the job by leading the Raiders to a win over the Chargers last night.
The Seahawks are 15-6 under Wilson, who set a team record with a 100 passer rating in 2012. And the divergent paths of the two QBs only serve to further accentuate the importance of Seattle’s decision last fall to elevate Wilson over Flynn, as one NFL national writer pointed out this morning:
Think how different we’d look at Seahawks if John Schneider didn’t convince Pete Carroll to pull trigger on Russell Wilson.
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) October 7, 2013
And as Andrew Brandt noted today, Flynn made $8 million in his one season in Seattle, having been signed in the aftermath of his six-touchdown game against Detroit on Jan. 1, 2012:
Matt Flynn made $8M from Seahawks in 2012 and will make $6.5M from Raiders in 2013. Quite a lucrative outing v. Lions on 1/1/12.
— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) October 7, 2013