There once was a time when Matt “Baxter” Flynn was a hot commodity in the quarterback market. It was following the 2011 season, during which Flynn started a meaningless Week 17 game for the Packers against the Lions and threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns.
It was on the strength of that performance alone that got Flynn a three-year, $26 million contract with Seattle in early 2012. Flynn, however, never started a game for the Seahawks. He was beaten out for the starting job in preseason by Russell Wilson. That was still not enough to deter a team from trying to make Flynn their presumptive starter the next year. After all, he was beaten out by Russell Wilson. Not just any quarterback.
So the Raiders, in dire need of a quarterback after the Carson Palmer disaster, this spring dealt a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015 for Flynn [Conditional pick was voided]. Did Oakland get a marginally higher return on investment for Flynn? He at least started a game for them – a loss to Washington at home in Week 4. At the time, they gave up two draft picks to get him, so probably not. Either way, that’ll be all since Oakland has released Flynn but still owes him the rest of his guaranteed money for this season.
Former #Raiders QB Matt Flynn received 6.5 million in guaranteed money from the Raiders to make one start and been released prior to week 6.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_RealUpdates) October 7, 2013
All together, Seahawks and Raiders paid QB Matt Flynn a combined $14.5 million the past two seasons for one start.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 7, 2013
Beaten out by Matt McGloin for the backup role. That’s rough. And now the Raiders are looking to give David Carr a workout, so clearly they’re still interesting in keeping disappointing quarterbacks employed.