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McKenzie’s man: Raiders acquire Flynn

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POSTED April 2, 2013 1:24 a.m.

ALAMEDA (AP) — The Oakland Raiders are changing directions at quarterback once again.

The Raiders acquired Seattle backup Matt Flynn on Monday for draft picks, bringing an end to Carson Palmer’s brief tenure as starter in Oakland even before they are done paying the steep price they dealt to acquire him.

“Matt’s one of those guys, even though he hasn’t had a lot of opportunities, when he’s had those opportunities, he’s made the most out of those chances,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “We feel real good about that, and feel real good about getting a young prospect at quarterback.”

Oakland will send a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015 to Seattle. Flynn will compete with Terrelle Pryor for the starting job with Palmer on his way out of Oakland.

Fox Sports reported Palmer was expected to be dealt to Arizona for a draft pick. The Raiders traded a 2012 first-round draft pick and 2013 second-rounder to Cincinnati for Palmer during the 2011 season.

Palmer fell one game short of the playoffs that season and the Raiders then regressed and went 4-12 this past year. With Palmer owed $13 million for this season and reportedly unwilling to take a pay cut, the rebuilding Raiders went a different direction.

“When we looked at it, both from his standpoint and our standpoint, we just realized that it was time for us to move on and move forward,” Allen said. “We felt like Matt Flynn gave us a great option.”

After showing promise as a backup with the Packers, Flynn signed a three-year, $26 million deal with the Seahawks, but failed to beat out rookie Russell Wilson for the starting job and quickly became expendable.

Flynn, a backup in college at LSU to former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, has started just two games in five seasons as a pro. But it’s those brief appearances that intrigue many NFL teams.

He threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns in a loss at New England in place of an injured Aaron Rodgers late in the 2010 season. He then started the regular-season finale the following season, going 31 for 44 for 480 yards and six touchdown passes in a 45-41 win over Detroit.

Allen compared Flynn’s progress to that of Matt Schaub and Rodgers, who have excelled as starters after years as backups to start their careers.

“We’re excited with the fact that we’re bringing in a young guy that we feel like has potential to be a starting quarterback in this league,” Allen said. “We’re looking forward to having him on our roster and giving him a chance to potentially be that.”


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