The Oakland Raiders completed a trade for Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Matt Flynn in exchange for a pair of late round draft picks over the weekend. This was a smart move by Oakland who needed to dump Carson Palmer's Salary as well as pick up a QB with starting potential to compete with Terrell Pryor. Lets take a look at this trade and how it grades out for Oakland.
Matt Flynn system fit
Flynn, who was drafted by a regime in Green Bay that included current Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, arrives in Oakland with offensive familiarity and a chance to be as good or better than Carson Palmer at less than half the price.
Matt Flynn Talent level
At the very worst, the Raiders are getting an average-armed quarterback who makes smart decisions, knows the West Coast offense and can produce if put into the right situation. In the best case, Oakland has found a legitimate answer at quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Reggie McKenzie Oakland Raiders GM
McKenzie gave up a late-round pick next year and a conditional pick in 2015, which is a bargain price for a quarterback that has starting potential in the NFL. Plus getting a 6th round Pick for Carson Palmer was a steal.
Matt Flynn Risk Factor
Even if Flynn busts as a starter, he'll be nothing more than a pricey backup in an otherwise cheap quarterback stable.
Matt Flynn Overall Trade Grade
While not a game-changer for Oakland, this deal for Flynn is the kind of low-risk, high-reward move that makes franchises better. The Raiders are better today than they were yesterday. Plus getting picks back for Carson Palmer makes this move even more of a good move.