The Oakland Raiders on Monday acquired quarterback Matt Flynn in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. General Manager Reggie McKenzie made the announcement.
In exchange for Flynn, the Raiders have traded their fifth-round selection in the 2014 draft, as well as a conditional undisclosed 2015 selection, to the Seahawks.
“I’ve known Matt Flynn since 2007 and scouted him before and after he entered the NFL,” McKenzie said. “Matt is a tough football player, and a talented quarterback. He will get the opportunity to compete to be a starter with the Raiders. I believe Matt has that potential, but I also know he hasn’t had enough experience. We’re going to let him compete and battle, and see what happens. We know Raider Nation wants a team that can compete for the playoffs year-in and year-out and we’re putting in the necessary work right now to make that happen. This is one of the many decisions in that process.”
Flynn, a 6-2, 230-pound quarterback entering his sixth year out of LSU, backed up NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers from 2008-11, then backed up 2012 NFL Rookie of the Year Russell Wilson in Seattle last season.
Like Rodgers, who did not start a game until his fourth season, Flynn has not had an opportunity to gain a lot of playing time in his early professional career. In two career starts, both in place of Rodgers, Flynn completed a combined 55 of 81 passes (67.9 percent) for 731 yards, with nine touchdowns and two interceptions. He joined Dan Marino and Kurt Warner as one of three players since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger to throw for at least three TDs in each of his first two starts.
In the 2011 regular-season finale, starting for resting Rodgers, Flynn authored one of the top efforts in the 91-year history of the Packers. In leading the club to a 44-31 win over Detroit, Flynn set single-game franchise records in both yards (480) and touchdown passes (six). A year earlier in his first career start, in place of an injured Rodgers on the road against the 11-2 Patriots, Flynn’s 100.2 passer rating was the highest by an NFL quarterback since the merger in his initial start against an opponent with at least a 10-2 record.
Flynn, who in Green Bay also served as the holder for placements, has played in 37 NFL games, with two starts, having completed 87 of 141 passes (61.7 percent) for 1,083 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions, a 92.0 career passer rating.
In each of his last four seasons, his team has advanced to the playoffs, including a Super Bowl championship with Green Bay in 2010.
Signed by the Seahawks as an unrestricted free agent on March 21, 2012, Flynn served last season as Seattle’s No. 2 QB. He joins a long list of Raiders quarterbacks acquired in trades, including Daryle Lamonica (1967), Dan Pastorini (1980), Jay Schroeder (1988), Jason Campbell (2010) and
Green Bay’s first of two seventh-round selections in the 2008 NFL Draft (209th overall), Flynn entered the NFL after leading the LSU Tigers to the 2007 BCS national championship.
Like Head Coach Dennis Allen, Flynn was a Texas prep standout. At Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas, east of Dallas, Flynn led his team to the semifinals of the state playoffs in one of Texas’ toughest classifications, playing the last four games with a broken foot.