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Report: Matt Flynn released by Raiders


Matt Flynn's career has taken another strange turn. According to SI.com's Jim Trotter, the Oakland Raiders have released their one-time would-be starter.

This was a major misstep by the Raiders. They used a 2014 fifth-round pick (and a conditional pick in 2015) to trade for Flynn from the Seattle Seahawks, who had decided that they couldn't carry his salary of $6.25 million to be Russell Wilson's backup. In the process of the trade, Flynn's salary dropped to $5 million, and the Raiders thought they were getting a starting quarterback on the cheap.

Instead, they got dead weight. Flynn thoroughly was outplayed in the preseason by Terrelle Pryor, who eventually won the starting job and has run away with it. He fell to third on the depth chart behind undrafted Matt McGloin prior to Sunday's victory over the San Diego Chargers.

The Raiders also erred in the draft when they drafted Tyler Wilson in Round Four, and then subsequently released him. Although the Raiders were lucky to re-sign Wilson to their practice squad — and they certainly could promote him to the active roster now — it seems like a waste of a fourth-round pick.

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But the bigger waste was the 5&5 (fifth-rounder and $5M salary, prorated) they spent on Flynn, who is now a free agent. Imagine the Green Bay Packers, Flynn's original team, which just so happens to be a little thin at quarterback, would have to at least be interested in his services again. It was with the Packers that Flynn had his finest two moments as an NFL quarterback — a narrow loss to the Patriots in New England in 2010 and a Week 17 shootout win over the Lions in 2011.

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