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Seattle's Backup Quarterback Has Peaked Oakland's Interest

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COMMENTARY | As if Oakland's roster hasn't been gutted enough by general manager Reggie McKenzie, the possibility of Carson Palmer leaving town is now inevitable.

Over the last couple of days, rumors have surfaced about the Raiders showing interest in acquiring Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Matt Flynn.

Now, they've finally got him.

With Palmer unwilling to take a $3 million pay cut next season, and a new quarterback in town, McKenzie is almost sure to release him or trade him; a bold move when you consider Palmer was the only bright spot for an abysmal Raiders offense in 2012.

McKenzie is trying to free up as much salary cap space as he can, and he's done a very efficient job thus far by cutting the overpaid contracts of Michael Huff, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Tommy Kelly.

But cutting Palmer over $3 million doesn't seem like a good move, especially when you're trying to replace him with a quarterback who's only had one good game in his NFL career.

In six years as a pro, Flynn has only thrown for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns. Let's not forget that 480 of those yards and six of those touchdowns came in a meaningless Week 17 game in 2011 against a Detroit Lions defense that was just awful.

Flynn's stock rose to great lengths after his six-touchdown performance, but he hasn't done anything close to that since.

Granted, he's been a backup his entire NFL career, so the Raiders are taking a gamble on a guy who has never flourished as a starter.

As for Palmer, the Raiders can't be upset with him for not wanting to take a pay cut.

He was the only reason the offense wasn't completely laughable last year, and he already took a pay cut before the beginning of last season.

Now they want him to take another one?

As paper thin and slashed as this roster already is, it doesn't make sense to give up even more draft picks and pile up even more dead money for a quarterback who has always been a backup.

Palmer may not be the quarterback of the future, but he's proven he can be serviceable.

Just to clarify, serviceable isn't worth $13 million, but it's a lot better than $9.3 million in dead money and even more lost draft picks.

Steven Slivka is a Featured Columnist for the Oakland Raiders. You can follow him on Twitter @stevenslivka.

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