The Oakland Raiders are close to finalizing a trade for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn, according to reports.
According to NFL.com, the Seahawks would acquire a 2013 draft pick and a conditional draft pick in 2014 in exchange for Flynn.
However, the deal has not yet been completed. A possible hold-up, according to the NFL.com report, is that Flynn may be reluctant to to restructure the three-year, $19.5 million contract he signed last year with the Seahawks. His base salary would be $5.23 million in 2013, and the Raiders have limited cap room.
The Raiders are looking at options to replace veteran quarterback Carson Palmer after he refused to take a pay cut from the $13 million is scheduled to receive in 2013. ESPN reported Friday that a trade, probably for a late-round draft pick or picks, is imminent.
With Russell Wilson establishing himself as Seattle's quarterback during a sterling rookie seaason, the Seahawks are interested in unloading Flynn's $5.25 million salary and giving him a shot to play with another team.
If the Raiders complete the deal for Flynn, they likely will release Palmer, which would trigger interest From Arizona. The Cardinals are in the market to add a veteran to an unstable quarterback situation.
The Raiders would be giving up on Carson, who was once good, for a guy who was good once, in Flynn.
Flynn lost a preseason battle last summer with Wilson for the starting job in Seattle after signing a three-year, $19.5 million contract with $10 million guaranteed as a free agent in March 2012.
Other teams reported to be looking at Flynn include the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals.
Should Flynn depart, the Seahawks reportedly are considering Tyler Thigpen as a backup for Wilson.