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Raiders trade for Flynn, close to dealing Palmer

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The Oakland Raiders announced Monday that they gave the Seattle Seahawks a fifth-round draft pick in 2014 and a conditional undisclosed draft pick in 2015 for quarterback Matt Flynn.

The Raiders are also nearing a deal to send quarterback Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals, according to multiple reports. The Raiders would get a late-round draft choice from the Cardinals for Palmer.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is familiar with Flynn from when they were with the Green Bay Packers.

"I've known Matt Flynn since 2007 and scouted him before and after he entered the NFL," McKenzie said in a statement. "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 is entering his sixth NFL season. He did not start a game until his fourth season with Green Bay. In two career starts, he completed 55 of 81 passes for 731 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Overall, he has played in 37 games and completed 87 of 141 passes for 1,083 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions -- a 92.0 passer rating.

The Raiders have been looking for a way to deal with Palmer's scheduled $13 million salary for 2013. Flynn is due $5.25 million. The Raiders reportedly want to restructure Flynn's contract, which is worth more than $11.5 million over the next two years.

Flynn was a backup in Green Bay and Seattle. The Seahawks planned to start Flynn last year after signing him as a free agent, but he was beaten out for the job by rookie Russell Wilson. With Palmer not expected to be a Raider, Flynn's main competition for the starting spot is Terrelle Pryor.

Palmer, 33, threw for 4,018 yards with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last year. Kevin Kolb, last year's starter in Arizona, agreed to a two-year deal with the Buffalo Bills over the weekend.
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