Raiders release QB Flynn

McClatchy news servicesOctober 8, 2013 

The Oakland Raiders released quarterback Matt Flynn on Monday, just six months after bringing him in to be the starter.

Oakland acquired Flynn in April from the Seattle Seahawks for a 2014 fifth-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2015. The Raiders also reworked Flynn’s contract to give him $6.5 million in guaranteed money this season.

But Flynn was beaten out for the starting job in the preseason by Terrelle Pryor and then fell to third string behind undrafted free agent Matt McGloin last week, leading to his eventual release.

“It just didn’t work,” coach Dennis Allen said. “Terrelle came in and he took over the job. He has earned the position that he’s in. So, we just felt like it’s probably best to move on from that.”

Sports Illustrated first reported the move.

Flynn made two appearances for Oakland (2-3) for all that money. He came in late in a loss at Denver on Sept. 23, after Pryor was knocked out with a concussion, and then started against Washington the following week.

He was booed by the home crowd from the start of that game and struggled mightily as the Raiders lost 24-14. He threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown, lost a fumble in the second half and was sacked seven times.

Pryor came back to regain the starting job and led the Raiders to a 27-17 victory Sunday night over the Chargers as Flynn sat watching.

After spending four years as Aaron Rodgers’ backup in Green Bay, Flynn was one of the most sought-after quarterbacks on the free-agent market in 2012 based largely on one dynamic start. Flynn threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in the 2011 season finale for the Packers against Detroit.

Seattle signed Flynn and paid him $8 million last season even though he was beaten out for the starting job by rookie Russell Wilson. That made him expendable, and the Raiders acquired him April 1 to be the heir apparent to Carson Palmer.

Flynn struggled in training camp with a sore elbow and was eventually beaten out by the vastly improved Pryor, who surprised the Raiders coaching staff and front office with his rapid improvement.

VIKINGS QB A MYSTERY

Minnesota’s quarterback this weekend will be Matt Cassel or Christian Ponder, not Josh Freeman.

If Ponder has healed from his broken rib, coach Leslie Frazier said, he will be the starter. If Ponder is still hurt, Cassel will keep the job.

The Vikings were finalizing Freeman’s contract Monday, four days after the 25-year-old was cut by Tampa Bay.

EXTRA POINTS

Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith is still upset with the officiating in Carolina’s 22-6 loss to the Cardinals, calling a member of Sunday’s crew “garbage.” The 34-year-old Smith took aim Monday at umpire Dan Ferrell, saying Ferrell was “the sorriest referee I’ve ever met.” Smith acknowledged his comments would likely draw a fine from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, but added that he doesn’t care. … Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones punched a woman after she poured beer on him when he insulted her and her friends, witnesses and a prosecutor said Monday at his trial on an assault charge. Jones, who has had a spate of legal troubles, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault stemming from the June 5 nightclub dispute.

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