The Raiders released veteran quarterback Matt Flynn Monday morning, officially ending a saga that Raiders McKenzie is sure to hope gets swept under the rug as soon as possible.
The Raiders traded a 2014 fifth-round pick and a conditional selection to Seattle for the career backup, McKenzie was high on Flynn based on his days with Green Bay when the two were with the team, it turns out that McKenzie once again missed at quarterback after bringing in Matt Leinart before Flynn. At the final hour of the Matt Flynn era on Monday morning it was finally 100% clear to the Raiders that Terrelle Pryor advanced beyond their wildest expectations this offseason. With Flynn unable to even provide backup duty at a high level, his $6.5 million dollar salary and roster spot were too much for McKenzie and Allen to swallow.
The Raiders admitted their mistake with Monday morning’s transaction which was first reported by Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter, and later announced by the team ends a brutal error in talent evaluation by McKenzie that cost the Raiders $6.5 million for the Raiders, who got just one lousy start from Flynn in return.
Dennis Allen was blunt in saying that Flynn was just not working out in Oakland.
“I don’t know exactly what the reason was for why it didn’t work,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said during Monday’s press conference. “It just didn’t work. Terrelle came in and took over the job. He’s earned the position that he’s in. We felt like it was best to move on from that.”
The release was expected after Flynn played poorly in a 24-14 loss to the Washington Redskins. He was demoted to third string last week, and the Raiders immediately starting looking for a replacement. Discussing Josh Freeman all weekend before Freeman eventually decided to sign with the Vikings.
Flynn’s release allowed the formerly suspended Andre Holmes to slide into the 53 man roster.
Oakland worked out veteran David Carr (former Texans starter) on Monday and had Pat White scheduled for a visit on Tuesday.
Carr has the edge in experience, but Pat White has a similar set of tools to Pryor which could provide better insurance if Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Olsen are forced into another scenario where Pryor cannot play.
“We’ll keep looking at what’s out there,” Allen said. “We feel good about Matt McGloin as the backup and having Tyler Wilson on the practice squad. That said, we’ll keep examining options that make us a better football team.”