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Raiders Cut $6.5 Million Third-String Quarterback Matt Flynn

October 07, 2013

The Oakland Raiders released third-string quarterback Matt Flynn, the latest downward step for a player who was setting passing records for his team less than two years ago

The 28-year-old Flynn was sacked seven times, fumbled twice and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins on Sept. 29, his lone start of the season. He was demoted after the game to third string behind starter Terrelle Pryor, who missed the game with a concussion, and undrafted rookie Matt McGloin.

Team spokesman Will Kiss said in an e-mail that Flynn had been cut. Flynn was due to make $6.5 million this year, according to ESPN. The team will work out free-agent quarterbacks Pat White and David Carr tomorrow, the network said.

Flynn played for the Green Bay Packers as a backup to Aaron Rodgers from 2008 to 2011. After he threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in the Packers’ 2011 season finale, both franchise records, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks on a three-year, $19.5 million contract. Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson won the starting job in preseason and Flynn was traded to Oakland in April.

In six NFL seasons, Flynn has completed 62.3 percent of his passes for 1,329 yards and 10 touchdowns, with six interceptions. He has never started more than one game in a season.

To contact the reporters on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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