Matt Flynn traded to Raiders, who are close to trading Carson Palmer

April 1, 2013

Carson Palmer isn’t going to be in a Raiders uniform in 2013. (Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

The Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders are completing a deal today that will send quarterback Matt Flynn to the Raiders in exchange for a fifth-round 2014 draft pick and a conditional pick in 2015.

In Flynn, the Raiders acquire a quarterback who will earn roughly half as much in 2013 as Carson Palmer, whom the team is close to trading to Arizona for a late-round pick, according to Yahoo’s Mike Silver. Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer first reported the Flynn deal.

The move leaves Seattle with only one quarterback, Russell Wilson. However, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Tyler Thigpen is on the team’s “short list” as a backup.

Flynn, 27, has started only two NFL games, both during his three years in Green Bay. He spent only one season in Seattle and lost the training camp competition for the starting job to Wilson. The Cincinnati Bengals traded Palmer to the Raiders in October 2011 after a great deal of drama and threats of retirement.

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