The Matt Flynn era in Oakland is over. The Raiders released Flynn today.
How far has this guy fallen? Pretty far and pretty fast.
Flynn left the Green Bay Packers as a free agent after he set the team’s all-time single-game passing mark in a meaningless 2011 season finale. Flynn signed with Seattle and got himself a pretty nice contract in the process, but then he got beat out by Russell Wilson for the starting job.
Prior to this season, Seattle traded Flynn to Oakland, where former Packers exec Reggie McKenzie is the GM. They gave up a fifth-round pick and installed Flynn as their starter. After some disappointing preseason performances, the Raiders handed their quarterback job to Terrelle Pryor.
Earlier this season, Pryor missed a game because of a concussion and Flynn played so badly — a pick and three fumbles — that the Raiders demoted him to third string after the performance.
It seems doubtful another team is going to give Flynn a chance to start, which makes it logical for him to return to Green Bay to be Aaron Rodgers’ caddy.
The question is, do the Packers want him?
Veteran Seneca Wallace is currently Rodgers’ backup and Flynn’s confidence can’t be terribly high right now. On the other hand, he obviously knows the offense and he’s shown he can run it successfully.
It would seem like the Packers would have a better chance to win with Flynn than they would with Wallace.