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Raiders cut Flynn, door open for return to Packers

Oct. 7, 2013
 
Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn throws a pass against the Washington Redskins during a Sept. 29 game in Oakland, Calif. File/AP
Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn throws a pass against the Washington Redskins during a Sept. 29 game in Oakland, Calif. File/AP

The Oakland Raiders have cut quarterback Matt Flynn, according to a report by SI.com, which opens the possibility he could return to the Packers as Aaron Rodgers’ backup.

Flynn is a vested a veteran (i.e., he has four full years of service in the NFL) and thus is not subject to waivers. Vested veterans aren’t subject to the waiver wire until after the trade deadline, which this year is Oct. 29.

Flynn was the Packers’ backup quarterback from 2008-11, then signed with the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent. After Russell Wilson established himself as the Seahawks’ quarterback last year, they traded him to Oakland this year. But Terrell Pryor beat out Flynn for the Raiders’ starting job this year, and the Raiders reportedly have released Flynn today.

Flynn base salary was $1.25 million, and the Raiders will owe him the remainder of that because he’s a vested veteran. Any team can sign him to a new contract.

The Packers have had problems at backup quarterbacks since Flynn’s departure. Seneca Wallace currently is Rodgers’ backup, but Flynn knows the Packers’ offense and coaching staff well and performed well in a backup role before departing. So he would be a natural fit if he doesn’t draw interest from a team that is unstable at starting quarterback.

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