Quarterback Matt Flynn has already been guaranteed something with the Oakland Raiders that he never received while with the Seattle Seahawks last year.
The right to be named the team’s starting quarterback.
Even though Flynn likely thought he’d win the starting job last year with the Seahawks after signing a three-year deal with the team last offseason, head coach Pete Carroll never said that would be the case.
Carroll said Flynn would have to compete with Tarvaris Jackson, and later on rookie Russell Wilson, for the starting job and that he wasn’t going to be handed the job. When the offseason work and training camp began, it was Jackson that was taking the first-team snaps in practice with the team. Flynn would earn the starts for Seattle in their first two preseason games before Wilson supplanted Flynn as the starter for the regular season.
But Flynn already has a leg up in Oakland. According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has named Flynn the starting quarterback as offseason workouts are set to begin. McKenzie said Flynn would have to compete with Terrelle Pryor and any quarterback the Raiders may select in the draft this week but it’s more that he was given in Seattle.
McKenzie was with Flynn in Green Bay for the only two starts he’s made in his NFL career and feels he can be a solid quarterback in the league.
“Two things that I feel are important and that’s presence, as far as leadership and knowing how to move a team down the field, and knowing how to do it,” McKenzie said.
“He has all the intangibles and I think he can play the position. He can throw the ball. I think he’s going to be a solid quarterback. Now how good can he be? We’ll figure that out, but I think he’s got a chance to be a good, solid quarterback.”