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Flynn has made a lot of money for not much performance

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While Kevin Kolb remains the king of unfulfilled NFL contracts, Matt Flynn is at least the crown prince.

After a franchise-record 480 yards passing in Week 17 of the 2011 NFL season, when the Packers were resting Aaron Rodgers, Flynn has earned $14.5 million in guaranteed money, for close to nothing in return.

It started last year, with a contract from the Seahawks that paid a $6 million signing bonus and a $2 million fully-guaranteed base salary in 2012.

As originally drafted, the deal also contained incentives for making it to the Pro Bowl — and for being named NFL MVP.

One year and $8 million later, the Seahawks traded Flynn to the Raiders, who increased the remaining $2 million in guaranteed base salary to $6.5 million, via a $3.25 million signing bonus and a $3.25 million fully-guaranteed base salary for 2013.

The Pro Bowl and NFL MVP incentives remained.

While the $2.29 million in guaranteed base salary has offset language, which means the Raiders will get credit for anything Flynn earns elsewhere, the decision to cut the cord on Flynn represents an admission that the Raiders blew it by sending a fifth-round pick to Seattle for Flynn, and in turn by giving him an extra $4.5 million in guaranteed money this year.

We all should have seen the move coming, once the Raiders dropped Flynn from No. 2 to No. 3 on the depth chart.  The next move that could be coming is a return by Flynn to Green Bay, where he would go back to being the backup to Aaron Rodgers — but only with a lot more cash in the bank than he had the last time.

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  1. buckyhamm says: Oct 7, 2013 8:23 PM

    Good for Flynn.

  2. jkvndn99 says: Oct 7, 2013 8:24 PM

    Until Oakland rids themselves of all people named Davis, moves like this will continue to happen.

  3. jcampol says: Oct 7, 2013 8:26 PM

    Wasn’t it just a summer ago you and every other blowhard were giving the Dolphins and their upper management grief because they didn’t empty their pockets for him? Now he can’t even stay on the Raiders as a 3rd stringer. Fish for overreaction much?

  4. blacknole08 says: Oct 7, 2013 8:29 PM

    Just goes to show that he was a system QB who doesn’t have the “it” factor it takes to be a starter in this league.

    The irony of it all is that the QBs who beat him out for the starting job (Wilson and Pryor) are turning out to be franchise QBs for their respective teams (jury still out on Pryor but he gives the Raiders a chance every Sunday behind that poor O-Line).

    So if you want to find your franchise QB, sign Flynn and give him the starting job by default!

  5. joelvis72 says: Oct 7, 2013 8:30 PM

    I don’t blame him at all; more the fault of personnel men and coaches.

  6. vincelombardisghost says: Oct 7, 2013 8:31 PM

    Come in home to the Packers, Matt.

  7. squared80 says: Oct 7, 2013 8:35 PM

    Look at the pathetic organizations that bit on a one-week wonder who played against 2nd stringers of teams who had nothing to play for. Kudos to the Packers for taking advantage of stupid people. And I bet he winds up in Green Bay as their backup again.

  8. jakec4 says: Oct 7, 2013 8:35 PM

    There has to be more to the Flynn story than one game of ineffectiveness.

  9. misterdreamer119 says: Oct 7, 2013 8:35 PM

    He should be arrested for thievery. flynn makes scuab look like johnny unitas. sheesh!

  10. robgilman says: Oct 7, 2013 8:40 PM

    The Raiders had no clear cut qb. McKenzie brought 4 guys in to compete in camp and the cream rose to the top. Yes Flynn got over paid but McGloin and Pryor are cheap right now. Cut the losses with Flynn, still not paying a whole ton at the qb position. Happy with where they are with Pryor at the helm, and fine by me if they end up like Seattle. They seem to be doing fine

  11. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Oct 7, 2013 8:40 PM

    Back in Green Bay would be perfect for him.

  12. chromeraider says: Oct 7, 2013 8:41 PM

    The good thing about acquiring Flynn was that it gave Pryor a chance to compete and steal the starting job. He’s helping this Raider team make plays now and could be the future instead of picking up some other scrub qb and cutting wasted talent. Flynn and Tebow should be friends.

  13. kremis says: Oct 7, 2013 8:43 PM

    My dad use to tell me timing is everything, If he is a smart guy, he ought to retire now before the getting concussions so he can enjoy his earnings. God bless America!

  14. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 7, 2013 8:43 PM

    This was a heck of a show on PFT today right from the get go. Oakland has squandered a ridiculous amount of money and value that could have been used for something a lot more useful. How many teams are going to bend over backwards for Flynn? And then not even attempt to use him to boot? Teams can’t seem to learn from their own mistakes or each other’s.

  15. therolandobottom says: Oct 7, 2013 8:46 PM

    I’m just glad that the Raiders and Flynn can move on. Wasn’t going to work out the way TP2 has evolved. Flynn is a good dude, wish him luck, Pryor is the now and the future.

  16. lesliedevereaux says: Oct 7, 2013 8:47 PM

    If any of y’all still have the dream of being an NFL QB just go try out for the team that signs him — if he gets signed — and you have a great opportunity to satisfy that dream.

    Seriously, though, that dude basically stole money.

  17. footballschoolnot says: Oct 7, 2013 8:50 PM

    I am sure the Packers are looking to pick up a QB that can’t make it as a 3rd stringer for the Raiders.

    This fall they cut his identical twin in Graham Harrell. Don’t think they are going down that road again.

  18. bantry1234 says: Oct 7, 2013 8:50 PM

    Dude breaks every single-game team record in Green Bay history and now he’s a turd riding the bench… If Rodgers left Green Bay he’d be exactly the same.

  19. wtfpft says: Oct 7, 2013 8:51 PM

    “the decision to cut the cord on Flynn represents an admission that the Raiders blew it by sending a fifth-round pick to Seattle for Flynn”

    Or just a business move that didn’t work out, I doubt they sit around and sulk saying “boy did we screw up.” It’s a business move simple as that, stop reading so deep into things trying to make a story out of nothing.

  20. dalcow4 says: Oct 7, 2013 8:54 PM

    Hard to fault the Raiduhs on this– you gotta try everything on QBs you can until you find a good one.

  21. dirtdawg54 says: Oct 7, 2013 8:54 PM

    Matt Flynn and my ex-wife have a lot in common. One night of unbelievable performance followed by a whole lot of nothing, only to leave with a whole lot of cash.

  22. kremis says: Oct 7, 2013 9:02 PM

    That headline is the same one in the Steelers offices with substituting “Pittsburgh”in place of “Flynn”

  23. greg2geez says: Oct 7, 2013 9:05 PM

    Matt Flynn $6.5 mil in 5 games $1.3 mil per then kicked to the curb.

    Deangelo Hall $8 mil in 8 games $1mil per then run out of town.

    Never thought anyone would beat Hall’s record.

  24. notoriousjebus says: Oct 7, 2013 9:07 PM

    Yeah, but after agent fees, management fees, state and local taxes the poor guy is lucky if he cleared $8 million.

  25. blackngold4life says: Oct 7, 2013 9:16 PM

    PRO BOWL? MVP? FAREAL..FLYNN?? Jacksonville should give this dude a ring

  26. packfan0492 says: Oct 7, 2013 9:17 PM

    Great move by the Pack to get Flynn his money without paying him. Now they can sign him to minimum and he has his millions. Thanks sea chickens and raiders!

  27. harrycanyon says: Oct 7, 2013 9:19 PM

    The man has barely gotten time to show if can or can not play. A couple of quarters in pre season is hardly enough time to evaluate. The Raiders were just in such a hurry to play the mobile , flavor of the month QB, they gave up. Give the man a chance to play. He could suck, but his little opportunity is not enough to determine that.

  28. alewatcher says: Oct 7, 2013 9:19 PM

    Backup QB = Best. Job. Ever.

  29. rockothewallaby says: Oct 7, 2013 9:24 PM

    Flynn is a bawse

  30. wojo243 says: Oct 7, 2013 9:28 PM

    The reason the Raiders upped Flynn’s salary was insurance for precisely what happened this year. The Raiders already had a “clear out” year by carrying over 40% of it’s cap in dead money by getting rid of inflated old deals.

    If Flynn worked out for the Raiders, his salary would by justified. If he flopped (which he did), his salary for 2013 would just be a drop in the bucket in a rebuilding year and would give them a clean break from his salary in 2014.

    If they had let him play under his old deal, they would be on hook for a much larger amount next year when they are positioning to be a player in Free Agency.

  31. annes22 says: Oct 7, 2013 9:33 PM

    Thank god the Dolphins didn’t take Matt Flynn.
    He has done nothing for a pile of money, nice job if you know how to do it without playing.

  32. howiehandles says: Oct 7, 2013 9:33 PM

    “Kudos to the Packers for taking advantage of stupid people”

    What did the Packers gain? Didn’t Flynn leave as a FA? What compensation did the Packers receive?

  33. howiehandles says: Oct 7, 2013 9:35 PM

    Good on the Raiders to realize their mistake. Only cost them a fifth round pick. How many 5th round picks make anything of themselves. Worth the risk.

  34. sfgamblers says: Oct 7, 2013 9:35 PM

    thank goodness the dolphins didn’t sign this loser. I would rather have a former WR as my QB than this fool.

  35. mcjon22 says: Oct 7, 2013 9:38 PM

    God Bless America

  36. kcflake says: Oct 7, 2013 9:39 PM

    Flynn is the Bernie Madoff of NFL qbs. Almost as bad as matt vessel banking $45 million off the chiefs

  37. whatjusthapped says: Oct 7, 2013 9:44 PM

    For those who say he should be arrested for theft, what should he charge Ponder with, Grand Theft?

  38. souldogdave says: Oct 7, 2013 9:47 PM

    The packers dumped his contract and got a 5th round pick from the Raiders, that’s what they gained, howiehandles.

  39. John A. says: Oct 7, 2013 9:48 PM

    I believe the Packers received a fifth round pick in the 2013 draft as compensation for Flynn signing with the Seahawks.

  40. stampnhawk says: Oct 7, 2013 9:49 PM

    While it certainly helped that Wilson grabbed his opportunity, recall he only got that time because Flynn was slightly hurt in preseason last year.

    Without that injury at that time, chances are Flynn would’ve started the year last year. Even if he sucked, he would’ve gotten a few more games, games and reps in practice Wilson wouldn’t have gotten. Thus, the development Wilson got through preseason and through thopse first 4 or 5 games when the coaches opened the playbook to him, wouldn’t have happened as quickly.

    For Flynn, if he struggled in Seattle and gotten eventually replaced last year by Russel, he would’nt have likely gotten traded and thus the millions in guaranteed $ he got from the Raiders.

  41. emoney826 says: Oct 7, 2013 9:50 PM

    I believe the packers received a conditional 6th round pick when Matt Damon..I mean, Matt Flynn left via free agency. So yes, they got something. Not much, but it was something.

  42. jaxdolfan says: Oct 7, 2013 9:50 PM

    I think he could start for the jaguars

  43. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 7, 2013 9:59 PM

    So… has george bush.

  44. capn0bvious says: Oct 7, 2013 9:59 PM

    I kinda feel bad for him, but then I remember he got more money in the last 2 years than I ever will in my life, unless I win the lottery, so too bad for him. Go crawling to whatever team will have you.

  45. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 7, 2013 10:09 PM

    Gets paid all that money off ONE GAME. He and Kolb. Embarrassing.

  46. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 7, 2013 10:42 PM

    Every minnesota viking ever has made a lot of money for not much performance.

  47. deejayehn says: Oct 7, 2013 10:46 PM

    I don’t fault Flynn…I just want to figure out how to do the same thing!

  48. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 7, 2013 10:52 PM

    Ooohhhhh! Another one!!!
    -Vikings

  49. wearethesteelers says: Oct 7, 2013 10:54 PM

    misterdreamer119 says:
    Oct 7, 2013 8:35 PM
    He should be arrested for thievery. flynn makes scuab look like johnny unitas. sheesh!
    _______________________________

    Unitas was from Pittsburgh. Go Steelers!

  50. jucam1 says: Oct 7, 2013 11:28 PM

    What I find do interesting about this story is that Matt Flynn can be a flop and an awful player who basically steals money from his teams, and most people comment saying “way to get what you can!” And “hey if the team was dumb enough to pay him!”…. However, let this be a receiver or an LB, RB, or players like Byrd, or Clady, or Wallace and those guys are selfish, greedy, bad teammates that don’t care about the team or the sport…. I wonder what the difference is?…. Any answers?

  51. golforepar says: Oct 7, 2013 11:45 PM

    Ponder says “I made more then Flynn”!

  52. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 7, 2013 11:49 PM

    Everyone screaming about Gabbert, this toad has made more for sitting on his ass the past 15 months than Blaine will get for four years of getting clobbered every game behind a non existant offensive line.

  53. superboys5x says: Oct 7, 2013 11:57 PM

    Maybe the Giants will sign him and bench The Mouth Breather Manning!

  54. pekkle007 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:05 AM

    Don’t worry. Reggie’s track record at evaluating QBs is flawless.

  55. nativeraider says: Oct 8, 2013 12:14 AM

    Damn this was a long road travelled for Pryor but he made it! I feel very proud of him. 1st he gets kicked out NCAA and Ohio State, 2nd he is suspended UNFAIRLY by the NFL when (when Pete Carroll wasn’t, basically same things done wrong) 3rd gets Palmer traded for when hes still in the house, 4th Not getting a shot to prove he can play 5th having ANOTHER QB Flynn traded for and handed the starting QB position, 6th Beating Flynn out even tho the regime said Flynn was the starter ALL off season & pre season.

    The job is yours Pryor, continue your hard work and don’t take it for granted but I think I don’t need to tell you that! Go RAIDERS!

  56. metalhead65 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:32 AM

    the guy may suck but he is not stupid. he turned his 1 game performance into a lifetime of security. nobody forced the seahawks or the raiders to pay him that much money but he did what anyone would have in his shoes and took all he could get while he could. I would never work a day in my life again if I were him. he already achieved his dream of playing in the NFL however brief it was and made more money than he can ever use if he was smart with it. why risk injury by playing? unless another team is stupid enough to give him more than the league min. quit now and enjoy life without the physical pain football brings.

  57. dcapettini says: Oct 8, 2013 1:12 AM

    Come on! Looking at JaMarcus, this sounds like chump change. After Drew Brees, none of these “doesn’t fit in with our plans” guys has ever done anything. Maybe Alex Smith will prove me wrong, though. Bet SF wishes now that they had held onto him.

  58. ydousuk says: Oct 8, 2013 1:19 AM

    souldogdave says: Oct 7, 2013 9:47 PM

    The packers dumped his contract and got a 5th round pick from the Raiders, that’s what they gained, howiehandle
    —————————————————————
    Flynn was a free agent when the Seahawks signed him. The Seahawks traded him to the Raiders, so…that’s NOT what the Packers gained.

  59. coachbeck says: Oct 8, 2013 1:26 AM

    I love how this is all a Mckenzie screw up. It’s killing him that Al Davis’s pick is the qb.

    Your not a genius McKenzie your a joke.

  60. jimmysee says: Oct 8, 2013 1:43 AM

    We should all be in like Flynn.

    My respect for Joe Philbin has increased ten-fold. As ex-offensive coordinator for Green Bay, Philbin had sense enough not to bring Flynn to Miami.

  61. briang123 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:52 AM

    He shonld run for the Democrat nomination for President. He’d fit right in.

  62. joetoronto says: Oct 8, 2013 5:27 AM

    packfan0492 says:
    Oct 7, 2013 9:17 PM
    Great move by the Pack to get Flynn his money without paying him. Now they can sign him to minimum and he has his millions. Thanks sea chickens and raiders!
    ***************************************************
    If you want a QB that isn’t interested in playing anymore, a deadbeat who quit trying because he has all the money he needs, then by all means, go ahead and take him.

    SMH.

  63. acdc84 says: Oct 8, 2013 5:54 AM

    Admittedly Flynn has been awful, but the joke’s on Seattle and now Oakland!! I’m sure someone else will break it down but I’m curious about the ratio of Flynn’s passing yards vs Detroit to dollars “earned” since then!

    If GB has any smarts they should re-sign Flynn to the role he’s always been perfect for. The drop-off from Rodgers to Seneca Wallace is easily one of the biggest in the league, and Flynn was able to rob the vaults of not one but two NFL franchises based on his performance filling for the franchise that I’d think would love to have him back.

  64. tonyovertroy says: Oct 8, 2013 9:12 AM

    Matt Flynn may have went to the School of Unfulfilled Contracts, but I was the Valedictorian!

    -Signed,
    Ryan Fitzpatrick

  65. steelerben says: Oct 8, 2013 9:32 AM

    lesliedevereaux says:

    Seriously, though, that dude basically stole money.

    misterdreamer119 says:

    He should be arrested for thievery.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    No, JaMarcus Russell stole money. Albert Haynesworth stole money. They had miles of talent and no interest in making an effort. They got a paycheck and propped their feet up.

    The Seahawks and Raiders just made a risky bet on limited available tape. For Seattle, they were in a desperate situation where all the pieces for a playoff contender were in place except for a QB. So, they collected a handful and rolled the dice. He looked great on tape and looked like he might have the tools needed to win, by all accounts is a good character guy, and came from a culture of winning in Green Bay. For Oakland, their team being in full rebuild mode, needed a centerpiece to build around. Sure he was beat out in Seattle by a third round rookie, but that was Russell Wilson, who would likely beat out the starter on a lot of other teams, because he was held back by a bad elbow in the preseason. On what was likely a lost season anyway, why not give the guy a whirl?

    Flynn came into both situations, worked hard, and fought for a starting role. It just turns out that while he doesn’t have a very low floor, his ceiling isn’t very high, either. He could be very successful as a back up in New Orleans, Denver, or anywhere else with a strong offensive line and good running game. He just isn’t starter material.

  66. williamwallacewouldhavebeenaraider says: Oct 8, 2013 10:26 AM

    wojo243 says:
    Oct 7, 2013 9:28 PM
    The reason the Raiders upped Flynn’s salary was insurance for precisely what happened this year. The Raiders already had a “clear out” year by carrying over 40% of it’s cap in dead money by getting rid of inflated old deals.

    If Flynn worked out for the Raiders, his salary would by justified. If he flopped (which he did), his salary for 2013 would just be a drop in the bucket in a rebuilding year and would give them a clean break from his salary in 2014.

    If they had let him play under his old deal, they would be on hook for a much larger amount next year when they are positioning to be a player in Free Agency.
    _________________________________
    Thank You WOJO someone finally who understands what Mckenzie has done. Thanks to Reggie our team will now be an estimated 50 million under th cap. The true rebuilding can begin. The culture change is already taking place and we can see it on field. Haters gonna hate. PFT DO SOME ACTUAL REPORTING.

  67. radrntn says: Oct 8, 2013 12:05 PM

    in all fairness to flynn, he is more of a pocket passer, and the raiders o-line as beat up as it is can not really create a pocket. The raiders have been competitive in every game (denver not so much, but will see in later in the year in oakland), and have done so pretty much with 10 out of 11 new guys on defense, and last week without dmc, a single starting o-lineman, all the guys were second and third string. Just wait as Terrelle gets that much better, and the teams develops continuity, and team chemistry….Raiders are heading in the right direction.

    Go Raiders!

  68. raiderapologist says: Oct 8, 2013 8:49 PM

    jkvndn99 says: Oct 7, 2013 8:24 PM

    Until Oakland rids themselves of all people named Davis, moves like this will continue to happen.
    ————
    Jim Plunkett would slap you with his bitch hand for that comment, but it is weighed down with diamonds.

  69. bigblackanvil says: Oct 10, 2013 8:06 AM

    I love how Jamarcus Russell got put in these comments when we’re talking about how whack Flynn is.

  70. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 10, 2013 1:05 PM

    bigblackanvil says: Oct 10, 2013 8:06 AM

    I love how Jamarcus Russell got put in these comments when we’re talking about how whack Flynn is.
    —————-

    At least Russell played more than ONE GAME.

  71. shehatemebad says: Nov 4, 2013 2:10 PM

    Tonyovertroy says:

    Matt Flynn may have went to the School of Unfulfilled Contracts, but I was the Valedictorian!

    -Signed,
    Ryan Fitzpatrick

    ———————————————————-
    Wrong my friend! Jamarcus’s (39Mil) and Albert’s (65Mil) easily beat out Ryan for that honor! I’ll also bet you dollars to donuts that Matt’s 14Mil will last a lot longer than Jamarcus’s 39Mil !!

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