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Report: Raiders eye Kevin Kolb if unable to land Matt Flynn

By Matt Rybaltowski | CBSSports.com


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The Raiders reportedly have expressed interest in Kevin Kolb. (USATSI)

On Friday afternoon, the Oakland Raiders appeared on the verge of acquiring Seahawks backup Matt Flynn in a move that would end the brief Carson Palmer era in the Bay Area.

As the two sides attempt to finalize the details of the potential trade, the Raiders reportedly have a back-up plan. In addition to pursuing Flynn, the Raiders have discussed the possibility of signing former Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb, according to Adam Caplan of Sirius NFL Radio.

The acquisition of Flynn may hit a snag because of salary-cap concerns. The Raiders were approximately $2.8 million under the salary cap on Mar. 26, according to Pro Football Talk, before the release of defensive lineman Tommy Kelly a day later. Flynn, meanwhile, may be unwilling to restructure a three-year, $19.5 million contract he signed with the Seahawks last year. Flynn carries a cap hit of $7.25 million in the upcoming season and one of $8.25 million in 2014.

Kolb, 28, is coming off two consecutive disappointing seasons in Arizona after signing a five-year deal with the Cardinals for more than $60 million in 2011. The former University of Houston quarterback faced constant pressure behind a beleaguered offensive line during his stint in Arizona. In 14 starts over two seasons, Kolb was sacked 57 times. In 2012, the Cardinals ended the season ranked last in the league in sacks allowed per pass attempt. With little time to throw, Kolb finished each season with a completion rate under 60 percent. Palmer received better protection, as the Raiders ranked sixth in the NFL in sacks allowed per pass attempt last season.

The Raiders' next move could hinge on their ability to trade Palmer. Ironically, Oakland has explored the possibility of trading Palmer to the Cardinals, CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported. Palmer, who reportedly is unwilling to restructure his contract, has a team-high cap hit of $15.25 million in 2013. If Palmer is released by Oakland he will cost the team $9.34 million against their 2013 salary cap in dead money, according to Spotrac.com.

Keep your eye on everything NFL by following Matt Rybaltowski on Twitter:@mattrybaltowski.

 
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