Raiders release QB Matt Flynn

Matt Flynn won't be throwing anymore passes in Oakland. (USATSI)
Matt Flynn won't be throwing anymore passes in Oakland. (USATSI)

The short and painful Matt Flynn era is over in Oakland. Flynn has been released by the Raiders, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has confirmed. Oakland obtained Flynn in an April Fool's Day trade with the Seahawks. In exchange for the quarterback, the Raiders sent a 2014 fifth-round pick to Seattle. 

It has been a rough two weeks for Flynn. The sixth-year quarterback made his first start with the Raiders in a 24-14 Week 4 loss to Washington. After that game, coach Dennis Allen pretty much threw Flynn under the bus, saying that Flynn didn't "play well" and that he wasn't able to see the field well.

Three days after the Raiders' Sept. 29 loss to the Redskins, Flynn was demoted to third string behind starter Terrelle Pryor and undrafted free agent Matt McGloin.

Oakland acquired Flynn hoping he would be the team's starting quarterback in 2013, but that plan fizzled when Pryor outplayed him during the preseason. Flynn also lost a quarterback competition in 2012 when he was beaten out by Russell Wilson in Seattle.

Cutting Flynn won't be a cheap move for the Raiders. The 28-year-old former LSU quarterback has a $6.5 million fully guaranteed contract for 2013. Between Oakland and Seattle, Flynn made a total of $14.5 million over two seasons for one start. 

The Raiders did include offset language in Flynn's contract though, so if Flynn were to sign with another team this season, the money the other team pays him would be money the Raiders don't owe him. 

CBS Sports Writer

John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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