The Oakland Raiders are starting from scratch once again at the quarterback position after trading veteran Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals. After sending Palmer to Arizona, the Raiders acquired Matt Flynn via trade with the Seattle Seahawks.
After a few years as a backup to Aaron Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers and one year after getting beat out by rookie Russell Wilson in Seattle, Flynn will have his opportunity to be a starter in Oakland. Flynn hasn’t secured the starting role as of yet, but all signs are pointing to Oakland going with the veteran heading into the 2013 NFL season.
With Flynn the projected starting quarterback for the Raiders, the longtime backup is confident he can become a franchise quarterback via Clark Judge of CBSSports.com:
“I don’t like to look at what’s happened in the past,” he said, “especially anything negative. I’m a very positive thinker. I like to think positive. I like to speak positively. And I believe that I can be a franchise quarterback.”
Currently, Flynn is battling it out with Terrelle Pryor and rookie Tyler Wilson for the starting gig in Oakland. The Raiders’ front office acquired Flynn with the intention of making him the starter right out of the gate next season, but the same scenario took place in Seattle with Wilson ultimately getting the job.
As of right now, Pryor and Wilson have turned some heads in training camp, but Flynn has been dubbed the clear favorite to be the Week 1 starter against the Indianapolis Colts.
Although Flynn seemingly has the job wrapped up, anything can happen between now and Week 1 on September 8.