Raiders make Matt Flynn trade official, Reggie McKenzie speaks

Jim Rogash

The Oakland Raiders on Monday acquired quarterback Matt Flynn in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. General Manager Reggie McKenzie made the announcement.

In exchange for Flynn, the Raiders have traded their fifth-round selection in the 2014 draft, as well as a conditional undisclosed 2015 selection, to the Seahawks.

Reggie McKenzie knew who he wanted as his next quarterback as has known him since before he joined the Packers while McKenzie was in the front office there. He then spent four years with him in Green Bay.

"I've known Matt Flynn since 2007 and scouted him before and after he entered the NFL," McKenzie said in a press release. "Matt is a tough football player, and a talented quarterback. He will get the opportunity to compete to be a starter with the Raiders. I believe Matt has that potential, but I also know he hasn't had enough experience. We're going to let him compete and battle, and see what happens. We know Raider Nation wants a team that can compete for the playoffs year-in and year-out and we're putting in the necessary work right now to make that happen. This is one of the many decisions in that process."

McKenzie witness one of the most impressive game by any quarterback in the 2011 regular-season finale when Flynn, starting for resting Rodgers, had a game for the Packers' record books. In leading the club to a 44-31 win over Detroit, Flynn set single-game franchise records in both yards (480) and touchdown passes (six).

The year prior, in his first career start, he led the Packers to a big win on the road against the 11-2 Patriots. His 100.2 passer rating in his very first start in the toughest stadium in the NFL to win a game may just be more impressive than his record setting game the season after. Both of them left an indelible impression on McKenzie.

Reggie McKenzie again gets "his guy" and Flynn gets another fresh start.

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