One year, a trade, and a restructured contract later, and Matt Flynn is in the same position he was in Seattle.
The 27-year-old may be in danger of losing out to another rookie quarterback named "Wilson," as Tyler Wilson will compete for the Oakland Raiders starting spot, as pointed out by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
A fourth round pick out of Arkansas, Wilson reportedly wowed coaches two weeks ago during rookie training camp, and it could be another long disappointing season for Flynn on the bench.
"Obviously, picking up a new system, there's a little bit of rust there," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said to Contra Costa Times. "But throwing the ball, he's done a nice job. I don't have any question about his arm strength and his accuracy."
When Oakland sent Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals and brought in Flynn, it was presumed the LSU alum would be the Week One starter on a rebuilding and cap-strapped Raiders roster.
Allen and Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie have not dubbed Flynn the starter and that’s led to speculation that Wilson could usurp the journeyman quarterback once again.
When Flynn threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in the Green Bay Packers 45-41 final victory of the 2011 season, it appeared the be the coming out party for the NFL’s next great quarterback.
It was predicted that Packer-record-breaking performance would guarantee Flynn a huge contract, and the starting nod with any team longing for a competent and skilled quarterback.
Flynn did sign a huge three-year, $26 million contract ($10 million guaranteed) with the Seattle Seahawks, but subsequently lost his job to incredible upstart rookie Russell Wilson. Russell's work ethic, leadership, and rapport with veterans ultimately won him the job.
During his five years with the Razorbacks, Tyler Wilson completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 7,765 yards and 52 touchdowns to 26 interceptions.
Flynn clearly has the NFL experience advantage, having worked in Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s complicated schemes, and reading defenses for the better part of five seasons.
Though who wins the starting position may have more to do with finances for Oakland.
Jettisoning Flynn and going with Wilson or reserve passer Tyrelle Pryor would be a much cheaper alternative for the Raiders in the long run. In 2013 Flynn represents a $3.62 million cap hit for Oakland, and that number jumps to $7.8 million next season.