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Raiders Close to Matt Flynn Trade, Where Will Carson Palmer Land?

With a veteran quarterback unwilling to take a pay cut while another one just wants a chance to be an NFL starter, the parties may have found the answers to their dilemmas with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn.

The Oakland Raiders will trade for Flynn.

On Friday, NFL.com reported that trade terms had been settled between the two teams. Should the deal get completed, the Seahawks would get a 2013 draft pick with a conditional 2014 selection.  But the second half of the equation with the Raiders needs to be finished before there is a finalized deal.

One possible hold up is the payday that Flynn comes with: 2013’s $5.25 million salary and 2014’s $6.25 million. Would the Raiders be willing to pay this? They are struggling with $2.8 million in cap space.

The team is also reportedly interested in former Arizona Cardinals quarterback, Kevin Kolb. Adam Caplan of SiriusXM tweeted on Friday, “In addition to having interest in Seahawks QB Matt Flynn, the Raiders have discussed the possibility of signing QB Kevin Kolb.”

Then there’s also Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer. The team will need to release him since he’s refusing to take an alleged $3 million cut. They could be trying to find him a new team or will he just retire?

The Cardinals have said to have an interest in Palmer which could bode well as USA TODAY Sports reported from an anonymous source that the team sits at the top of the quarterback’s wish list for possible new teams.

He would join a crowded quarterback stable that includes Brian Hoyer, Drew Stanton, John Skelton, and Ryan Lindley. Does he still have what it takes to be a starter? He’s had some dismal play since the Cincinnati Bengals traded him to the Raiders in 2011.

Since joining the team in October 2011, he went 8-16 as their starter. Over 25 games, he had 35 touchdowns with 32 picks.

There’s a second team on Palmer’s wish list: the team across the bay, the San Francisco 49ers. He could serve as Colin Kaerpernick’s back up quarterback.

NFL.com also opined that the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills could be interested in adding a veteran to their quarterback rosters.

And just to add to this story’s tentacles, should Flynn bolt, the Seahawks are supposedly looking at Tyler Thigpen as a possible back up to starter Russell Wilson.

Debbie Baratz

Deb has been writing about the NFL and NCAA football for the last few years. She is a full-time writer and an avid sports fan. Follow her on twitter @ldbar.

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