Raiders release Matt Flynn

Two years ago, Matt Flynn was one of the hottest names in free agency.

After a couple of big-game performances with the Packers in relief of Aaron Rodgers, Flynn became a highly sought-after target. Seattle wound up signing him, only for rookie Russell Wilson to beat him out before the 2012 season started.

After the Seahawks traded Flynn to the Raiders, it was assumed the former LSU quarterback would take over that offense. Then Terrelle Pryor beat him out.

Now, Flynn, who made a start two weeks ago with Pryor out due to a concussion, is without a job. On Monday, the Raiders released him, indicating they believe they made a mistake trading for him in the first place.

It probably also cements where Flynn stands as a player in the National Football League. He's not a starting caliber quarterback. He's a serviceable backup with experience, which is the role he'll likely get in the near future.

In all honesty, the Bills might want to look at Flynn. With E.J. Manuel out for a while, Buffalo is prepared to start Thad Lewis, who was elevated from the practice squad, this week. If Lewis doesn't pan out in the immediate future, would Flynn be much worse?

Flynn will likely find a job somewhere. But the days of teams viewing him as a potential starter are over.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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