Matt Flynn's fall from grace in Oakland was swift and humiliating. Now it is complete.
Flynn, the Raiders' nominal starting quarterback less than two months ago, will be released by the team Monday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the move. Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter first had the news.
The Raiders confirmed Flynn's release Monday afternoon.
Flynn started and struggled in place of Terrelle Pryor in the Raiders' Week 4 loss to the Washington Redskins. Coach Dennis Allen was harshly critical of Flynn after the game and then demoted him to No. 3 on the depth chart, behind undrafted rookie Matthew McGloin.
"I don't know exactly what the reason was. Why it didn't work ... it just didn't work," Allen said about Flynn on Monday. "Terrelle came in and took over the job."
This is an embarrassing moment for Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie. The former Green Bay Packers staffer gave up a fifth-round draft pick in 2014 for Flynn and handed him more than $6 million for the 2013 season. McKenzie also drafted quarterback Tyler Wilson in the fourth round; Wilson didn't make the team out of training camp.
Carr might be signed as a veteran presence behind Pryor and McGloin. Flynn, meanwhile, seems likely to eventually end up back with the Packers. Green Bay has been looking for a backup quarterback for months, eventually settling on Seneca Wallace.
Flynn looked effective when given the chance to play behind Aaron Rodgers in 2011. After failed tenures in Seattle and Oakland, we can't imagine Flynn having another chance to compete for a starting job.