The Seattle Seahawks will trade backup quarterback Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders for two draft picks, reports FOX's Jay Glazer on Twitter.
OAK has traded 2 picks to Seattle for Matt Flynn, will sign papers on it this AM & now trying to finalize Carson Palmer to AZ for late pick
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) April 1, 2013
One pick is in the 2014 Draft, and another conditional selection is in the 2015 Draft, Glazer subsequently tweeted.
Seattle had been expected to trade Flynn this offseason. He signed a three-year, $26 million contract with the Seahawks last offseason. Flynn had success in limited action as Aaron Rodgers' backup in Green Bay and was believed to be looking for a chance to start.
But rookie Russell Wilson won the quarterback competition during training camp and had a stellar first season. Flynn became expendable.
This trade should lead to the completion of another anticipated move: Oakland's trade of Carson Palmer to the Cardinals. Palmer should help answer one question for Arizona: Who can get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald consistently? Fitzgerald, one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, has dealt with a mix of inexperienced and ineffective passers over the past two seasons. Palmer isn't an elite quarterback, but he has completed more than 60 percent of his passes in all but one season. He threw for 4,018 yards and 22 touchdowns last year.