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Raiders Cut $6.5 Million Third-Stringer Matt Flynn, ESPN Says

NFL Quarterback Matt Flynn
In six National Football League seasons, quarterback Matt Flynn, recently released from the Oakland Raiders, has completed 62.3 percent of his passes for 1,329 yards and 10 touchdowns, with six interceptions. Photographer: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) -- The Oakland Raiders released Matt Flynn, the National Football League team’s $6.5 million third-string quarterback, ESPN reported today, citing an unidentified person familiar with the move.

The 28-year-old Flynn was sacked seven times, fumbled twice and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins on Sept. 29, his lone start of the season. He was demoted after the game to third string behind starter Terrelle Pryor, who missed the game with a concussion, and undrafted rookie Matt McGloin.

The team will work out free-agent quarterbacks Pat White and David Carr tomorrow, according to ESPN.

Raiders spokesman Will Kiss didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment on the report.

Flynn played for the Green Bay Packers as a backup to Aaron Rodgers from 2008 to 2011. After he threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in the Packers’ 2011 season finale, both franchise records, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks on a three-year, $19.5 million contract. Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson won the starting job in preseason and Flynn was traded to Oakland in April.

In six NFL seasons, Flynn has completed 62.3 percent of his passes for 1,329 yards and 10 touchdowns, with six interceptions. He has never started more than one game in a season.

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