Originally written April 02, 2013 on Minus Twenty-Two:
Reggie McKenzie was been a busy man on Monday. The Raiders GM pulled the trigger on a previously speculated Matt Flynn trade with Seattle, surrendering just a 2014 fifth-round pick and a 2015 condition pick. Reports, led by Yahoo’s Mike Silver, also say the Raiders are close to sending Carson Palmer to the Cardinals for a late-round choice in this year’s draft. That deal is reportedly contingent on the Arizona and Palmer working out restructured contract. By late Monday, however, nothing had been consummated. But if the Cardinals are actually dumb enough to give away a draft pick for Palmer, McKenzie will have executed two trades that swap out a QB that probably didn’t want to be in Oakland and also protect the Raiders’ immediate best interests. In essence, McKenzie picks up Flynn while keeping this year’s meager crop of draft picks in tact. He also jettisons Palmer while simultaneously adding to that collection of picks and, more importantly, without cutting him and absorbing an e...
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