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Raiders cut quarterback Matt Flynn

  • Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn (15) hands off to running back Darren McFadden (20) during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders released quarterback Matt Flynn on Monday, just six months after bringing him in to be the starter.

Oakland acquired Flynn in April from Seattle for a 2014 fifth-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2015. The Raiders also reworked Flynn's contract to give him $6.5 million in guaranteed money this season.

But Flynn was beaten out for the starting job in the preseason by Terrelle Pryor and then fell to third string behind undrafted free agent Matt McGloin last week, leading to his eventual release.

"It just didn't work," coach Dennis Allen said. "Terrelle came in and he took over the job. He's earned the position that he's in. So, we just felt like it's probably best to move on from that."

Sports Illustrated first reported the move.

Flynn made two appearances for Oakland (2-3) for all that money. He came in late in a loss at Denver on Sept. 23, after Pryor was knocked out with a concussion, and then started against Washington the following week.

He was booed by the home crowd from the start of that game and struggled mightily as the Raiders lost 24-14. He threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown, lost a fumble in the second half and was sacked seven times as he lacked pocket presence.

Pryor came back to regain the starting job and led the Raiders to a 27-17 victory Sunday night over the Chargers as Flynn sat watching.

"This kid's going to continue to improve," Allen said. "He's probably leaps and bounds ahead of where we thought he would be at this point in time. The key for him is he continues to work and continues to strive to get better on the little things."

After spending four years as Aaron Rodgers' backup in Green Bay, Flynn was one of the most sought after quarterbacks on the free-agent market in 2012 based largely on one dynamic start. Flynn threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in the 2011 season finale for the Packers against Detroit.

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