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Flynn to Raiders makes common sense

By TED SILLANPAA Twitter @tedsillanpa Analyzing hypothetical situations has become a cottage industry inside the business of covering sports. Oakland Raiders’ fans know by now that the club has been in negotiation with the Seattle Seahawks to trade for backup quarterback Matt Flynn. That has been reported by a variety of media outlets and mentioned as fact on Twitter by some of Flynn’s friends and teammates. But, that morsel of information has set off a flurry of analysis aimed at… Read More »

Raiders near trade for QB Matt Flynn

The Oakland Raiders are reportedly on the verge of acquiring a new starting quarterback. CBSSports.com reported Friday night that the Raiders are near completing a trade that would bring former Green Bay Packers passer Matt Flynn south from the Seattle Seahawks. Flynn, 28, signed a lucrative free agent deal to join the Seahawks a year ago. NFL.com reports that¬† the Seahawks would get a 2013 draft pick and a conditional 2014 selection if the Flynn trade is made. Flynn would… Read More »

Hey…Tom Brady taking less money wasn’t all that noble

By TED SILLANPAA on Twitter @TedSillanpaa¬† New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is drawing all kinds of praise for restructuring his contract to enable the team to sign or retain free agents. Some are calling it an amazingly team-oriented move by Brady who, in return, gets some financial security via a guaranteed contract in the NFL where nothing is ever guaranteed. You and I would be perceived as lot more financially selfless and generally noble if we were married to… Read More »

Giant respite: Rating Alex Smith, NFL QBs

By TED SILLANPAA Alex Smith has a great game and 49ers’ fans wonder when he’ll fall back to earth. If he has a terrible game, they call for absolutely unproven Colin Kaepernick to take more snaps. In an effort to determine where Alex Smith actually stands among NFL starting quarterbacks, let’s look at subjective groupings that include QBs I think are clearly better all-around than Smith, clearly inferior to the 49ers starter and some who are too young to really… Read More »