Reports: Trade could send ex-Chant Thigpen to Seattle

Former Coastal Carolina quarterback Tyler Thigpen could be heading from one of the NFL’s coldest cities to one of the NFL’s hottest teams if and when a pending trade is finalized.

The Oakland Raiders are close to completing a deal for Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Matt Flynn, according to multiple media reports. If the deal is completed, the Seahawks are expected to sign Thigpen as a replacement to Russell Wilson, who led Seattle to the AFC Championship Game in his rookie season.

Thigpen has been a journeyman backup in his six NFL season, including stints in Minnesota, Kansas City, Miami and Buffalo. His ability as a mobile quarterback may make him an ideal fit to the Seahawks’ read-option offense, if all the dominos of the deal fall in place.

According to NFL.com, the Seahawks would acquire a 2013 draft pick and a conditional draft pick in 2014 in exchange for Flynn. A possible hold-up is that Flynn may be reluctant to to restructure the three-year, $19.5 million contract he signed last year with the Seahawks. His base salary would be $5.23 million in 2013, and the Raiders have limited cap room.

The Raiders are looking at options to replace veteran quarterback Carson Palmer after he refused to take a pay cut from the $13 million is scheduled to receive in 2013. ESPN reported Friday that a trade, probably for a late-round draft pick or picks, is imminent.

With Wilson establishing himself as Seattle’s quarterback during a sterling rookie seaason, the Seahawks are interested in unloading Flynn’s $5.25 million salary and giving him a shot to play with another team.

If the Raiders complete the deal for Flynn, they likely will release Palmer, which would trigger interest From Arizona. The Cardinals are in the market to add a veteran to an unstable quarterback situation.

Flynn lost a preseason battle last summer with Wilson for the starting job in Seattle after signing a three-year, $19.5 million contract with $10 million guaranteed as a free agent in March 2012.

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