In an effort to make salary cap space, the Oakland Raiders restructured the contract of quarterback Matt Flynn, turning a good portion of his $3.25 million salary for the 2013 season into a signing bonus, according to NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport on Thursday.
Rapoport also reports that the Raiders will save around $1 million by reworking Flynn's deal, providing a bit more relief to the $179,987 worth of cap space the team had before.
Flynn was acquired by Oakland in a trade from the Seattle Seahawks in April. He signed a two-year deal with the Raiders and is thought to be the team's frontrunner at starting quarterback, ahead of the likes of Terrelle Pryor and rookie Tyler Wilson. It's a well-told story by now, but Flynn was also Seattle's supposed quarterback of the future before the instant emergence of rookie Russell Wilson.
Flynn still holds a Green Bay Packers franchise record for most passing yards in a game after torching the Detroit Lions for 480 in Week 17 of the 2011 regular season. He was also, after that game, the sole owner of the franchise mark for touchdown passes in a game with six, before somebody named Aaron Rodgers tied the record against the Houston Texans in Week 6 last season.