ALAMEDA -- Quarterback Matt Flynn arrived in Alameda on Tuesday eager for the opportunity to be an NFL starter for the first time in his six NFL seasons and hopeful of being a part of something "special."

Flynn addressed the media shortly after the Raiders traded predecessor Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals and less than 24 hours after he was summoned from Baton Rouge, La., upon being told he was traded to the Raiders from the Seattle Seahawks.

"I want to be a part of something special," Flynn said, "and that's a big possibility here, of building something special, building a winning environment and building a really great organization. That's part of the plan."

Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn takes part in a press conference at the football team’s headquarters on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Alameda,
Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn takes part in a press conference at the football team's headquarters on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Alameda, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Staff)

Flynn, 27, knows a thing or two about winning. His teams won all through high school and college, and he has been part of winning teams for all but his rookie season in 2008, when the Green Bay Packers finished 6-10.

Winning is something that Flynn envisions doing with the Raiders, too, even if they appear to be in a rebuilding mode.

"I've been pretty fortunate," Flynn said. "When you're on good teams for that long, you just expect it."

In Flynn, the Raiders are getting a quarterback with an accurate arm, a firm grasp of NFL offenses and someone with low mileage on his body.

They're also getting a "smart, disciplined player that doesn't like to lose, doesn't accept losing," Flynn said.


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Flynn has started only two games during his five NFL seasons. He passed for nine touchdowns and 731 yards in those two starts, both with the Packers.

The Raiders parted ways with a 2014 fifth-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2015 to get Flynn. He is signed for the next two seasons at less than the Raiders were slated to pay Palmer for 2013.