Some might see the worst roster in the NFL. Matt Flynn, on his first day in the new office in Alameda, sees the Raiders as a beautiful rebuilding project. And he's a key to it.

"It's something that fires me up," said Flynn said, a day after the Raiders traded a late draft pick in 2014 and 2015 to the Seahawks for him. "It's something that really makes me ready to get here because I want to be part of something special.

"I really think that's a big possibility here - building something special, building a winning environment and building a really good organization."

Carson Palmer, whom Flynn is replacing, didn't exactly share that belief. He didn't want to take a pay cut with the Raiders, and sources confirmed that he doesn't think the Raiders are close to winning. After dinner with Cardinals executives Monday night, Palmer agreed to a deal with Arizona, a condition of a trade with the Raiders.

The Cardinals sent a sixth-round pick (176th overall) to the Raiders in exchange for Palmer and Oakland's seventh-round pick (219th overall). In addition, the Raiders will receive a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft if Palmer starts 13 games for Arizona in 2013.

Palmer, 33, was due to make $13 million with the Raiders next season, and he said the Raiders didn't offer any guaranteed money when they wanted him to take less. Palmer's restructured deal with the Cardinals is for two years and $16 million.

It ends a 17-month run with the Raiders, after what will go down as one of the worst trades in NFL history. Oakland, making a bid for the playoffs in 2011, gave the Bengals a 2012 first-round draft pick and a second-round selection in the 2013 draft for Palmer. The Raiders, 4-2 at the time of the trade, went 4-6 after acquiring Palmer and missed the playoffs.