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Arizona Cardinals release QB John Skelton
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have released quarterback John Skelton, who started 17 games for the team over the past three seasons.
The move on Monday came amid reports the team was trying to work out a trade to bring quarterback Carson Palmer from Oakland.
Skelton beat out Kevin Kolb for the starting job under then-coach Ken Whisenhunt in training camp last season. He was hurt in the opener and Kolb took over.
Skelton returned as starter when Kolb was injured, but lost the job due to poor performance. The Cardinals released Kolb earlier and he has agreed to a contract with Buffalo.
Meanwhile, quarterback Brian Hoyer has signed his tender offer from the club. Running back William Powell and defensive back Ronald Talley also re-signed with the Cardinals.
Longtime Jaguars executive Prescott resigns as CFO
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — After 17 seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Bill Prescott has resigned as chief financial officer.
The team says Prescott left to “pursue new opportunities and challenges.”
Prescott, who plans to remain in the Jacksonville area, says he has “nothing but great memories” and has “made friends for life.”
Prescott will remain as an advisor to his replacement, Kelly Flanagan. She was promoted Monday to vice president of finance and planning. Flanagan spent the last year as the team’s business planning manager. Flanagan was part of Jaguars team president Mark Lamping’s executive staff in New York at MetLife Stadium. Flanagan served in the finance department and was ultimately named controller and lead stadium finance representative to the Giants and Jets.
AP Source: Browns trade QB Colt McCoy to Niners
CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Cleveland Browns have traded quarterback Colt McCoy to San Francisco.
McCoy, who started 21 games for the Browns in three seasons, has been sent to the 49ers for a late-round draft pick, said the person who spoke Monday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams have not yet announced the trade.
McCoy became expendable last week when the Browns signed veteran backup Jason Campbell, who is expected to challenge Brandon Weeden for the starting job. CBSSports.com was first to report the deal.
The Browns selected McCoy in third round of the 2010 draft. He played in eight games as a rookie and started 13 in 2011 before his season was ended by a concussion. McCoy went 6-15 as a starter.
Raiders acquire Flynn from Seahawks
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have traded for Seattle backup quarterback Matt Flynn in the team’s latest change at the game’s most important position.
The deal announced by the Seahawks on Monday signals the end to Carson Palmer’s tenure in Oakland. Palmer is expected to be dealt to Arizona. Oakland will send a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015 to Seattle for Flynn, who left Green Bay and signed a lucrative free agent deal with Seattle last year. But he couldn’t beat out rookie Russell Wilson for the starting job.
The Raiders also will receive a late-round pick from Arizona if the deal for Palmer is completed.
The Raiders traded a 2012 first-round pick and 2013 second-rounder to Cincinnati for Palmer midway through the 2011 season.
AP source: Hall gets 1-year deal to stay in DC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cornerback DeAngelo Hall is back with the Washington Redskins, agreeing to a more affordable one-year contract after being cut for salary cap reasons three weeks ago.
A person familiar with the deal said Monday night that Hall decided to return for approximately $2 million in 2013, a considerable drop-off from the $7.5 million in salary he would have made under his previous contract.
The person spoke under the condition of anonymity because the Redskins have not announced the deal.
Hall was a casualty of the Redskins’ $36 million salary cap penalty imposed by the NFL for the way the team structured contracts during the 2010 uncapped season. The second half of the penalty kicked in this year, and Hall was released so the Redskins could get under the cap.