April 2, 2013 |
For the second time in seven years, the Arizona Cardinals have acquired a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from USC. The Cardinals traded for Oakland's Carson Palmer on Tuesday, swapping their sixth-round pick (No. 176) in this year's draft for the Raiders' seventh-round pick (219). That's absurdly cheap, considering the first- and second-round selections the Raiders gave up to acquire Palmer from Cincinnati in 2011. Palmer, 33, had declined to take a pay cut on his $13-million salary to stay with the Raiders, but he agreed to a new deal with the Cardinals, the terms of which are undisclosed.
April 1, 2013 |
A year after Denver made a huge splash by signing Peyton Manning, smaller yet significant quarterback moves have rippled west. Oakland, San Francisco and Seattle either acquired or dealt noteworthy passers Monday, and Arizona could be next to tweak its roster. All the jostling could have an effect on how early the top college quarterbacks will be selected in this month's draft. The Raiders traded for Seattle's Matt Flynn, sending the Seahawks two future draft picks for the quarterback who backed up rookie sensation Russell Wilson last season.
February 15, 2013 |
Blaine Gabbert would be the top pick in the 2013 NFL draft if he had stayed at Missouri a full five years rather than come out two years ago. So says the man who has inherited him as his signal caller, new Jacksonville quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo. While many Jaguars fans are ready to pull the plug on Gabbert after two lackluster seasons, Scelfo seems to think the team's best young option at quarterback is the one already on its roster, rather than, say, West Virginia's Geno Smith or USC's Matt Barkley.
January 15, 2013 |
Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III beat out fellow quarterbacks Andrew Luck of Indianapolis and Russell Wilson of Seattle, as well as several other impressive first-year NFL players, as Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America's rookie of the year. Of course, this isn't the rookie-of-the-year award. That one comes from the Associated Press and will be announced Feb. 2. But the PFW/PFWA honor can be viewed as a gauge as to how voters are thinking. It's particularly interesting this year, given the expected close race between the trio of stellar rookie quarterbacks.
January 12, 2013 |
Peyton Manning leads the Denver Broncos into an AFC divisional playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens Saturday afternoon in the chilly confines of Sports Authority Field at Mile High stadium. Now, who would have thought that was possible about this time last year? Manning was sidelined all last season following multiple neck surgeries and speculation had been mounting for months that the Indianapolis Colts would part ways with the four-time MVP of the NFL. So when the time came, Manning graciously accepted the Colts' decision to cut ties with him as the organization looked to draft Stanford wunderkind Andrew Luck with the first overall pick.
January 7, 2013 |
Indianapolis Colts Coach Chuck Pagano has been through a lot this season. After being hired by the Colts during the off-season, Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and missed most of the season while undergoing treatment. He re-assumed his head-coaching duties before the final regular-season game, a victory over the Houston Texans, and remained in that role for the Colts' wild-card playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, a season-ending 24-9 loss. Still, it was quite a season for the Colts, who had won just two games the previous year and revamped much of the team, opting to draft Andrew Luck as quarterback and trade all-time great Peyton Manning.