The Oakland Raiders are changing directions at quarterback once again.
The Raiders acquired Seattle backup Matt Flynn on Monday for draft picks, signaling an end to Carson Palmer’s brief tenure in Oakland.
Palmer was expected to be dealt to the Arizona Cardinals, who released quarterback John Skelton, a 17-game starter over three seasons.
The Raiders acquired Palmer from Cincinnati midway through the 2011 season, trading a 2012 first-round draft pick and 2013 second-rounder for the former Pro Bowler. Oakland will send a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015 to Seattle for Flynn. The Raiders also will receive a late-round pick from Arizona if the deal for Palmer is completed.
Palmer failed to get Oakland to the playoffs in 2011, falling one game short, then the Raiders regressed and went 4-12 this past year. Oakland still owes him $13 million.
After showing promise as a backup with the Packers, Flynn signed a three-year, $26 million deal with the Seahawks, but failed to beat out rookie Russell Wilson.
Former Browns join Saints
The New Orleans Saints agreed to one-year contracts with defensive end Kenyon Coleman and quarterback Luke McCown, unrestricted free agents who formerly played for the Browns.
The 6-foot-5, 293-pound Coleman, who played for the Browns in 2009-2010, spent the last two seasons as a starting defensive end in Dallas. He will rejoin new Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
McCown, 6-4, 217 pounds from Louisian Tech, is a former fourth-round selection of the Browns. He has played in 22 NFL games, completing 184-of-316 passes for 2,035 yards with nine touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Ravens player suspended
Baltimore Ravens special teams player Christian Thompson was suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
He played in seven games as a rookie last season before being placed on injured reserve Nov. 17 with a knee problem.
The 6-foot, 211-pound Thompson was drafted in the fourth round out of South Carolina State. He played in seven of the Ravens’ first eight games of the 2012 season.
Bills sign Kevin Kolb
Quarterback Kevin Kolb, a free agent formerly with the Cardinals, agreed to a two-year contract potentially worth more than $12 million with the Buffalo Bills.
Buffalo was down to one experienced quarterback on its roster — Tarvaris Jackson — after releasing returning starter Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Bengals retain veterans
The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed veteran cornerback Terence Newman to a two-year contract.
The Bengals also re-signed ends Robert Geathers, Michael Johnson and Wallace Gilberry, cornerback Adam Jones and linebacker Rey Maualuga from last year’s defense.
Around the league
The Jacksonville Jaguars released veteran defensive tackle C.J. Mosley, who started 15 games and recorded 136 tackles in three seasons with the team. ... Jaguars Chief Financial Officer Bill Prescott resigned after 17 seasons with the team. ... The Tennessee Titans agreed to one-year contracts with receiver Kevin Walter, formerly of the Texans, and offensive lineman Chris Spencer, formerly of the Bears.