CLEVELAND — The Browns discarded another quarterback. Colt McCoy will start over as a backup in San Francisco.
McCoy, who became expendable when Cleveland signed veteran free agent quarterback Jason Campbell last week, was traded Monday to the San Francisco 49ers for two draft picks.
The Browns confirmed the deal on the same day new coach Rob Chudzinski welcomed more than 60 players — including McCoy — for the start of the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program.
The Browns only said they received two “undisclosed” draft choices, but a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press the team got a fifth- and seventh-round pick in this month’s NFL draft in exchange for McCoy and Cleveland’s sixth-round pick. The person provided details of the trade on condition of anonymity. The Browns now have seven picks in this year’s draft.
McCoy is one of 18 quarterbacks to start for the Browns since 1999. The team’s inability to find a franchise QB is among the biggest reasons Cleveland has made the playoffs just once in 14 seasons.
Veteran QB Skelton released: In Tempe, Ariz., Arizona 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.
special teamer Thompson suspended by NFL: In Owings Mills, Md., Baltimore 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.
The suspension was announced Monday by the NFL.
Thompson 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 will be eligible to return to the Ravens’ active roster on the day after the team’s fourth regular-season game. He is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.
Thompson played in seven of the Ravens’ first eight games of the 2012 season. He was a safety in college.
Defensive tackle Mosley cut after 3 seasons: In Jacksonville, Fla., Jacksonville released veteran defensive tackle C.J. Mosley.
Mosley spent the last three seasons with the Jaguars, starting 15 games and recording 136 tackles.
He won the starting job over Terrance Knighton last season. He started 12 games in 2012 and had a career-best 80 tackles. He also had 2½ sacks and three fumble recoveries.
Cornerback Newman re-signs: In Cincinnati, Cornerback Terence Newman signed a two-year contract with Cincinnati.
Newman will enter his 11th NFL season and second with the Bengals. He played his first nine seasons with Dallas after being drafted in the first round in 2003.
Last season, Newman led the Bengals in passes defensed with 14 and had two interceptions to raise his career total to 34.
Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer says Newman is “the kind of guy we want back as we work to keep our defense together.”
Cincinnati also has re-signed ends Robert Geathers, Michael Johnson and Wallace Gilberry, cornerback Adam Jones and linebacker Rey Maualuga from last year’s defense.