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NFL roundup: Matt Flynn and Colt McCoy traded; Carson Palmer trade could happen soon

Matt Flynn and Colt McCoy were traded on Monday, and a Carson Palmer trade isn't far behind. Here's a rundown of the latest NFL news.

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Monday marks Opening Day across Major League Baseball, but many teams were busy throughout the NFL as well. Two quarterbacks were traded, while another former star is on the verge of being traded according to reports.

Here's a rundown of the latest news throughout the NFL.

Raiders acquire Flynn

The Oakland Raiders made it official on Monday -- Matt Flynn is a Raider. Oakland acquired Flynn from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a 2014 fifth-round draft pick and 2015 conditional pick. Flynn was signed by the Seahawks to a three-year contract last offseason, but never started a game for Seattle after Russell Wilson beat Flynn out for the starting gig last summer.

Flynn will compete with Terrelle Pryor in training camp, but it's expected that Flynn will be Oakland's starting quarterback in Week 1. Despite being a five-year veteran, Flynn has very little NFL experience and will learn his third offense in as many seasons. Expectations should be tempered in Oakland as a result, but Flynn, at the least, provides something for the Raiders and Raiders fans alike to dream on.

Cleveland trades McCoy

The Colt McCoy era in Cleveland is over. The Browns traded McCoy, along with a sixth-round draft pick, to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a fifth and seventh-round draft pick in 2013.

McCoy replaces Alex Smith in San Francisco, and will likely become the 49ers' backup quarterback. Like Smith, McCoy is an accurate passer that lacks a big arm, giving Jim Harbaugh some semblance of continuity at the backup quarterback position.

Cleveland enters the 2013 NFL Draft with three quarterbacks on the roster: Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell and Thaddeus Lewis. Weeden will likely start, but with an experienced backup in Campbell, he'll find himself on a short leash.

Cardinals close to acquiring Palmer

Another year, another quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals are close to acquiring Carson Palmer from the Oakland Raiders, and the veteran will immediately become the most talented quarterback on Arizona's roster.

Last season, the Cardinals started Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer while boasting one of the league's worst passing offenses -- despite having Larry Fitzgerald as the team's top wide receiver.

Palmer, who will turn 34 toward the end of the 2013 season, should be an adequate fit for Bruce Arians' offense. Arians' offense is predicated on stretching the field, and though he's past his prime, Palmer does have plenty of arm strength left -- evidenced by setting his career-high in yards-per-attempt in 2011.

Arizona cuts Skelton

John Skelton is the odd man out in Arizona with Palmer coming in. While no deal has been finalized between the Cardinals and Raiders, it's expected that the two teams will complete a trade shortly -- and Skelton's release is further proof that a deal is close.

Skelton appeared in 20 games for Arizona between 2010-12, and started 17. Skelton completed just 53.2 percent of his passes for 3,707 yards, while throwing 15 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.

It's unlikely Skelton will compete to start in 2013, but he should find himself on another team's roster as quarterback depth.

Bucs sign Leonard

Brian Leonard signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, after spending four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

By signing with the Buccaneers, Leonard is reunited with Greg Schiano, who coached Leonard at Rutgers. Leonard won't start for Tampa Bay, but he will provide quality depth for the Bucs. With 113 career receptions in six seasons, Leonard could be used as a change-of-pace back out of the backfield.

Coleman signs with Saints

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Kenyon Coleman signed with the New Orleans Saints on Monday.

Coleman was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2002, and has since played for the Cowboys, Jets and Browns. Coleman spent the last two seasons with the Cowboys under Rob Ryan -- who is now the defensive coordinator in New Orleans.

Though he wasn't an impact player in Dallas, the Saints and Ryan know what they're getting in Coleman -- and he should provide solid depth for the Saints in 2013.

New Orleans also signed Luke McCown on Monday. McCown most recently served as a backup quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, but did not throw a pass in 2012.

McCown's role will be similar in New Orleans -- but instead of watching Matt Ryan, he'll watch Drew Brees.

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